Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Quilted Shoes!!


I recently had the chance to take a class at a retreat where I was teaching, which doesn't happen very often!  How could I resist quilted shoes!?! 

Lots of supplies, tools and gadgets to make these! 
* First is the purchased Shoe Base - from SneakerKit
* Two Fat Quarters quilted with two layers of double-sided fusible interfacing plus Soft & Stable sandwiched between, plus fabric for bias binding and shoelaces.  I chose a fun and funky fat quarter called Gradients Auras by Moda #33733-15 Onyx.
* Eyelet and hole punch pliers, plus eyelet supplies
* Wax Thread and a large, long needle to sew the fabric to the base.


I have to show you my binding.  I used some binding I already had on hand, complete with music notes, which tickles me!   And even though no one will ever see that my binding has 🎵 on it, I'll know.  And..... it only took about 4 hours to stitch, pick out, restitch, pick out, glue it down, apply heat to keep it put, then re-stitch, then stitch in the ditch to finish, then pick out a few spots where it missed on the back, then restitch.  😂


Yep, four hours to bind about 40 inches along the edges of my shoes.  Had to laugh at myself.  I mean,  I literally just wrote the book on binding... it was quite funny.  This binding was cut on the straight grain, a little fact I overlooked when I grabbed it and headed to the retreat.  Also, it called for 1-1/2" binding strips, so of course, I obediently trimmed my strips down to that size.  Just a couple of challenges!  I'm actually pretty thrilled with the result.  


Once the fabric is prepped, you punch holes for the eyelets, and more holes to correspond with the pre-punched holes in the sole.  Then you can stitch the fabric to the base.


Lace 'em up! ♥♥


I'm already planning my next pair...  I'll probably use bias strips to bind those edges.😂

I used Sneakerkit soles, from www.sneakerkit.eu.  It is a European company, and so are the sizes.  Here's an instructional VIDEO.  Download the shoe patterns HERE.  You can also find soles at makersleathersupply.com, chicagoschoolofshoemaking.com, and tandyleather.com.

Happy Sewing!
Deonn

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P.S. If you're a local, I hear there's a bonus class happening near Ogden, Utah on June 1st.  Send an email to amy@sewsimplystitched.com to get in on the details of this class.  Hurry, space is limited!  If that's filled, try signing up for the Footloose and Fancy Shoes class at the Utah Quilt Guild's Quiltfest in August.  Registration is not yet open - keep checking at www.utahquiltfest.com. 

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