May 18, 2011

Creative with espadrilles :: a DIY

Creative with espadrilles :: a DIY

I have this love hate relationship with espadrilles. I always loved them because they stand for summer. Whenever they show up you know summer's around the corner. Summer. Sun. The beach. No stress. I also love them because of their simplicity. A shoe can't get any simpler (nor cheaper) than that, can it? A sole and two pieces of fabric joined together.

However, I didn't wear espadrilles for the longest time because of the squeaky sound the rope of my last pair made. Just thinking of it gives me the shivers! So, what made me buy another pair and devote a whole post to them? To be honest I have no idea - I must admit I fell for the gray stitches on the sides, but was that enough to buy them, bearing the squeaky sound of the rope in mind? I guess I just needed another challenge: the espadrille make-over.

I actually had a lot of fun working on this DIY. As a matter of fact, what you see here is only a fraction of the things I came up with. There might be a couple more ideas in the pipeline...
Anyway, let's just start with this handful of ideas. Ready?

What you'll need:

- a pair of espadrilles
- an old T-shirt or other fabric scraps, if you like
- a pair of scissors
- needle and thread


Bow-tie espadrilles

Creative with espadrilles :: a DIY

1. Cut a strip from the old T-shirt, about 3-4cm wide and 20cm long.

2. Fold over the strip so the fabric overlaps. With needle and thread, in the middle, gather and secure the fabric. Cut of excess fabric, if any.

3. Fold a small piece of fabric over the stitches, to hide, and secure with a few stitches on the back. Shape the bow tie.

4. Position the bow-tie onto the espadrille and secure with a couple of stitches.

5. Repeat for the other shoe. Wear!

Rose bud espadrilles

Creative with espadrilles :: a DIY

1. Cut a strip of t-shirt.

2. Fold in half and start rolling the fabric to form a rose.

3. Secure at the bottom of the flower with a couple of stitches. Shape.

4. Position onto the shoe. Sew into place with a couple of stitches.

Note: the size of the flower depends on the width and length of the fabric. You can play around with both. Or why not make several flowers different in size and color to form a rose garden on your shoe!

Flower petals espadrille

Creative with espadrilles :: a DIY

1. Cut three (or more) not so round circles of roughly the same size.

2. Fold them in half and again in half and place all three on top of each other. Pin together.

3. Next, sew them together with a couple of stitches and shape the flower as you go.

4. Place on top of your shoe. Sew into place with a couple of stitches.

Note: Same thing applies here: play with size and color or combine several to form a flower patch on your shoe. Add sequins, beads, leaves, ... if you wish so, or just keep it simple.

Creative with espadrilles :: a 

This is a fairly easy craft, which kids could easily do. It's not very time consuming, no special supplies are required and the reward is immediate.
Maybe a fun craft idea for a summer birthday party!? If you can't find espadrilles right away, gym shoes might work just as well, just as any other ballerina or pair of flats.

My espadrilles have been extensively tested by now. And you know what? This pair doesn't squeak!

Creative with espadrilles :: a DIY

Please note, this tutorial is intended for personal use only. Therefore, do not reproduce, sell or commercialize in any form. Thanks for understanding!

If you made something using a tutorial found on this blog or if you got inspired by something you found here, make sure to post your pictures here.


nicole/brussels said...

vind ze echt mooi, zou niet weten welke te kiezen, en weet je, ik vind dit zalig om te dragen, lekker fris, en iets eleganter dan de Crocks(die vind ik ook zalig om dragen....maar lelijk)

Cindy said...

these are wonderful. i especially love the rosebuds! and, that's a lot of work in all the photos!

heather {WhipperBerry} said...

love love LOVE this!


la.daridari said...

three very smart ideas!
thank you!

Jan said...

Very french but at the same time very original ! Got myself some contemporary ben sherman-espadrilles acouple of weeks ago, which go well with my also classic 'marine' blue-white striped t-shirt. If it's raining in Paris... ;-) said...

Wow, they look so beautiful! Thanks so much for the great summery ideas, I'll be linking.

ZIZO label said...

nice ideas, my favourites are the flower petals. I think I will go for some espadrilles this summer!
Thanks! Maegan said...

suuuuuper cute ideas!!!

laylablue said...

i have had quiet espadrilles and noisy espadrilles...
noisy: kmart (many many years ago)
quiet: rummage sale-- higher priced/quality, thick sole of rubber on bottom... maybe jcrew or gap brand...
great idea! thanks for sharing :)

Annabelle said...

Where can you buy shoes like these? I love them but I've looked online and only found wedges and stuff.

Adie Andrews said...

Those are looking awesome and so easy ti be made :) Not mentioning the fact that espadrilles are one of the most comfortable shoes for travel and daily walking.

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Chelsea Ling said...

awesome diy! i blogged it today at

chelsea lyn said...

i love the rose pedal shoes. cute touch for the summer. i dont has espadrilles but im sure toms will do?


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I love this idea and your site

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