These sweet baby shoes are fun to make and only use a very small amount of fabric – so it is a great project to make with those extra special prints that you have in your scrap stash! The pattern templates are drawn to fit babies 3-6months, but as all children have different sized feet you can increase or decrease the size by scaling the pattern up or down on a printer or photocopier.
You will need…
Print cotton fat quarters in two contrasting designs – our fabric was Forest Floor by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics and supplied by Hantex – see here for stockists
Solid cotton in complementary shade
Lightweight Fusible Interfacing – Vlieseline F220 http://www.vlieseline.com/en
50cm x 5mm wide elastic
Large eye needle or bodkin
Template for soles of shoes is to be flipped to create both left and right shoes.
Work with a 1/4″ seam throughout.
Sew slowly when working the curves of these shoes – this will allow you to ensure that all layers of the fabric are being included in the sewing line and will provide a neater finish.
This pattern can be made larger or smaller to accommodate different ages of children – you can simply scale the pattern templates up or down on your pinter or with a photocopier to the required size.
1. Cut the Fabrics
Fuse the Vlieseline F220 on to the wrong sides of both the fat quarters – note if you are only making one pair of shoes fuse only areas the size for the pattern pieces. From the main fabric use the pattern pieces to cut two upper shoes, From the contrast print cut two soles (flipping the pattern to get left and right shoes) and two shoe back pieces. From the lining fabric cut two upper shoes, two soles (flipping the pattern to get left and right shoes) and two shoe back pieces.
Set all the sole pieces aside.
2. Make the Upper Shoes
Place a lining upper shoe and main fabric upper shoe pieces together with the right sides facing aligning the raw edges, and pin in place. With a straight machine stitch and taking a 1/4″ seam allowance, join the main and the lining fabrics together along the straight edge. Press the seams open before folding along the seam line so that the wrong sides of the lining and main pieces are facing. Repeat to create the second upper shoe in the same manner.
3. Complete the Upper Shoes
With a straight machine stitch and working 1/4″ from the fold line work a line of top stitching along the upper edge of each. Using a seam ripper and following the guides on the pattern piece make two small slits in the lining fabric only – this will provide a casing/channel for the elastic when finishing the shoes. Repeat to create the second upper shoe in the same manner and set both aside.
4. Create the Shoe Back
Place a shoe back lining piece right sides together with a shoe back in contrasting cotton, align the raw edges and pin in place. With a straight machine stitch and taking a 1/4″ seam allowance join the two pieces together along the straight edge. Press the seams open and fold under 1/4″ along both the short sides. Repeat to create a second shoe back in the same manner.
5. Finish the Shoe Backs
Fold the shoe back along the seam line neatly pressing in place and ensuring the folded sections along the two short side are neatly tucked inside. Press to neaten and pin in place. With a straight machine stitch work a line of top stitching down both of the short sides setting the stitches 1/4″ in from the sides. Repeat to finish the second shoe back in the same manner.
6. Create the Elastic Casing
Working on each shoe back in turn, fold over 1.5cm towards the lining and press in place. Trim the elastic into two 25cm strips and place one inside the fold. Ensure that the elastic is pushed right to the inside of the fold so as it wont be close to the stitching line – there should be lengths of elastic protruding at either side of the shoe back. Pin the fold in place and with a straight machine stitch secure the fold in place.
7. Secure the Shoe Uppers and Soles
Place a corresponding pair of soles together with the wrong sides facing and treat as one piece. With the right side of the shoe upper and the right side of the print cotton facing, use the markers on the pattern to position the shoe uppers in place on the sole and pin in place. With a straight machine stitch and taking a 1/4″ seam allowance secure the upper shoe to the sole. Repeat to secure the second shoe in the same manner.
8. Secure the Shoe Back
Place the right side of the print cotton on the shoe back and the right side of the print cotton on the sole facing. Use the markers on the pattern to position the shoe back in place on the sole and pin in place. With a straight machine stitch and taking a 1/4″ seam allowance secure the shoe back to the sole. Repeat to secure the second shoe in the same manner. Trim the seam allowance around the shoe and through to the right side.
9. Complete the Elastic
Using the bodkin draw the elastic through the small slits in the front of the lining of the shoe upper being careful not to draw the elastic free from the casing. Check the sizing of the elastic if needed, but over lap 2cm-5cm and use a straight machine stitch to secure the elastic in place. Tuck the elastic back inside the casing to finish.
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