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!
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 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.