The moment I saw this red velvet leather, I knew I had to use it for my next holiday heels project! I instantly had an idea in mind: a statement, sky-high party platform sandal for the holiday season… with the perfect touch of sparkle!!! 💎

I am sooo happy with how these turned out and can’t wait to wear them to my next Christmas party! 🎄

Here’s a little run through of how I made the shoes…

Step 1 - Firstly, I covered my insoles, platforms and heels with the gorgeous red velvet leather.

Step 2 - I then cut, stitched and assembled the uppers out of the same leather - adding some sparkly features with our  round crystal buckles and crystal embellishments.

Step 3 - I then lasted the uppers and ankle straps to the insoles.

Step 4 - After that, I glued the insoles to the platforms, before adding some black resin soling to the bottom of the shoes.

Step 5 - Next, I drilled into the insoles and screwed in the chunky heels.

Step 6 - Finally, I added some bright white leather insocks. And there we have it, a gorgeous pair of red velvet holiday platform heels!

Estimated time to make = 6 hours

Fancy making your own pair of holiday heels? To make getting started even easier, we’ve created a TOTALLY FREE downloadable ankle strap pattern in sizes EU 35 - EU 44.

high heel ankle strap free downloadable pattern PDF

In an effort to make shoemaking a more accessible craft, we've made this downloadable shoe pattern completely FREE, and have included step-by-step instructions to help you along the shoemaking and sewing process.

Download the pattern here.

The free PDF shoe pattern is available for instant download and prints on sheets of A4 or Letter size paper. All you have to do is print at 100%, cut out the patterns, and tape together any that have been broken up to fit on an A4 page.

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The course covers how to make shoes from scratch including heels, flats, boots, sneakers, sandals, and more. The thing that really sets this course apart from others is that it's specifically designed for total beginners and requires very little in the way of tools & equipment, there's even a bonus module on how to start your own shoe brand. To make getting started even easier, the course comes with a FREE Shoemaking Starter Kit, delivered to your door, anywhere in the world! 🌍
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Happy Shoemaking, Amanda xx

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