Summer espadrilles

There was so much more to learn from Prym’s dvd instruction video for espadrilles.


I received this pack and have only just had the chance to go through it in more detail. There is a Prym YouTube video that is great to get your started.

I watched this video when I made my first pair of espadrilles last year.

This year I have more Prym espadrille tools and the Prym dvd gave me a lot more information about making better ‘store bought’ espadrilles.

The dvd runs through the full details of making these 3 classic espadrilles. The information in this dvd gives you so much more information to make great espadrilles!

These are the Prym tools I had to work with. I’m quite grateful to the lovely people at Prym for providing these tools to make more espadrilles.

This Espadrille tool kit saved my fingers. Last time I made espadrilles, the stitching stressed my fingers. This year I had this tool kit and sewing through the sole and shoe fabric was much easier. See, I can still type out this blog post with no pain.

These are the pieces I worked with. These peep toe espadrilles have a denim outer fabric and a bold print on the inside of the show.

The back heel is a pre made piece.

This is nothing flash but it does blend into the colour of the sole and I did pair this with the same coloured ribbon.

The dvd showed me the right way to line the sole.
I made sure the print on the inside of the shoe matched.

The level of detail in the dvd was so handy.
My next challenge was making sure the toe finish was balanced.

I decided to add crotchet floral lace in the same colour as the heel to balance the design.

I was feeling very unsure about my choices here. Was there too much detail on this espadrille?

You can see I chose to use dark navy stitching thread.

Here’s where the heel and toe pieces are pinned to the espadrille sole.
The ribbon is sewn to the outside of the heel piece so that it doesn’t rub against the back of the foot.

Did I mention these espadrilles are a gift to a friend?

I felt it was important to present the final shoes in a beautiful box.


Here are the final espadrilles ready to be boxed up.

Wrapped in pretty blue tissue.

These are a great gift.

Now I’m just showing these off.

This dvd has so much useful information and has certainly helped make these espadrilles great.

Thanks Prym for providing me with these new espadrille tools. You can purchase these from Minerva Craft and use the discount code ‘maria’ to get 10% off any Prym purchase.



Espadrille winner

Jenny Brown has won the Prym espadrille kit from Minerva Crafts UK.

Your lucky number came up Jenny.
Now it’s a race between Australia Post and Santa to get this kit to you by Christmas!

Thanks to everyone who entered their name onto this month’s Minerva Crafts post.

There will be another Aussie/Kiwi Minerva Crafts UK giveaway in January and in February so keep an eye out.

By the way, if you’re on Instagram you will have already seen next month’s fabric on the clothesline with the sounds of Summer in the background.

23 December update: Jenny received her kit! Thanks Australia Post.

Want to make your own espadrilles?

Giveaway time!

Are you interested to make you’re own espadrilles like mine?
Do you have a size 40 foot?
Where is this questioning going?

Source: Prym.consumer on instagram

If you’ve said yes to the first two questions and you live in either Australia or New Zealand, I have the full Prym espadrille kit available in size 40 on offer. 
Write your comment / wish on the review I did for Minerva Crafts.

The mail service for my Minerva Crafts UK commitment just arrived this week. It left the UK in September.

Vicki from Minerva Crafts UK send me a back up kit when the first kit didn’t arrive.
All the products I used for these Prym espadrilles are now available for this giveaway.

Source: Prym.consumer on instagram

If you want this kit leave your comments on the Minerva Crafts blog post here, by Friday 15 December and the lucky person will get their own Prym espadrille kit by Christmas.


This Prym espadrille kit includes:
Prym espadrille soles in size 40UK
Prym espadrille creative yarn in Blue
Prym espadrille iron on interfacing
Art Gallery fabrics (rosebud print and evergreen slate fabric) enough to make your own espadrilles.

I’ll pay the postage for the winner’s kit because I want lucky crafty person to have a go at making either own Prym espadrilles for Summer. Put your comment on my Minerva Crafts review post.

Be creative and try an espadrille style that suits your needs and style. 

Design and make your own espadrilles for Christmas either for yourself or as a gift.

Summer travel set

This month’s post started off simply – make a pair of espadrilles. 

Then I decided to make a matching bag. 

In this case a backpack that converts to a shoulder bag or a cross over bag. Finally I thought a the Art Gallery fabric could be made into shorts so these pieces become part of a Summer travel set.

Having some sewing knowledge was a good thing and was also a challenge. Let me explain.


About the espadrilles: Prym have developed the notions you need to make espadrilles

The type of espadrilles are really something you can create so I used their basic pattern. Prym provide the pattern for this basic espadrille. The Prym interfacing is really firm but light to hold. 


The interfacing is really all you need to make a firm shoe and have minimal layers to stitch through. Adding another lining was a real ‘learning’.

The Prym thread is a three thread ‘wool’ so I learnt how to use a tapestry needle and an awl tool. My thimble wasn’t the right shape for my fingers so next time I’ll invest in a good thimble.

I decided to line the sole, hence the use of a spray glue to ensure the fabric stayed in place while I stitched up these espadrilles.

Prym have an easy espadrille video that shows you all the steps for making your own espadrilles. The pinning and sewing technique were easy to understand. The video suggest using a 110cm length thread which was perfect for this kit. I eventually waxed the threads as they sewed up more smoothly. 

Oh. The piping was a leftover from a previous Minerva project. I’d love to try the Prym sneakers in a future post.


Onto the bag. I’ve been helping Vero of Sacotin Patterns proof the English translations of her French patterns so I knew her Limbo would be the perfect travel bag for Summer. This bag can be worn three ways.

It was a quick and easy decision to choose this pattern so I stash dived for the handbag notions and only needed to buy 4 extra D-rings and a zipper.


The instructions were easy to follow and I sewed this bag up in 7 hours. It really didn’t feel like 7 hours because each step was very easy to achieve. At one point the bag shape sort of looked like the head of a Stormtrooper.
That’s when I decided to take a break and grab a cup of tea.
The instructions to make the straps give you an option to add fleece so they’re more comfortable and this really makes a huge difference.
I have enough contrast Art Gallery print for the outside of my Limbo bag but not for the lining so I used some Minerva Crafts remnants. It’s a stretch woven so I made sure I interfaced the lining body and the zipper areas.

Yes…I had these two pink zippers in my stash and they matched this fabric.


 The instructions to sew in these zippers was easy to follow and master.

This pattern also suggests adding a layer of fleece into the bag gusset and again, this made the bag a firmer shape. 


I made the largest version and it sits nicely on me.


Above is the backpack style and below is the shoulder style or cross back style. 

The external zipper works well for the shoulder style bag.


Lastly were the shorts. Summer has arrived and I when it’s hot I live in shorts and tees.

I made these Maritime shorts by Grainline patterns in 2014 so I knew this pattern works for my shape.

This pattern has a sway back adjustment and a lower centre back curve.

The fabric is quite firm so I added 2cm at the side seams.  

The fabric sews up really nicely and the weave is something I love.


Again I stashed dived and found some more remnants from previous Minerva Crafts project for the pocket lining.


I used more stash notions for the closures.

When I ordered my fabric, I didn’t know if I would get time to make these shorts for this post but I’m glad they worked out this month.

I love the pocket detailing of these shorts. When I sew pockets, I pin mark the turning points for a sharper finish.


The waistband pieces are marked to line up these pieces.


So now I can pair these three travel basics with any tee and be comfortable. I can wear the same bag three different ways, which is handy when you’re on the go.


Thanks Vicki for this month’s huge kit. You really know how to put together a kit for a shoe making novice like myself.