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Make-Your-Own Espadrilles

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Another day, another birthday present to make, only this time it is something a bit unusual – a pair of handmade espadrilles!

I’ve made slippers and things along those lines before, but never a bonafide pair of shoes.

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The soles were by Prym and purchased online from The Makery in Bath.

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The box includes templates for the uppers in various adult sizes, but I heeded advice from others who have previously made them and went down a size when making them. I cut out a UK size 5 for the recipient who has size 6 feet, and they fitted perfectly without slipping off.

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Although there were no instructions in the box, full step-by-step photographs can be found on the Prym website and it was those I followed.

If you are tempted to have a go at these be aware that seam allowances are NOT included – you have to add your own before cutting out!

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I had a small amount of “Rosetta” fabric left over from making this cushion and make up bag, and decided to team it with a deep pink spotty lining.

The pattern consists of just two pieces – one for across the front and one for the heel.

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I added some fusible interfacing to the outside sections just to give the shoe some extra strength and stability.

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I also stretched a two-inch length of narrow elastic at the ankle edge just to make sure the shoes would stay on.

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The main fabric is sewn to the lining right sides together, then turned through a gap left in the stitching.

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I top stitched the elastic through all the layers for a strong and neat finish.

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The toe section is sewn and turned in exactly the same way, cutting across the corners and notching around the curves as necessary.

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Next comes the fun bit!

You will need a leather needle to sew through the soles as the wedged point makes light work of it where a standard needle would hurt your finger after a while.

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The heel section is pinned to the sole…..

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….inserting the pins at an angle as shown below.

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I used three strands of embroidery floss to secure the fabric to the sole, using a blanket stitch.

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When the heel section is stitched on it should look like this: –

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Next, the front is pinned on in a similar fashion, overlapping the heel section.

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Blanket stitch is used all the way around the front and also to join the sides together.

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A “hand made with love” label adds a personal touch.

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That’s it – finished!

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I thought I’d better show you what they look like on – have you any idea how difficult it is to take photographs of yourself wearing shoes?!

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In the end I put my feet up on the table in my studio……

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I’m pleased to report that the recipient was very pleased with her bespoke shoes and put them on immediately – they fit perfectly!

Has anyone else handmade their own espadrilles before?

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53 thoughts on “Make-Your-Own Espadrilles

  1. They seems soo cozy!! Another project that makes my eyes turn into hearts….. and I love so much the fabric!! It is gorgeous!!

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  2. I tried very hard to crochet my wedding shoes. I had a lovely, easy pattern for the main part and found some paid for tutorials for making soles. Unfortunately said shoes are still sitting in pieces… But now that these ready made soles are available, I think I’ll revisit!
    Yours are lovely BTW, so pretty and amazing blanket stitch 🙂

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  3. Those are just amazing! I don’t think I am brave enough to try them.

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    • And here’s me thinking my photos would show how simple they are to make! The soles are about £9 and you only need a fat quarter each for the body and lining, so you could use leftover fabric from another project:)

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  4. As ever you make things look so easy – they’re lovely! A great present, I bet will get lots of use 🙂

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  5. What a great idea! It wouldn’t occur to me to make a pair of shoes and these are lovely!

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    • I was looking for something different to make for somebody who is used to receiving a handmade gift from me every birthday and Christmas – I managed to surprise her with something she’d never have expected!

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  6. I think we must be twins! I made some espadrilles a while ago – flowers and spots. You were more sensible and put the elastic in first!

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  7. Gorgeous! Love your fabric choices too. Will you be making a pair for yourself next?!

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    • Thank you, although I probably won’t make any for myself as I’m quite hard on shoes and would wreck them in no time! Living in the country tends to negate the need to wear anything less than sturdy, functional footwear – I live in my Birkenstocks in the Summer and Dubarrys in the Winter:)

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  8. Wow!! Those are just adorable!! What a great idea! So, so creative!

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  9. You managed much better feet photos than I achieved, it is certainly harder than you would think! I love the idea of making these, maybe some for Abi’s stocking 🙂 When you say go a size down is that just the fabric or when you buy the sole as well? This has really inspired me, off for a bit of shopping (second time today while reading my feed – oops!!) x

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  10. Wooh! They turned out so awesome! 😀 Love the fabric you picked!

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  11. Never made these before, but now I want to try!

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  12. These are beautiful. I never realized you could buy ready-made soles.

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  13. Thanks for the heads up about these prym soles and such a fab explanation of how to put them together. Nice and simple and with my rubbish feet one thing I can wear – but don’t tell the podiatrist cos they aren’t supportive enough. And they make them in my size 🙂

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  14. What a cool project – and tutorial I might add, way to go on making shoes 🙂

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  15. You are talented and oh so brave! I love the fabric for sure! Where did you get it? Fantastic work as always!

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  16. Lovely gift – you’re so thoughtful! Saw these over on Karen’s Did You Make That? blog and thought they looked a possibility, in fleece. Must see if I can locate soles over here somewhere, along with leather needles, which will be much easier to find. Thanks you for stepping us through the process. 😀

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    • Thanks Del, I’ve seen them on several blogs and knew I just had to have a go at making them. Luckily, I had the perfect opportunity when a girl’s birthday came around at the right time:)

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  17. Once again I’m amazed …… what a wonderful project! Beautifully made, as always – absolutely fabulous, Sheila! Marianne xx

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  18. I need some!! They’re really lovely, is it easy to adjust them for broader feet or will they just ‘give a bit’? I could even make my mum some to match her new kitchen!!

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  19. They are gorgeous! Are you going to make yourself some??

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