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Baby Shoe Tutorial

Due to image sizing issues I updated this pattern to a pdf file on May 7th, 2009 and also included a sizing chart so that you can adjust the pattern to fit your baby specifically.

I apologize to those of you who have attempted this pattern only to discover the pattern was too small.  It was posted only as a gift for your enjoyment.. not as a source of frustration. Again… So sorry.

A few weeks ago I talked about a pair of baby shoes that had been collecting dust in my craft closet. Those shoes were ripped and traced and are now a very simple and quick pattern for new born infant shoes. Judy at Apron Strings has shown some interest in the pattern so I thought I would share it.

Bare with me on this.. this is my first tutorial.

Materials needed for these shoes…


* 1 9X12 sheet of felt with equal amount of fabric
(or if you want all felt or all fabric just double your amount needed. But if you use all fabric you’ll need to add a layer of stabilizer)
* 2 snaps
* Desired embellishments.
* About an hour of your time

click pattern for full size (size chart included)

Step #1 Preparing your pattern

fold felt sheet in half and pin your pattern.

Cut.

You should now have your outer layer of both shoes.

Step #2


Repeat step #1 but use your coordinating fabric.

Step #3 Preparing your soles


For the sole of your shoes sew one layer of fabric to one layer of felt. It is important to make sure that you have a sole for the left foot and a sole for the right foot.

Step #4 Preparing upper portion of shoe
For the main portion of the shoe layer felt and fabric in the same way you did with the soles. One for the left one for the right.


After you finished sewing them together turn them right side out and finished it with a single stitch across the top portion. This helps hold the two layer in place and gives it more stability.

Step #5 Sewing sole and upper portion together

With right sides together, match starting point of upper portion to starting point of sole (this is the big dot on the pattern) and pin both together all the way around the shoe. You should have an overlap where the two edges meet together.

sew

Then turn right side out and sew up overlap

Step #6 Sewing & inserting strap


With right side together sew strap, leaving the end opened. Turn strap right side out (this is time consuming… you could use ribbon)

Now Turn shoe right side out. On your pattern piece I’ve marked a star… this is where you will insert the strap. Carefully rip a small portion of the seam and insert your strap. Turn inside out and sew section back together being sure to catch your strap.

Then snip off the excess

Step #7 Adding your embellishments
I used small snaps on my straps for closure.. you could use cute little buttons or even velcro.


Choose the embellishments to your taste. I like flowers but I’ve also used a felt baseball for a boy.. you could embroidery words or pictures, or use ribbon… for this pair, I thought the fabric alone was best.

As I said before, this is my first tutorial. If something is confusing feel free to email me and I’ll do my best to be more clear.

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