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Tutorial for Reversible Fabric Baby Shoes
Finally! So many of you have been asking for this tutorial. I was actually quite shocked. I've been spending so much time fussing over the pictures and technique because I wanted it to be perfect, but I've finally accepted the limitations of my dark apartment and my cheapo camera. So, the pictures aren't very pretty and you can see that the fabric isn't ironed, but hopefully the pics are enough to explain the process. Keep in mind that I am by no means sure if this is the best way to do this. It can get quite tricky at times. But if you have any questions, I'll certainly answer them the best I can. And if you think of a better way, let us know.

To start - the pattern/template is available at http://www.maked.ca/shoepattern.pdf ..

OK, enough blabber.

Posted by reesbees from Canada • Published
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  • How to make a baby booties. Reversible Fabric Baby Shoes - Step 1
    Step 1

    ut out your pieces. For each piece you want two pieces of each colour (4 in total). Shown here I have just one piece of each colour. This is what you need to make one shoe. The pieces are such that you don't have to worry about flipping them over or anything. They're symmetrical. So just cut the shapes out and they'll work.

    Not shown, you'll also need two pieces of elastic about 3/8" wide and about 3.5" long.

    All seams are 1/4 inch seam allowance.

  • How to make a baby booties. Reversible Fabric Baby Shoes - Step 2
    Step 2

    Place one of fabric A and one of fabric B right sides together. Sew them together along the longer straight edge.

    Fold the heel pieces over the seam so that they are now wrong sides together.

  • How to make a baby booties. Reversible Fabric Baby Shoes - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now you sew a seam to make a casing for the elastic. My elastic was 3/8" wide so I sewed my seam about half an inch away from the edge.
    Your seam will depend on the width of your elastic. Try not to use an elastic that is very thin as this might cut into the baby's feet. Too wide and the elastic won't hold the shoe snugly above the heel.

  • How to make a baby booties. Reversible Fabric Baby Shoes - Step 4
    Step 4

    Attach a small safety pin the the edge of the elastic to help you push it through the tunnel

  • How to make a baby booties. Reversible Fabric Baby Shoes - Step 5
    Step 5

    Push the safety pin through until the other end of the elastic is just poking out. Do not push the elastic the whole way through. At the pictured stage, the safety pin is hidden inside the fabric.

  • How to make a baby booties. Reversible Fabric Baby Shoes - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now we make a sandwich.
    It goes:
    Fabric A toe, right side up
    Heel piece , fabric A down, fabric B up, elastic towards the middle, elastic poking out the side
    Fabric B toe, right side down

    Start sewing a seam along the flat edge of the toe pieces, catching the heel piece (including the elastic) as you sew.

  • How to make a baby booties. Reversible Fabric Baby Shoes - Step 7
    Step 7

    Stop after you've sewn over the heel piece, a little less that halfway down the toe piece.

    Here's where it starts to get tricky.

    While everything is still in the sewing machine, pull the elastic and scrunch up the heel piece so that the free end of the elastic pokes out the other end of the heel piece.

  • How to make a baby booties. Reversible Fabric Baby Shoes - Step 8
    Step 8

    Pull the heel piece around so that it's edge is lining up against the edge of the toe pieces.

    I like to put a little pin at the end, hold the pieces together with my left hand and pull on the safety pin with my right hand.

    Finish the seam.

  • How to make a baby booties. Reversible Fabric Baby Shoes - Step 9
    Step 9

    This is how it should look when the seam is done.

    Fold the two toe pieces over.
    Now it should look like this.

    Ooooh, it's starting to take shape.
    Now we make another sandwich.

  • How to make a baby booties. Reversible Fabric Baby Shoes - Step 10
    Step 10

    The shoe top is going to get squished in between the two sole pieces.
    It goes:
    Fabric A sole, right side up
    Shoe top, fabric A down, fabric B up
    Fabric B sole, right side down

  • How to make a baby booties. Reversible Fabric Baby Shoes - Step 11
    Step 11

    Pin often, attempting to keep the fabric distribution relatively even. I like to start with pins at the mid point of the toe and the mid point of the heel and then go from there.
    Also I find it works better with smaller pins. Here I'm using mini quilt appliqué pins. They work great.

  • How to make a baby booties. Reversible Fabric Baby Shoes - Step 12
    Step 12

    Sew around the shoe leaving an opening...

  • How to make a baby booties. Reversible Fabric Baby Shoes - Step 13
    Step 13

    I like to leave about an inch at the side of the shoe because that's where it's straightest and going to give you the least amount of trouble.

  • How to make a baby booties. Reversible Fabric Baby Shoes - Step 14
    Step 14

    Fold back one of the sole pieces away from the opening. Sew the remaining pieces along the seam line.

    Now, through that little opening, you turn the shoe right side out.

  • How to make a baby booties. Reversible Fabric Baby Shoes - Step 15
    Step 15

    We're almost there!

    Slip stitch that opening closed.

  • How to make a baby booties. Reversible Fabric Baby Shoes - Step 16
    Step 16

    You're done! Yay!

    Find a little tootsie to show off your new creations.

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Laura S.
Laura S. · Montreuil, Île-de-France, FR

=D
love!

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PJ
PJ · Avondale, Arizona, US · 96 projects

Love the baby shoes, thank you so much
for the tut.Very very good.
PJ

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Sarah W.
Sarah W. · , NC, United States

Sweet little shoes!

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11lizzie :)
11lizzie :) · 13 projects

Very cute! Can't wait to make some!
My aunt just had a baby at the end of May :)

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Yumi N.
Yumi N. · , , · 12 projects

So cute! I gotta make these :3

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Cassandra*
Cassandra* · Under your bed, , United States

awww my little girl will love theese maybe ill put my own version though ...:)

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Cassandra*
Cassandra* · Under your bed, , United States

awww my little girl will love theese maybe ill put my own version though ...:)

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anais s.
anais s. · ruiz cortines sinaloa mexico, Sinaloa, MX

sweet! i can make a MANLY version for my nephew^.^

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iWunder01
iWunder01 · I wake up by the River, Jeff City Mo!, · 6 projects

Nice job!!

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northernstar
northernstar · Ísafjörður, Westfjords, IS · 34 projects

Aww these are so adorable. I shall bookmark them and wait until my friend pops her baby :D

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