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After seeing Rodarte's light-up heels, I decided to make some for myself. The task seemed simple enough. I was able to make a slipcover for the heel of my shoe with embedded light. I used the LED sequins from Aniomagic, you can find them here. The battery pack is from Switch Craft, the materials below account for this. You can use a different battery holder if you like, both  Aniomagic and Lilypad's battery holders work well.

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Step 1: Materials

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  • * Pair of your favorite high-heeled shoes
  •  2 sew-able LEDs
  • Saran Wrap or lightweight sheer fabric.
  • Ribbon (at least 1 yard, more if you want it to lace up your leg)
  • Conductive thread/or thin conductive wire
  • Main Fabric (pick one with a good translucency for the light)
  • Cotton Lining Fabric
  • Paper and pencil
  • Needle, Thread & Fabric Pins, Scissors


  • 3 Hearing Aid Batteries (size 10)
  • 5mm Heat Shrink Tubing
  • 4 Magnetic jewelry clasps, 2 gold and 2 silver (design must be flat on both ends)

Step 2: Make the Pattern

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Make a pattern for the height and width of your shoe heels with paper and pencil. Make one pattern for the back of the shoe and one for the heel itself. When you are done, the shapes should look somewhat like the patterns below.

Step 3: Sew the LED Lights

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Sew in your LEDs to the cotton lining, following the diagram below. It is important that you use a singular thread for each (+) and (-) side of the LED. This means that you will have two threads meeting in the middle. Pull them through to the other side of your fabric and tie them in a knot, leaving about  5” of thread left over for use later. I’ve used red here to indicate the (+) side of the LED and black to represent the (-) side of the LED; however, your thread will be gray or silver. Sew in the LEDs for each shoe heel pattern.
m4l1n3 years ago
Very nice! I really want to try this! Thanks for the super idea! :)
baken4115 years ago
I've seen the heels before and fell in love with them. Good instructable and final product =]