What adorable little baby girl dress is complete without a pair of matching Mary Jane baby style shoes? Plus, these are just so much fun to make!
When I first sewed a pair of these little baby shoes I couldn’t get them out of my mind and even dreamed about them all night. They are just too cute. I gotta say though, they are so tiny that they can be a little tricky to sew.
When I tried them on my 15 month old (ahem!) little BOY (hey, someone’s gotta model them right?) he fell in love too and didn’t want to take them off. Silly boy. Guess I need to come up with a little boy shoe that I can make for him.
I used a pattern to make these but tweaked it and created my own version which I will now give to you.
Want to make a pair for your little darling?
What You Need:
2 coordinating fabrics (small amount of both)
Fusible interfacing-very lightweight
Small pieces of Velcro
Mary Jane Baby Girl Shoes Pattern Tutorial:
Using the pattern pieces above, cut out your pieces.
You will want to cut 2 U shapes and 2 soles from your main fabric and 2 U shapes and 2 soles from your accent. Also, 2 U shapes and 2 soles from the iron on lining. Also cut 2 straps from the main fabric and the lining.
The first step is to iron the lining to the back of your main fabric on all of the pieces.
Then, we are going start by making the straps. Place one small piece of velcro on one end of the strap, close to the edge:
Sew the Velcro in place. Then fold the strap in half with right sides touching and sew down the short end near the velcro and then down the long side:
Turn the strap right side out (I am telling you, this will be the hardest part of making this shoe because that little bugger is so tiny. It’s hard to turn!) and press it nice and flat. Do this with both straps.
With your U shapes, take 1 of each fabric and place them with right sides together. Insert the strap into the U like this:
And sew around the inner part of the U.
Now, turn your fabric right side out and press it very smooth and flat (you’ll have to fight with the fabric a little to get it all to lay really smooth). And…yours should have the strap sticking out. Totally forgot to sew the strap in place on this one. Had to go back and do it.
Now, top stitch around the inside of the U.
Next, pull the right sides together at the back of the shoes and sew:
Sew your soles around the very edge so that the main fabric shows on the top and the coordinating on the bottom (with lining ironed on in between). This will just keep the soles together while you work with them.
Now grab your top part of the shoe (the U piece) and pin it to the sole with right sides together:
Sew all the way around the shoe. Watch out-those pins are SHARP! I always stab myself doing this. Always. Maybe you will have better luck.
Now, turn the whole thing right side out and all that is left to do is sew your other piece of Velcro in place on the outside.
Don’t you just want to kiss that little foot? Love it. Don’t forget to make a matching dress.
This post was originally posted at The Ribbon Retreat.