I’ve always been interested in making my own espadrille shoes. Originally from Spain, but also very well known for its origins in the Pyrenees region of France, I’ve admired these shoes while traveling around the country in the summertime and observing them worn in particular by local artisans, as well as on the beach in the south of France. Espadrilles are a comfortable and affordable shoe for all ages.
After a recent visit on the Madewell website, I fell in love with the darling Naida sandals. Unfortunately, they are practically all sold out in every size. Therefore, I was inspired to make my own espadrille style (Naida inspired) sandals and share this fun DIY project with you! Although summer is pretty much over, there are still a few sunny days to enjoy wearing these sandals. 😉
What you will need:
– A pair of espadrille soles (for Mom or child)
– 50 cm of fabric (normally linen or cotton, I used Atelier Brunette crepe Melba!) or fabric scraps
– matching or natural coloured cotton thread
– espadrille 100% cotton yarn, thick cotton yarn or embroidery thread
– darning needles, or needles strong to punch through the soles
– measuring tape
– chalk or washable marker
– fabric scissors
– sewing machine
Measure the width of your foot with the measuring tape. Measure the largest width of the foot, usually located under the baby toe and over the bone of the big toe. It is very important to make this measurement exact so that the sandal is neither too loose or too tight.
With ironed fabric folded in half, trace two times 2 rectangles on the fabric to obtain a total of 8 pieces. Two rectangles will measure 13cm (or the with of your foot + 1 cm seam allowance) x 10cm and the other two rectangles will measure 18cm x 9cm.
For info, I used my Atelier Brunette scraps because I love this color, therefore my rectangles are a little bit crooked. 😉
Place both pieces right side against right side together and sew around the three edges (leaving the fourth side open) with a 1/4″ seam. Trim off the corners of the seam allowance, then turn each piece right side out and press.
It isn’t necessary to sew closed the fourth side because it will be sewn together with the espadrille sole.
Place the two rectangles perpendicular to one another and sew them together in a “T” shape. Repeat for the second shoe.
Place the “T” along the sole of the shoe and pin the two sides to each sole.
Thread the darning needle with about 30cm of cotton thread and tie a knot at the end. With your needle, start stitching the blanket stitch. First insert your needle through the sole of the shoe and pull through tightly so the knot is slightly camouflaged. Continue with your needle through the fabric. While the needle goes through the fabric, pull the thread through leaving a loop, and bring the needle through the loop before tightening the stitch. This is your first blanket stitch. Continue stitching in the same way until you have stitched the entire side of one shoe. Continue on the other side of the espadrille shoe and repeat for the second shoe.
Once the sides of each shoe are sewn together, take the center piece of the fabric to tie a knot around the sandal band. In just a few minutes, your new, super cute espadrille sandals are ready to wear!
This post is also available in: French