December 16, 2013

Natty Janes (Leather Baby Shoe Pattern)

Remember these shoes I made for Elsa a couple of weeks ago?  Well, when I made them I was doing a little pattern testing for my friend Delia.

And I'm excited to tell you that her "Natty Jane" leather baby shoe pattern is now available.  Look at all the adorable shoes she's sewn!

Her pattern is great.  Her instructions are clear and include lots of pictures.  I just made another pair recently.  I wanted to test the other version of the pattern and I still had some pink suede left (that the super-thoughtful Laura sent me a while back).  I thought it would be fun to switch it up a little and make them look a little like saddle shoes.

(I still need to add the snaps to the straps.)

The shoes require such a small amount of leather that you can buy the scrap bags of leather (that you can find at Hobby Lobby and use your coupon).  They make a great handmade baby gift.  So if you'd like to try your hand at baby shoes you can find Delia's pattern HERE.  

Thanks for reading.


  1. I bought a pattern to make a little leather baby shoes recently, and I have been having such bad luck with suede and my sewing machine! When I sew with suede on my machine it just makes a big mess! The thread ends up in a tangled mess on the underside of the fabric. Any suggestions for me?

    1. Sylvie. I would say that suede is the hardest to sew. If you really want to use it, I would try lengthening your stitch and maybe using a walking foot. Suede is like knit leather. ugh. so stretchy and hard to manage. I highly recommend sewing a thicker leather or vinyl first until you feel more comfortable sewing the shoes. I hope that helps! (p.s. This is Delia, the baby shoe pattern designer. :))

    2. Thanks Delia! I was ready to give up on suede all together... but I'm gonna have to try your tips! :)

  2. Thank you, thank you for the review! Both pairs are so beautifully sewn. I like how you added extra detail to the toe cap and the heel cap! You are awesome!


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