A little while ago I posted a pattern and instructions for some cute, but time consuming baby shoes. I mentioned at the time, that I had come up with a less time consuming method, well I have finally got around to writing the post. Better late than never I suppose.
As before, you will need:
- Pattern (this pattern is a size 4, but you can use your printer to shrink/enlarge it to suit, make it so that the sole piece is about 2cm longer than your babies foot).
- Fabric scraps – contrasting colours for the outside and something softer for the lining
- thread (I just used white for everything)
- About 10cm of elastic for the straps
- Scissors, sewing machine, needle (for hand sewing)
2. Follow steps 2 through 7 of my original baby or toddler shoe post here. You should then have something that looks like this:
NOTE: I used a zig-zag stitch when sewing the contrast fabric(denim) to the shoe upper to stop the fabric from fraying. if your contrast fabric is a knit or felt fabric you can just use a regular straight stitch here.
3. Next pin the sole lining in place, and stitch a small section (around 3cm) on one side as shown in the following pics:
4. Place the sole fabric on top of the upper with the outside(the side of the fabric that you want to be able to see in the end) facing inwards towards the shoe upper. Pin the sole fabric in place.
5. Sew around the shoe, leaving open the one small section where you have already sewn the lining to the upper.
6. Now turn the shoe right way out through the small opening you have left, and you should have something that looks like this:
7. Finally you just need to slip stitch the small opening closed and your shoes are finished – very minimal hand sewing involved.