Make Your Own Shoes: DIY Espadrilles
Gather the materials in The Espadrilles Kit. Cut out the pattern in your size.
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Using the pattern cut: 2 TOES in main fabric; 2 in lining and 4 in interfacing. Same for the HEEL.
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Fuse the interfacing to each corresponding piece. Each main and lining fabric should be interfaced.
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Place main & lining pieces, right sides together. Sew at 3/8” leaving a 3-4” opening as shown.
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Do the same for the heel pieces. Again, leave an opening of 3-4”. This time,along the outward curve.
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They should look like this!
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Clip the corners and cut the seam allowance down by half EXCEPT at the openings.
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Do the same, (clipping corners and cutting down seam allowance) for the heel.
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Turn pieces right sides out. Make sure to reduce bulk by pushing out the corners as much as you can.
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Fold the fabric at the openings inward and topstitch it closed for both the toe & heel.
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Place the TOE lining facing up and mark a 2-3” line 5/8” up from the inner edge.
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Place short end of the heel against the line. Pin in place. Repeat for the other end of the heel.
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Sew, on the main fabric, all the way across the inside edge of the toe, to connect the pieces.
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Stitch a second parallel line all the way across a second time. You made a shoe top!
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Matching heels, pin the midway point of the shoe top to the midway point of the shoe sole.
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Pin fabric top to the shoe sole along the heel. Align the fabric with the edge of the shoe’s jute.
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Continue pinning about every 3/8”.
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Looking good!
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Pin all the way around. If you have excess fabric add some small gaps at the toe area (not the heel)
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The gaps will only add wiggle room for toes but you want a tight fit at the heel.
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Let’s stitch the sole to the fabric top! Measure out 90” of yarn, wax it and thread it.
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Blanket stitch! Set the needle into the jute of the shoe sole FIRST, then up into about 3/8” fabric.
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Pull tight! Put the needle back into the jute to stitch again. Pull up with the thread behind it.
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Repeat this blanket stitch all the way around. Needle into jute FIRST, then grab 3/8” of fabric.
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Pull your stitches tight and place the thread behind the needle each time.
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This keeps the blanket stitch 3/8” on the inside of the fabric, where you want it; not at the edge.
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Looking good! This is the classic espadrille look.
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When you get all the way around put the needle into the fabric and out the jute.
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To knot the espadrille yarn, loop it through one of the side stitches.
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Leave a loop of yarn.
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Place the needle through that loop.
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Pull tight to create a knot. Cut the yarn.
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You made shoes!
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