January 25, 2013

Feature Friday - DIY Baby Shoes

I've seen so many sew baby shoes on blogs in the past couple of years.  It was a project I'd been wanting to try, but never got around to.  Now I have a reason, though.  Here are the little shoes I whipped up this week.  

They look so tiny next to my dad's hands.

So here's the low down.  I have been admiring the shoes that Delia has been making HERE.  Look at how adorable they are!

 The original pattern can be purchased HERE in an etsy shop.  (Sorry, but I changed the link after finding out some addition info about the original source.)  Delia adjusted the pattern a little and it's worth reading her tutorial as well.  And if you used something like leather you don't have to necessarily sew a lining.  

I had been looking for something that was faux-suede on one side and sherpa on the other so I could make boots like Uggs, but I only saw some online and it was pricey.  However, at Hobby Lobby I found this leopard microsuede with a fluffy kind of fur on the backside.  It was around $12 a yard, so I bought a 1/2 a yard (which was way more than I needed for this project) and used my coupon.  The fabric doesn't really fray, so you can use it like leather.  That way the shoes are really comfy, but they were also really easy to sew.  Since they are 0-3 month size I didn't bother to worry about traction on the bottom of them.

Baden helped me pick the fabric and the buttons.  He was kind of proud of the shoes and carried them around with him all day.  Little victories :)  You know how kids randomly respond to what you make?  For some reason Rex was floored that I could make shoes.  They both made me feel like a rockstar.

Next up will be boots.  Wish me luck.

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