When Janine Vangool, editor of Uppercase Magazine, came out with her third line of quilting fabric called circular logic she included a pair of espadrilles made from one of my kits in the lookbook for her new prints. I was so flattered and I fully, unashamedly fan-girled all over Janine. Thankfully, Janine is very gracious and she was really nice about it. She even asked me if I wanted to play with some of the newest prints. I am so happy I agreed! Right away, I knew I wanted to make espadrilles for boys in Uppercase fabric. I mean just look at these fab prints!
Now that these prints are out in stores I’m so excited to show you how the shoes turned out! I made them for my neighbor’s children since my own kids are “too old” for shoes made by me. (I did however, make pajama pants for my own kids. If you listened to my podcast interview on A Coffee With Makers, you know this is the one thing they still let me make for them. Hey man, having a blogging mom isn’t always easy. I feel for them. 🙂 )
These shoes, though. They turned out so cute!! The boys are very excited about them. Of course, we trekked over to a local chocolate shop for the photos so they might just be excited about the treats.
I wasn’t sure how the quilting cotton would work for creating espadrilles. If you have ordered a kit from me, you know that I prefer the outside of the shoe to be a canvas or linen-cotton blend so it has more structure. I was happy to find, however, that the quilting cotton works if you use medium-weight interfacing. My kits come standard with medium-weight interfacing but if you do use quilting cotton definitely interfacing the lining and outside fabric. Don’t skip that step!
Look at that cute face!
Can’t. Even. Handle. It.
Kid’s shoes are constructed a little bit differently. They involve adding elastic to the seam allowance along the heel. (All of this is included in my kids booklet, by the way). It gives the shoes a bit of extra grip to accommodate for the way kids wear shoes.
These are perfect beach vacation shoes this summer. Easy and slim to pack in a suitcase or beach bag and breathable as well as easy to slip on and off.
By the way, I’m starting a sew-a-long tomorrow for adult espadrilles. If you have a kit and have been hanging on to it, maybe a little afraid to start, start with me! If you want to nab a kit now, go for it! The sew-a-long will be going for two more weeks! You’ll have time to catch up.