Check out this WikiHow article including a video on how to make baby shoes. For the purposes of “An Irish Attic” we’ll assume that you’ll be using fabric from an old t-shirt or flannel shirt for your baby shoes.
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How to Sew Baby Shoes
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Here’s a sewing project using a baby shoe pattern courtesy of VideoJug.com. Your baby will be as cute as a button after sewing a custom pair of baby shoes. Choose a soft fabric such as interlock knit or baby flannel for baby’s comfort.
- Print the baby shoe pattern. Click here to download the PDF file of the baby shoe pattern.
- Cut the pattern pieces. There will be a heel, the upper, and the sole.
- Cut two sole and two upper pieces. Do this by folding the fabric and laying out on a flat surface before cutting out the pattern.
- Pin the heel pattern to a single layer of fabric. Cut out 1 heel. You now have all the pattern pieces cut out for 1 shoe. Repeat to make the second shoe.
- Fold the heel piece in half width ways.
- Insert a few pins along the folded edge to keep the heel in place.
- Lay the elastic just along the fold line of the heel.
- Mark the line with a pencil.
- Sew a running stitch along the pencil line, removing the pins as you sew, to create the channel.
- Clip the threads with the scissors.
- Measure and cut off about 12 centimeters (about 5 inches) of elastic.
- Use 1 safety pin to attach the elastic to 1 end of the channel.
- Attach the second safety pin to the other end of the elastic.
- Thread the elastic through the channel (casing).
- Secure the elastic with the safety pin once the elastic has been inserted into the channel.
- Secure one end of the elastic by sewing a running stitch with the sewing machine.
- Measure the heel against the baby’s foot to check the fit before securing the other end of the elastic.
- Place one upper on a flat surface.
- Pin the gathered heel piece edge-to-edge with the straight side of the upper.
- Do this for both sides of the upper.
- Sandwich the second upper on top and pin the layers in place.
- Sew a line 1 centimeter from the edge to hold all the layers together. Use a running stitch to do this.
- Flip the two uppers over to join each other.
- Place the 2 sole pieces together.
- Place the upper on top to form the shoe.
- Turn the whole thing over and pin all the layers together at the edges.
- Manipulate the fabric so the edges evenly align and pin securely.
- Sew a zig-zag stitch around the shoe, removing pins, as you sew through the layers. Make sure all the seams are sewn together.
- Trim off any excess fabric.
- Trim loose threads.
- Flip the shoe inside out and turn out all the edges all the way to the seam.
- See how the first completed shoe looks like.
- Repeat the process to make the second baby shoe.
- Use a soft fabric to make the shoes. Knit or baby flannel would make excellent choices.
Things You’ll Need
- Choice of fabric
- 2 safety pins
- Sewing machine
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