There are lots of ways to dress up that pair of boring shoes languishing in your closet. Adding tassels is one of those ways. The look of tassels can range from elegant to preppy to slick to trendy. Tassels are readily available in an array of sizes and colors at most craft stores. You can also make them yourself to both save money and get a better match for your shoes.

Things You'll Need

Making Tassels

Cut four squares from your piece of leather, each measuring 1 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 inch.

Draw your fringe lines on the side of the squares that will not be visible once cut and attached to your shoes. Draw them 1/4 inch apart, all the way across each square. Use a ruler to keep the lines straight and even.

Snip carefully along the pencil lines with sharp scissors. As you are cutting, stop short of the edge by about 1/2 inch. This will leave an uncut border across the top.

Hot glue one end of a leather cord piece to the center of one of the squares on the non-visible side of the uncut border.

Fold the tassel into thirds so that the pencil lines are on the inside and not visible. Hot glue along the outer edge to keep the tassel closed. The cord will be popping out of the top.

Repeat steps 4 and 5, creating another tassel on the other end of the cord. You should now have a piece of cord that has one tassel attached to each end.

Create a second cord with tassels by following steps 4 through 6 with the remaining materials.

Tying Tassels on Your Shoes

Fold one tasseled cord in half. This will create a loop with the two tassels hang next to each other.

Slip the loop underneath the “penny” part of your loafer. The loop should be pointing toward the top of your shoe while the tasseled ends hang over the toe area.

Pull the loop up, over and down toward the tassels. Thread the tassels through the loop and pull to tighter. This will secure them into place. Repeat with the second shoe.


  • If you are not tying the tassels to loafers, you can also tie them into your shoe laces. Just slip the tassel cord underneath your laces and knot into place before tying your shoes.