Step up your footwear game with Lauren Smith’s decorative beaded patches
For jazzing up your go-to flats
HOW TO MAKE BEADED PATCHES MATERIALS
Two 15 x 15cm (6 x 6") squares of blue felt Two 6 x 6cm (23/8 x 23/8 ") squares of pink felt Two 10cm (4") embroidery hoops White fabric pencil Size 3 embroidery needle Blue metallic thread (we used DMC Light Effects in E3843) Pink embroidery thread Size 6 pink seed beads Size 6 blue seed beads Size 8 white seed beads Size 11 pink seed beads Size 11 blue seed beads 6mm silver bugle beads Fabric glue Slip-on loafers Those plain pumps languishing at the back of your wardrobe? You know they deserve more. Give them a new lease of life for party season with a set of beaded appliqué patches, and nobody’ll put these babies in the corner.
Patches as impressive as these shouldn’t be confined to footwear though. Back one with a safety pin to make a brooch, sew a chain to the each end of the U-shape for a statement necklace, or pop one on a pocket of your favourite jeans.
01 Using the template on page 97 and the white fabric pencil, draw around the patch shape onto the blue felt, then place the fabric in the embroidery hoop.
02 Using the pink embroidery thread, sew one size 6 pink seed bead into the centre of each outer triangle before pulling the thread through to complete the stitch. Thread a size 11 pink seed bead onto the needle, then pull the needle through the centre of the larger bead. The smaller bead should now sit neatly on top of the larger bead, acting as an anchor to keep it in place.
03 Still using the pink thread, sew six size 11 pink seed beads in a semi-circle around each of the larger beads. Keep the six beads close together and on the outside of the bead, so they lie closest to the triangle points.
04 Using the template on page 97, trace and cut out the pink arch shape. Use a little fabric glue on the back to keep it in place, then gently press the arch in the centre of the blue patch. Leave the felt pieces to one side to dry.
05 Thread two strands of metallic thread onto the embroidery needle. Coming up through both layers of felt, and keeping close to the edge of the pink arch, sew large blanket stitches around the border of the pink arch. Space them to leave roughly 0.5cm ( ") between each stitch.
06 Sew blue and white seed beads along the inside of the pink arch, using white embroidery thread and alternating colours. You want the white bead to lie flat against the fabric, so sew the bead on each side to anchor it down. For the blue beads, use the same anchoring technique as in Step 2, but this time with size 11 blue seed beads instead of pink ones.
07 Sew one bugle bead in front of each seed bead so it lies flat, pointing away from the inner arch.
08 Sew one size 11 blue seed bead at the other end of each of the bugle beads.
09 Take the felt out of the hoop and carefully cut around the shape. Take extra care when cutting around the inner arch and avoid trimming too close to the stitching on either side of the patch.
10 Turn the patch over and spread a layer of fabric glue across the back. Try not to go too close to the edge, as you don’t want any glue seeping out from under the felt. Wait until the glue is slightly tacky before moving on to Step 11 – this may take up to five minutes.
11 Gently press the patch onto the front of the shoe, positioning it centrally, then leave to dry. This can take a few hours.
12 Repeat Steps 1-11 for the other shoe to finish the matching pair.
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