Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Espadrilles

The world’s favorite shoe – made by YOU!

Have you heard about the fabulous new Dritz® Espadrilles products? Are you ready to make a pair? They’re the quintessential summer shoe, and now you’ve got the opportunity to DIY a custom pair with the fabrics and embellishments of your choice. But first things first! We want to show you how it’s done – they’re easy to sew in just about two hours! 

Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Espadrilles

If you’re not yet familiar with the products themselves, check out these earlier blog posts introducing the product, and outlining the product details.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Make DIY Espadrilles - sizing chart

First, you need to choose the correct size sole. Start with your current size. If you wear a half size, choose a sole that is smaller, i.e. for 7 ½ choose a 7. Use the chart to help you pick the best size for you. (Don’t miss the kids and toddler shoe sizes – you can make espadrilles for the whole family!)


Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Espadrilles

A sewing pattern is included with each pair of soles. Cut out the appropriate size pattern. Layer outer fabric and lining, right sides together. Pin pattern to both layers and cut out.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Espadrilles

Mark ease circles. Flip toe pattern to wrong side. Pin toe and heel to fabric layers for second shoe and cut out.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Espadrilles

Cut out two heel stabilizers. Center and fuse to wrong side of heel linings.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Espadrilles

Pin around edge of toe and shoe pieces. Stitch with a 3/8″ seam, keeping about 2″ open at outside edge of toe and lower edge of heel. Trim seams, keeping full seam allowance width at openings.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Espadrilles

Turn shoe pieces right side out. Use bamboo point turner to push out corners.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Espadrilles

Push opening seam allowance into shoe pieces. Press with iron. Stitch near edge to close. Topstitch at edge of heel, if desired.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Espadrilles

Mark lining side of toe, 5/8″ from inner edge. Align short ends of heel with marks and pin.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Espadrilles

Topstitch across straight edge of toe. Stitch again 1/4″ from stitching to reinforce heel to toe. Label left and right toes with masking tape.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Espadrilles

Pin mark center of heel and center back of sole. Align pin marks and pin shoe to sole by stabbing pin through fabric and into the sole.

Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Espadrilles

Slightly stretch fabric around the heel and continue to pin fabric around the sole until you reach the ease marks on either side. (Our long glass head pins are ideal for this!)


Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Espadrilles

At ease marks, pin every 3/8″ allowing the fabric to arch up between pins. Pin around toe. It may be necessary to readjust pins to distribute the fabric evenly.

Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Espadrilles

Cut yarn length per instructions and run through wax a few times. Knot one end and trim yarn close to knot. Thread other end through needle eye.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Espadrilles

For blanket stitch, insert needle into the sole about 1/4″ down from edge at outside joint between heel and toe. Come straight up through fabric about 1/4″ in from edge of fabric and sole. Pull yarn to snug knot into jute.

Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Espadrilles

Hold loose yarn to the right of the stitch. Move over 1/4″ and take a second stitch, coming up within the loose loop of the yarn. Pull yarn to tighten stitch. Hold stitch tight with free hand and make another stitch. Continue to work around entire circumference of shoe.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Espadrilles

Finish off yarn by taking the last stitch right next to the knot. Come up in the same place as the first stitch. Insert needle down into the fabric on the other side of the first stitch and come out at one of the adjacent stitches.

Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Espadrilles

Take a small stitch around the blanket stitch and back through the stitch loop. Pull yarn to secure.


Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Espadrilles

Poke needle back into the jute and come up in the inner sole. Pull yarn tight and cut close to the sole.

Sewing Tutorial: How to Make a Pair of Espadrilles - ready to wear!

And… you’re done!! Ready to step out in your new kicks?


Hungry for more? If you want to see the Dritz® Espadrilles products in action, check out our YouTube video that shows you how.

Questions? Comments? We’d love to hear from you! Please give us a shout by leaving a comment below. We’re ready!!

 

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