Sunday, January 20, 2013

My favorite DIY baby gift (part 3): Cloth Baby Shoes

If you recall, part 1 was a flannel blanket; part 2 was adorable burp clothes.


Do you want to get an ooooh..ahhhhh... out of every mouth at a baby shower? Make adorable shoes. 

That's it. People will freak. 


This shoe type is common and there are a ton of patterns out there. My inspiration and first pair came from a very simple pattern for FREE on the blog stardustshoes posted on Michael Miller Fabric's website.

I am proud to say that I've finally put together my own pattern and tutorial tutorial here! Check it out!




This was my very first pair.

I remember when I finished them I literally jumped for joy they were so adorable! I made them for a friend who has a love affair with owls and an adorable little gal so I couldn't wait for her to see them. Since then, I make a pair any chance I get. Once you've invested in the fusible web and lining fabric, you can really just make them with leftover scraps of any project.


To make a pair of shoes, you’ll need:



  • A scrap of a sturdy fabric--an 8x8ish square is about it (I like to use coordinating flannel if I'm making a full baby gift. I've also used home dec fabric. Cotton quilting fabric is okay too but not as thick and sturdy)
  • A scrap of fabric for the interior lining of the shoe. (you could just use your same flannel here)
  • A scrap of fusible web (e.g. wonder under)
  • Two 8" lengths of 1/8" elastic
  • Matching thread
  • A sewing machine
The stardust pattern is for 0-6 months (which is truly more like 3-6 months). The trouble with making anything sized for babies is that they grow out of it so darn quickly. I've experimented with making the shoes in a variety of sizes and resizing them is actually pretty simple.

The stardust pattern will result in a shoe with a 4" sole. To adjust it, just photo copy the pattern and increase it by 10% for each size up you want to go. There are a lot of sizing charts out there but adjusting the sole by 1/2 inch seems to be pretty standard:

0-3 months = 3.5" sole
3-6 months = 4" sole
6-9 months = 4.5" sole
9-12 months =5" sole
12-18 months = 5.5" sole

I've made a few shoes for kids 12 months and up used gripper dot fabric for the bottom sole so that they're not on a slippery surface if they are standing or walking. Love this! ...but watch your sewing machine with that fabric. I broke a few needles on my first pair.

Enough with the writing... let's just oooh, ahhh at some adorable shoes.




27 comments:

  1. These links didn't get me very far. A tutorial would be great!

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    1. Here it is! Sorry it took me FOREVER to complete it!

      http://thatssewnina.blogspot.com/2013/10/cloth-baby-shoe-tutorial.html

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    2. i really like these items for more items you can visit our site also....www.nooksdesign.ca

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  2. Thank you so much! Tutorial coming soon!

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  3. Those are pretty! Thanks for sharing these information. Very helpful and creative indeed.

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  4. The link to the pattern is dead - how's your tutorial coming?

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  5. The pattern for these shoes is now at makingitfun.blogspot.com. Took me awhile, but I found it :)

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    1. Can't find it there either...and do so want to try and make these adorable shoes...

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  6. sorry...typo....I did find it there...thanks you very much....you've made some very cute shoes....I can't wait to try my skills...I hope it is really easy....thanks again.

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  7. I finally finished a tutorial of my own! Check it out on my new post: http://thatssewnina.blogspot.com/2013/10/cloth-baby-shoe-tutorial.html

    So glad you guys enjoyed my post! Thanks for your patience in my following up with a tutorial!

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  8. just wondering if you have tried sewing this by hand, or would it be too difficult... I am new at sewing and don't want to go out and by a sewing machine just yet. do you have any recommendations on the sewing needle size if I were to do this by hand?

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    1. I've never sewn it them by hand… but there aren't that many seams so I could see doing it carefully so that everything stays together. I'd probably work with a smaller needle to keep your stitches close together.

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  9. What do u use for the bottom of the shoes? The striped pair have a white textured bottom. Where can I get that and what is it called? Thanks :)

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    1. It's a gripper dot fabric. You should be able to find it with utility fabrics at your fabric store or online (https://www.fabric.com/buy/el-274/15-grip-tight-cloth-white). It's a little hard to sew with but I trick I use is to sew it with paper over it so that your presser foot glides smoothly on the paper and doesn't stick on the fabric.

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  10. Lovely Shoe collection you have got. I was also searching for baby shoes and I find your blog. Thanks for publishing and sharing.

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  11. I am also admired of these kid's clothing and this is exactly for winter days

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  12. I would love to buy my little girl some of these shoes for Christmas. I am hoping that I'll be able to find something online. I don't want to have to go out into a store. She is growing so much so I don't know what size to get her. Is there a way to measure her feet? http://www.babybarndiscounts.com.au/about-us/

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  13. Have one done - enlarged the pattern for length, but had to trim down the width of the sole & upper and height on upper. The first one is super cute, and I can't wait to get these done for DD's Christmas present! They'll definitely be a baby shower go-to gift from now on!
    https://scontent-b-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10689536_10102866633999448_6400641239935454493_n.jpg?oh=4e56814d9e5203311feb6b02241ad262&oe=554301CC

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  14. Wow! I really love this idea. Thank you for sharing :)

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  15. It’s a good idea to buy clothing that’s 100% combed cotton. It doesn’t matter if they’re preemie clothes for girls or boys. Your baby should be very comfortable and soft material will help a lot.

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  16. Have you used duck cloth for these? Or calico prints?

    Thanks for this!!!

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  18. I fall in love with your share. Great post. Thanks so much.

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  19. I really love this pattern and tutorial...but, I have a question. When you resize the sole in .5" increments, do you resize the upper and heel pieces too in .5" as well? ... Just wondering. I'm so happy I found your blog! Thank you!

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