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Rose-Embroidered Flats

Embroidery allows you to embellish almost any accessory, including a pair of your favorite flats! See how a few hand-embroidered rose patches can put a little "spring" in your step.

finished embroidery patch flats

Photography: Enthralling Gumption

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

This idea comes from our friend Marwa Hayat of Enthralling Gumption. "You will not think for a moment that it was hand-embroidered," she says.

materials

  • Contrasting flat slingback shoes, $40, zara.com
  • Embroidery floss (dark green 246, light, green 205 and red 349)
  • Needle
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Sharpie in black and red
  • Fabric scissors
  • Canvas cloth
  • Pencil
  • Fabric glue

steps

  1. Draw a rose pattern for both of the pairs, the other being the reverse of the original; darken the traced pattern for better visibility.
    make your own embroidery patch flats step 1
  2. Cut a length of thread measuring about 10 inches. Tie a single knot at its end, thread it through a needle, and pull it from behind the canvas to where you want to start following the drawn pattern (or in this case, the stem). Begin using a satin stitch. Once you have that area complete, flip the hoop to reveal the back. Tie a single knot close to the cloth and trim off excess thread.
    make your own embroidery patch flats step 2
  3. To fill in the veins of the leaves, we used a backstitch.
    make your own embroidery patch flats step 3
  4. Always begin stitching from the edge and follow it from there. Here, again we used a satin stitch to fill in the rose petals.
    make your own embroidery patch flats step 5
  5. Remove the embroidered cloth from the embroidery hoop. Next, begin to cut roughly cut out the pattern with a pair of sharp scissors. Trim excess cloth very carefully leaving a gap, lest you snip the embroidered thread .
    make your own embroidery patch flats step 6
  6. Complete the embroidered patch by filling in the remaining white spaces on the patch backing. (Tip: We used a Sharpie marker to fill in the edges and match the black flats.)
    make your own embroidery patch flats step 7
  7. Similar to the above step, you can fill in-between stitches on the rose petals with a red Sharpie marker.
    make your own embroidery patch flats step 8
  8. To affix embroidered patch to the shoe, use fabric glue and clamp into place with paper clips. Repeat for the other shoe. For the remaining areas that are loose, place a cloth over it and tape it to the base for it to adhere. Sit your shoes on the face for added pressure. Let dry completely (approximately 24 hours) before wearing.
    make your own embroidery patch flats step 9

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