Cross elastics are an important part of a ballet shoe, as they help provide support and stability for the dancer’s feet. Sewing cross elastics onto ballet shoes is a relatively simple process, but it does require some patience and skill. Here are the steps you need to follow for sewing cross elastics on your ballet shoes:
Step 1: Prepare the Materials
Before you begin, make sure that you have all of the necessary materials and tools. You will need a pair of scissors, a tape measure or ruler, needle and thread, and the cross elastic itself. Make sure that the elastic is long enough to go around both sides of each shoe.
Step 2: Measure the Elastic
Once you have all of your materials ready, use a tape measure or ruler to measure the width of your elastic. Cut it to size if necessary. Then measure out two pieces that are long enough to go around each shoe.
Step 3: Attach the Elastic
Now it’s time to attach the elastic to each shoe. Start by inserting one end of the elastic into one side of the shoe’s opening.
Use a needle and thread to secure it in place by stitching along the top edge of the opening. Repeat this step with the other end on the opposite side.
Step 4: Secure with Knots
Once both ends of the elastic have been secured in place, tie them together with a few small knots at each end. This will help ensure that they stay in place while you’re dancing.
Step 5: Trim Excess Thread
Finally, trim any excess thread from around the edges so that it doesn’t show through when you’re wearing your shoes.