Make your own Maskasina/Moccasins
There are two parts for this project. 1) beading the vamp. 2) making the maskasin. This How-To focuses on part 2.
The difficulty should be "nice & simple", except that working with leather takes a tad more skill. Also, sewing the piece takes less than two hours, but the beadwork can take much longer.
I am more than willing to clarify, if you need more information to complete these.
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Make the Pattern.
4 pieces: Vamp, bottom, sole, and the in-between piece. (attached is a basic diagram)
Vamp: (print and copy the attachment; each square is approx. 1 inch). It should fit the top of your foot; from toe to the middle of your foot (middle of the arch).
Sole: Trace your foot then edit it. Smooth the areas around your toes.Use a ruler to straighten the sides of the foot (from little toe to heel, and from big toe to heel.
Bottom: Print and copy the attachment (each square is approx. 1 inch). Place the sole pattern on the bottom. There should be three fingers allowance on either side of the sole, at points a and b, 1-2 fingers allowance at the toe and heel of the sole, point c and d.
The in-between piece: (I don't know what it is called). This piece is optional but it does hid the seams along the vamp and helps prevent water from leaking in. Find a ruler. Cut out a piece that it the shape of a ruler. It should be long enough to go from a-c-b.
Make a prototype out of newspaper or muslin.
Cut out the pattern in Fleece and Leather for both feet.
2 soles, 2 bottoms, 2 vamps: Fleece
2 soles, 2 bottoms, 2 vamps, 2 in-between pieces: Leather
Attach the Vamp:
Gather the Bottom from point a to point b. Pin to hold everything together. Sew. Make sure to not sew over the seam line that connects the vamp to the in-between piece.
Flip the in-between piece over the seams and hand sew down. Use sinew for all hand sewing.
NOTE: I couldn't use a pin, so I used tape...it worked well.