Let’s make some shoes! This project is a great weekend project and easy to do.
- Espadrille Kit (You can find these kits online)
- Embroidery file of any design you want on your shoe
- Embroidery Thread
- Beads (optional)
Things To Know
I didn’t want to give you instructions how to make shoes because the espadrille kit that you purchase already comes with step by steps on how to create them. I am, however, going to give you tips and tricks on how I completed mine.
Here are some helpful tips:
- Use a heavy weight fabric such as canvas.
- When creating the embroidery for your shoe, be sure to cut out the pattern first and use the embroidery hoop that’s slightly bigger than your pattern. This is helpful when you go to remove your fabric from your hoop and cutting out your pattern piece.
- Stitch your embroidery directly in the center of your fabric.
- If you are going to hand-stitch beading onto your shoes, do it before you sew on the second layer. That way the underside of the band of your shoes will have a nice clean finish.
- Also, if you are beading, make sure each bead is double stitched making sure that the beads do not come loose.
- If you have a wide foot like me, DO NOT stitch the band of your shoes onto your soles with a 3/8 seam allowance. You will not be able to fit your foot into the shoe. I recommend 1/8” seam allowance.
- To create an open toe design, I just removed an inch from the toe portion of the pattern.
- When stitching the sole of your shoe and top band, I would highly recommend needle nose pliers. After a while, the thimbles on your thumb and forefinger don’t seem to help.