How to Make a Dopp Kit for Your Dapper Dude

You know we’re all about organizing our own beauty essentials, but what about the dudes in our lives? They need a stylish way to carry their toiletries as well. We teamed up with Velcro Industries and JoAnn Fabrics to bring you a next level sewing project: a dopp kit for your dude. This is definitely a step or two above Sewing 101, and is a great way to challenge yourself in that department. We got everything we need at JoAnn’s, making this an easy go-to gift that you should definitely bookmark for the holidays.

DIY Embellished Mules

It all started after falling down an Etsy rabbit hole, where I discovered an assortment of beaded Indian appliqués. They were stunning and surprisingly inexpensive. And they reminded me of the intricate and textural details found on Oscar de la Renta‘s multiple iterations of embellished slides. So obviously, the only reasonable place to position these beauties was on a recently purchased pair of flat mules. Honestly, marrying patches and shoes has become a legitimate addiction . . .

 You’ll need:

  • flat mule slides (mine are from here and here)
  • embellished appliques
  • Fabric Fusion
  • foam brush
  • popsicle stick or toothpick
  • washi or masking tape

 Arlene’s Fabric Fusion or any other good quality fabric adhesive is what you’ll want to use to apply the beaded appliqués to the shoes. You could potentially use an iron on transfer but the beading would be difficult to iron over. The key here is to give the appliqué time to dry and set. Spread a good amount of glue over the backside of the appliqué.
 Place the appliqué onto the shoe. Use a popsicle stick or toothpick to more precisely apply more glue around the edges.
 Hold the appliqué down with washi or masking tape and allow to dry from 2-4 hours.
 Remove the tape and your embellished mules are ready to wear.

(images by HonestlyWTF)
by Erica in D.I.Y.

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