July Free Design: Sandals with Embroidered Accents


It’s summertime, and the living is easy! How about embroidering some freestanding flowers and attaching them to a pair of sandals for a fun, fresh look! Pair the Brother free design of the month with some colorful ribbon for a simple, quick accent. Be prepared! Your friends will be asking you where you got your pretty new sandals.

Materials and Supplies

Note: Make sure you select glue that adheres to the materials used in your project and dries clear. You’ll find glue made specifically for attaching trims to fabric and leather at a local sewing or craft shop.
  • Clips or clothespins for securing flowers while glue dries.
  • Seam sealant for treating cut ends of ribbon.
  • Pre-purchased sandals with space for attaching flowers.
Note: Supplies listed here are for a total of six flower accents. Adjust as needed for the specific amount you need for your project. White netting is featured in this example. See supplies in Figure #1.
[caption id="attachment_16182" align="aligncenter" width="800"]July Free Design Figure #1[/caption]
Disclaimer: The sandals pictured are Poshmark/385 Fifth Sandals and the ribbon brand is Offray. Brother International Corporation makes no representations or warranties regarding such products.

Brother Free Design of the Month

[caption id="attachment_16179" align="aligncenter" width="382"] July Free Design[/caption] Design size:
  • 1.39” High X 1.33” Wide (35.2 mm High X 33.9 mm Wide)
Click here to download Little Flower_FD_July 2018.pes

Steps to Create Sandals Embellished with Embroidered Accents

  1. Set up machine for embroidery and transfer design to your machine. Determine the number of flowers you can fit on your sandals. In this example there are a total of six. Next, add designs to fill the hoop with multiple patterns, rotating and moving as necessary so they all fit without touching one another. See Figure #2.
[caption id="attachment_16183" align="aligncenter" width="800"]July Free Design Figure #2[/caption]
Tip: Use the zoom tool to check designs for spacing. See Figure #3a and #3b.
[caption id="attachment_16184" align="aligncenter" width="269"]July Free Design Figure #3a[/caption] [caption id="attachment_16185" align="aligncenter" width="800"]July Free Design Figure #3b[/caption]
  1. Hoop netting with one layer of water soluble on top and one on the bottom, sandwiching the two layers of netting between the stabilizer. Embroider flowers in desired thread color. See below:
July Free Design
  1. Use the sharp scissors to trim each flower close to stitching line, trimming away excess stabilizer and netting. Cut two pieces of ribbon measuring two inches long for each flower. Cut ends at a 45-degree angle, treat with seam sealant and let dry. See Figure #4.
[caption id="attachment_16186" align="aligncenter" width="800"]July Free Design Figure #4[/caption]
  1. Wash stabilizer out of flowers, dry and press lightly with low temp iron. Create accents by pinning a flower in the center of each set of crisscrossed ribbons. See Figure #5.
[caption id="attachment_16187" align="aligncenter" width="800"]July Free Design Figure #5[/caption]
  1. Set up machine for sewing using foot “N.” Select the decorative star stitch. Select option to sew just one pattern. See settings in Figure #6.
[caption id="attachment_16188" align="aligncenter" width="432"]July Free Design Figure #6[/caption]
  1. Tack ribbons to flower by stitching a single star design in the center, removing pin before you stitch. Repeat for each flower. See Figure #7a and #7b.
Tip: Use a thread color that matches your ribbon for a coordinating look.
[caption id="attachment_16189" align="aligncenter" width="800"]July Free Design Figure #7a[/caption] [caption id="attachment_16190" align="aligncenter" width="800"]July Free Design Figure #7b[/caption]
  1. Carefully glue the center of each flower in position on your sandals, following manufacturer’s directions for glue and holding flowers in place with clips until they dry. See below:
July Free Design You are finished! Enjoy wearing your beautiful sandals! July Free Design
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Joanne Banko Says:
7/4/2018 12:12:03 PM

Hello Magadalena! I'm so happy you liked this. It's great to make something and find it tickles someone else's fancy ;-)

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Joanne Banko Says:
7/4/2018 12:18:11 PM

Hi Janice! Thanks for taking the time to write and give us your thoughts. Your kind words are much appreciated ;-)

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Reen Wilcoxson Says:
7/1/2018 2:49:05 PM

How adorable Joanne!

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magdalena Says:
7/2/2018 2:20:30 AM

love it thanks

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Angela Wolf Says:
7/3/2018 10:13:56 AM

Love this project Joanne :)

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Caroline Says:
7/1/2018 4:31:59 PM

So adorable! Love them!!

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Joanne Banko Says:
7/4/2018 12:16:27 PM

Thank you and you are welcome Beal!!! Cute, fun, fast, and easy means you can enjoy making and wearing these in a jiffy :-)

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Joanne Banko Says:
7/4/2018 12:19:31 PM

Thank you Angela!!! These would go nice with your super cute capris :-)

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Joanne Banko Says:
7/4/2018 12:10:10 PM

Thanks for commenting Caroline! I'm so glad to know you liked this project! Fun to make and fun to wear . . . what a great combination :-)

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Joanne Banko Says:
7/4/2018 12:08:50 PM

Thanks so much Reen! I value your input ;-) Those little freestanding flowers were fun to make and they can easily embellish many different things!

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Beal Says:
7/2/2018 4:35:21 PM

Very cute! Thank you!

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Vritika | Villas in OMR Says:
7/2/2018 3:21:37 AM

Very useful tutorial. Would love to do it for my sandals as well!

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Janice Ferguson Says:
7/3/2018 2:06:39 AM

What a unique and creative project! Love this!!!

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Joanne Banko Says:
7/4/2018 12:14:45 PM

Yes, yes! This would look great on a variety of sandals. I hope you give it a try!

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