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.
Step 1: Materials
- * 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
FOR Switch Craft BATTERY PACK:
- 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
Step 3: Sew the LED Lights
Step 4: Make the Heel Pouch
NOTE: If you are using the Switch Craft Power Pack for your battery: sew on your jewelry clasps to the two threads left hanging on the outside of the cotton lining. Sew a Gold clasp to the (+) threads and a Silver clasp to the (-) thread.
PART B) If you want a soft diffused effect like they have in Rodarte, stuff some saran wrap or your sheer fabric into the newly made heel pouch shape to help create some space between the two fabrics.
Step 5: Put the Top and Bottom Heel Together
Close the gap of your pocket-like shape and sew the top and bottom heels together. Depending on your pattern, you may have to pin and gather the two sides together to ensure a nice curved fit. As you can see in the diagram below, the battery pack connects on the inside of the heel bottom of the pattern.
Step 6: Finish and Fit
Finally top-stitch your ribbon to the top of the shoe patter, make sure its long enough to tie around the front of your shoe (pick a length that suits your style). Insert your battery and let your heels shine.
If you want, you can add a switch at the top or back of the shoe. EVEN better, sew the (+) conductive thread from the LEDs up the top into one side of the ribbon. Sew the (+) from the battery to the other side of the ribbon and and make the ribbon the switch. This way they only light when the ribbon is tied, CUTE!