Perk up your plim­solls

Jazz up a plain pair of plim­solls fast with some em­broi­dery thread and bright fab­ric paint.

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Hello! - Craft & Home Ed­i­tor, Esme


A bit More Tricky


Quite A Chal­lenge


Pair of white can­vas train­ers

Fab­ric paint in red, deep pink and yel­low

Red em­broi­dery thread

Em­broi­dery nee­dle Cir­cu­lar sponge brushes in three sizes

White can­vas train­ers, £7, Pri­mark (0118 960 6300; pri­ Dy­lon fab­ric paints, £3 each; DMC stranded cot­ton thread, 95p, Royal & Lang­nickel sponge brushes, £6 for 25, all Hob­by­craft (0330 026 1400, hob­by­

1 If you’re us­ing an old pair of train­ers, make sure they’re as clean as pos­si­ble – re­move the laces and hand-wash them in a mild laun­dry de­ter­gent. Use a tooth­brush to work at any scuffs with the laun­dry de­ter­gent so­lu­tion. Al­low to dry com­pletely and leave un­laced.

2 Set down some old news­pa­per to pro­tect your work sur­faces. Dip the largest cir­cu­lar sponge brush in the deep-pink paint and then press on to the sur­face of the can­vas shoe. Re­peat un­til you’ve cov­ered both plim­solls, in­clud­ing the tongues.

3 Con­tinue to paint the pair of shoes, next with the medium brush and red paint, fill­ing in the gaps be­tween the pink spots. Then dot the yel­low paint in be­tween the pink and red spots with the small­est sponge brush. Don’t worry if they over­lap slightly as it will make for an even more colour­ful pat­tern! Al­low the paint o dry and fol­low­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions.

4 Once dry, em­broi­der star stitches on al­most ev­ery yel­low dot us­ing six strands of thread and an em­broi­dery nee­dle. Start on the inside of the shoe to con­ceal the / knot­ted end and work four long stitches to the cen­tre of the yel­low spot to form a cross. Then make four shorter stitches be­tween each of these to the cen­tre point. Add some ex­tra straight stitches to make the em­broi­dery look like a fire­work. Re­peat un­til you’re happy with the de­sign.

5 Relace the pumps and then they’re ready to wear.

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