Have you always dreamed of having embroidered shoes? So have we! That’s why this brilliant project from Louise Newton is so dreamy. Add embroidery stitches for flowers to your high tops to create your own dream pair of embroidered shoes! Use our embroidery stitches flowers template and embroidered shoes walkthrough to recreate the pair we show in our photos, or adapt the techniques and design to customise your own signature pair of embroidered shoes for your personal style. Stitch this project and help us make embroidered shoes the everyday sight they deserve to be!
You Will Need
- High top canvas shoes (1 skein each of blue, light green, dark green, orange, light pink, dark pink, yellow)
- Stranded cotton
- Heat-erasable pen
- Embroidery transfer paper
- Basic embroidery kit
There is a semicircle shape on the side of each shoe that is thicker than the rest and is too stiff to pull the needle through to stitch on. To avoid going into this area, trace over the outline of this with your heat erasable pen or very lightly with a pencil. This will help to guide you when you place the pattern on to the shoes.
There are two motifs on the embroidery stitches flowers templates: the main one is for the outer side of the shoes and the small template is used to go around the shoe’s logo on the inner side of the shoes. The templates which are provided will fit onto the right shoe, so you need to flip it to transfer the design in reverse onto the left shoe. To do this, trace over the template on tracing paper, turn it over and draw over the lines in dark pen on the back.
You now need to transfer the embroidery design on to your shoes. This can be tricky as the fabric is thick and floppy but there are several methods you can use:
Heat erasable pen. Draw the pattern on to the shoe using a heat erasable pen – you’ll be able to erase the lines with ease using heat or friction when you’ve finished the embroidery. This may be easier for the simple design around the shoe logo.
Embroidery transfer paper. This method will work well for the main design. To do this, first trace the template on to the white side of the transfer paper using a dark ballpoint pen. Press the paper, coloured side down onto the shoe in your chosen position and retrace the lines with a dark pen. Your pattern should transfer on to the shoe ready for you to stitch over. Take care while using this method as you need to press hard enough for the lines to show through, but if you use too much pressure you can transfer unwanted ink from the transfer paper onto the shoe. If this does happen, a damp cloth can help to erase this afterwards.
Iron-on pencil. Use a pencil in a colour that will show up on the shoe using the same technique as the transfer paper. Trace over the embroidery template onto paper in reverse with the pencil, then place the paper, pencil side down, in the correct position on the shoe. Trace over the lines to transfer them. Remember, though, that transfer pencils don’t usually wash off, so you will need to be extra careful that your stitches cover the lines as you’re working them.
Start off by working the stems in Split Stitch. Take three strands of dark green and light green to differentiate between the stems with French Knot buds and those with petals. If you used light green for the stem, use a dark green for the leaves and vice versa. Work the leaves with two or three Straight Stitches using all six strands of thread.
Fill the daisy centres with French Knots using six strands of yellow, winding the needle round the thread one or two times. If you struggle with French Knots or are new to embroidery, you can fill in the flower centres with Satin Stitch.
In the same way, fill the centres of the two flowers in the middle of the design with orange French Knots.
Add a French Knot to the end of each stem to create the buds using a mixture of six strands of dark pink and yellow.
Fill the daisy petals with Straight Stitches using three strands of light pink.
Fill the middle flowers with three or four Straight Stitches using three strands of yellow or blue thread.
The smaller design on the inside of the shoe is worked in a similar way to the main design. Work the stems in Split Stitch using three strands of dark green. Add five leaves to the stem, working each leaf as two or three Straight Stitches using six strands of light green.
Use the same blue, pink and yellow as the main design to create three French Knots on either side of the logo circle.
When you have finished stitching, it’s time to erase any lines. If you’ve used heat erasable pen, a low heat setting on your hairdryer or iron will remove any visible lines. If you’ve used embroidery transfer paper, wipe gently with a damp cloth. If, after that, any stubborn transfer lines do show through and you find you can’t remove them, then simply embroider over them.
It’s important to firmly secure both ends of your threads as they will have a lot of wear inside your shoes. To do this, weave them in and out of worked stitches, several times. When starting off, leave a length of thread, then go back and secure it later.
Now that you’ve finished your lovely embroidered shoes, why not take a look at our other free embroidery patterns. We have lovely peach free machine embroidery patterns for you to try, too, or if you want to try more hand embroidery on clothes, check out our cat embroidery to add cats to your pockets or How to make embroidered socks.