Whenever I see something that is white I think of it as a blank canvas inviting me to decorate it. Guess I will never be minimalist, as much as I admire that style. I can’t fight my “more is more” tendencies so why not just go with it?
I used a mechanical pencil to trace the pattern onto a piece of stabilizer which can then be attached to the sneaker for sewing.
This is the stabilizer I like to use. It has a paper backing. You can also print patterns right from your printer onto this stabilizer if you don’t feel like tracing which is a pretty cool option.
Find just the right spot for your design. I tried to find areas in the sneaker that were a little thinner. The canvas can be rather hard to sew through but there are softer areas that are a little easier to sew. The heel had thick areas but the sides underneath the seams were nice and soft.
I think a whole shoe of little black and white designs would be cool but I couldn’t help splashing a little color on there. I added some tiny roses from my Mother’s Day PDF pattern (You can see the listing HERE.) Then I added some stitching to the shoe laces. I used a variegated thread and just made some simple straight and cross stitches. Super fun and relaxing. My fingers were definitely hurting a bit after stitching through the tough canvas so I came up with an alternative method which was a lot easier on the digits.
For this alternative method, I traced some designs onto the same soluble stabilizer mentioned above then stuck it on white fabric. I sewed the designs onto the fabric which was much easier and enabled me to add more details and color.
Next I applied heat and bond to the back of the design. Place your design right side up, wrong side facing the shiny side of the heat and bond. Cut the adhesive to match the design then iron it on the the back of the design.
Hope you enjoyed following along.
Make a pair, I dare you!
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