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The Art of Sewing Ribbons and Elastics (karma: 60)  en>fr fr>en
By Vozrozhdeniemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 783, member since Sun Jan 23, 2005
On Fri Jul 01, 2005 09:17 PM
Made sticky by Theresa (28613) on 2005-07-03 14:30:38
Made unsticky by Theresa (28613) on 2005-12-02 21:58:39 added to new faq

I thought I would post this detailed explanation since there have been several posts asking about how ribbons and elastics should be sewn.

Remember, usually ribbons are purchased in lengths of 2.5 - 3 meters long. In order to prepare your ribbons for sewing, simply fold the length of ribbon in half, then cut it. Then fold each piece in half again, and cut that. Then you will have your proper length of ribbon to sew onto your shoe. You can trim the ribbons later after your teacher has judged the tying of them.

The elastic should be long enough that if will fit over your ankle snugly, but not too tight so that it is uncomfortable.

Step 1. Set out your brand new pointe shoe.
Image hotlink - 'http://www.the-perfect-pointe.com/depp/rib10.jpg'

Step 2. Fold the heel down so that it touches the insole of the pointe shoe.
Image hotlink - 'http://www.the-perfect-pointe.com/depp/rib1.jpg'

Step 3. Make sure that the heel is folded down all the way- so that when you look at the bottom of the shoe, the only part of the heel that remains is what is used to make the fold.
Image hotlink - 'http://www.the-perfect-pointe.com/depp/rib8.jpg'

Step 4. Make a mark on either side of the inside of the shoe where the heel is folded to be your guide when sewing on your ribbons.
Image hotlink - 'http://www.the-perfect-pointe.com/depp/rib5.jpg'

Step 5. Sew the ribbons with the front edge of the ribbon placed on the mark you made. Make sure that your ribbons are angled 45 degrees toward the front of the pointe shoe.
Image hotlink - 'http://www.the-perfect-pointe.com/depp/rib2.jpg'

Step 6. Fold the back of the heel so that you can easily grasp the back of the shoe and clearly see the back seam of the shoe.
Image hotlink - 'http://www.the-perfect-pointe.com/depp/rib7.jpg'

Step 7. Position the first section of elastic angled 45 degrees outward so that the elastic is about a half inch away from the back seam.
Image hotlink - 'http://www.the-perfect-pointe.com/depp/rib6.jpg'

Step 8. Sew each side angled in the manner described above.
Image hotlink - 'http://www.the-perfect-pointe.com/depp/rib3.jpg'

Step 9. Look at your finished pointe shoe to make sure it looks like the following picture. If it does, you have sewn your ribbons and elastics correctly.
Image hotlink - 'http://www.the-perfect-pointe.com/depp/rib4.jpg'

60 Replies to The Art of Sewing Ribbons and Elastics

re: The Art of Sewing Ribbons and Elastics (karma: 3)  en>fr fr>en
By iliahmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 2320, member since Tue May 10, 2005
On Fri Jul 01, 2005 09:22 PM
Awesome post by the residential pointe shoe specialist. It must have taken you a long time for all the picture, and this should cut down on the n00b-esque posts about how to sew ribbons/elastics. Karma!
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By autumnbreakdownPremium member Comments: 1517, member since Wed Jun 15, 2005
On Fri Jul 01, 2005 11:03 PM
That is very helpful. Hopefully lots people with this question will see this. Maybe add it to the sticky thread?

~bailameansdance~
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By JoyNoellePremium member Comments: 3864, member since Fri Feb 04, 2005
On Sat Jul 02, 2005 10:54 AM
What a great post! I don't think I've ever seen a better guide to sewing ribbons and elastics on pointe shoes. The illustrations, coupled with the instructions, are very clear. I sure wish the Internet had existed back when I got my first pair of pointes! :)
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By melanie_t Comments: 443, member since Tue Mar 01, 2005
On Sat Jul 02, 2005 02:53 PM
Great post! It really should be made a sticky because I see so many questions about how to sew on ribbons and elastics. Karma for you!
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By odette827member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 454, member since Tue Mar 01, 2005
On Sat Jul 02, 2005 03:26 PM
Great pictures, and concise descriptions. Karma!

~Linda
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By Frappeccinomember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 710, member since Thu Jun 26, 2003
On Sat Jul 02, 2005 03:46 PM
very nice post! karma for the pictures and good descriptions!
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By hkLolamember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 723, member since Sat Jun 04, 2005
On Sat Jul 02, 2005 06:30 PM
Sticky!!!! So I don't lose it.
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By diva99member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 667, member since Tue Jan 27, 2004
On Tue Jul 05, 2005 07:57 PM
great post!! nicee picturess.. you explained really well every step! **KARMA** thiss postt HAs to be sticky! ;)

diva99
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By twinkletoes88member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 512, member since Sat Mar 30, 2002
On Tue Jul 05, 2005 09:05 PM
wicked post, i never knew you had to angle the ribbons in..maybe thats why mine never sit neatly..lol.
karma
EmXXOO
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By DancerBabe328member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 1717, member since Mon May 05, 2003
On Tue Jul 05, 2005 09:31 PM
Wow! Thanks sooo much for posting this! It was very helpful! lol I only wish I had this when I got my pointe shoes .. I had a terrible time trying to figure out where the heck I was supposed to so the ribbons and elastics!!
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By Namps Comments: 240, member since Fri Mar 18, 2005
On Wed Jul 06, 2005 10:56 AM
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
karma!
Naomi
xxx
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By lauren__member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 302, member since Tue Nov 16, 2004
On Thu Jul 07, 2005 04:01 PM
Karma to you! Thanks for all these great pictures, they're really helpful!
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By dancingdewsis Comments: 96, member since Sat May 07, 2005
On Sun Jul 10, 2005 08:19 PM
This is great and very useful information
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By pinkpanther10 Comments: 168, member since Tue Oct 28, 2003
On Sat Jul 16, 2005 09:25 PM
thank you so much for posting that. i'm so dumb and i had to keep sewing my elastics and ribbons on over and over again because i couldn't get it right. ya helped me out. karma for you :)
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By yellowroses510 Comments: 6, member since Thu Jun 30, 2005
On Tue Jul 19, 2005 06:55 PM
How fantastic!!! I ALWAYS require assistance when I tie my ribbons...at 21, I think it's a little pathetic! But thanks so much for this great post! I'll definitely bookmark it and come back when it's time for me to sew on my new ribbons. :)
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By spunky__dancer Comments: 253, member since Sat Apr 09, 2005
On Thu Jul 21, 2005 02:01 AM
Thanks for posting!
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By emmydancer Comments: 35, member since Sun Jan 16, 2005
On Fri Jul 22, 2005 01:03 PM
Great post! It helped alot! :D
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By UberGoobermember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 6373, member since Sat May 15, 2004
On Fri Jul 22, 2005 07:05 PM
Great job! Very, very, very useful!

I work in a dance store that speicializes in pointe shoes. When we do ribbons, we reccomend that place the ribbon so that it hugs the arch. It enhances the arch and also makes it more comfortable.
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By Vozrozhdeniemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 783, member since Sun Jan 23, 2005
On Fri Jul 22, 2005 07:21 PM
But, the problem with that is that many dancer's have narrow heels, and placing the ribbons to hug the arch, this causes the heel of the shoe to be left somewhat unsupported- so then you have problems with the heels of shoes slipping off during class/performances/etc.
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By Summer1 Comments: 25, member since Fri Jul 15, 2005
On Fri Jul 22, 2005 10:08 PM
Very good detailed instuctions... thanks a lot!
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By x_amy_x Comments: 117, member since Mon Jun 27, 2005
On Tue Jul 26, 2005 08:05 AM
thank you so much! this post really helped, you had great pictures
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By PRBallarina Comments: 21, member since Tue Jul 26, 2005
On Tue Jul 26, 2005 08:40 PM
Thanks so much, it really helped me. Almost made a little mistake if it weren't for this
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By LEscrimeurFemmemember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 1741, member since Fri Dec 27, 2002
On Wed Jul 27, 2005 03:15 AM
Great post!

There was also a method in the 2nd edition of the Pointe Book for people who tend to sickle - sew one ribbon slightly forward and the other slightly back but it might not be the best idea if you alternate shoes (not just pairs of shoes).

I fold up my ribbons so that there is 4 layers of it (fold half once then half that) then I do a running stitch on top and bottom and whipstitch the sides. I find it harder to sew but they're much more secure.

The arch support thing was meant for dancers w/ high arches, not for people like me w/ invisible arches :(

Much Love Always,
Dasha
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By dance_101 Comments: 78, member since Thu Jul 28, 2005
On Thu Jul 28, 2005 12:48 PM
My dance teacher not to sew on elastic just to see if they would stay on ok and they did. Is that ok? she knose a lot about dancing, and point shoes. E-mail me at dancing_clay_sniffer@hotmail.com

dance_101
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