Mary Jane Baby Shoes fastened With White Snaps

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I loved making these shoes.  (It was a nice contrast after sewing a big quilt to sewing little baby shoes!)  They were fairly quick and easy to make and I got to use my nifty “Babyville Boutique Snap Pliers” for the little white snaps on the side!

I got the pattern for FREE from a blog called The Cottage Mama – thank you!  You can find the pattern here.  She used velcro instead of snaps for fastening the strap.  If you’d like to learn how I used snaps, scroll on down!

She used fusible fleece interfacing for some of her pieces.  I didn’t have any on hand so I did without.

To start, I cut out the fabric pieces and ironed on the fusible interfacing to wrong side of the grey fabric.  (grey pieces are the outer fabric, yellow pieces are the inner fabric.)

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I folded, stitched and turned the straps and attached them to the outer fabric of the shoe.  I stitched a 1/4 inch seam on the inner and outer pieces, right sides together, to close up the back of the shoe.

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(*stitch strap to the opposite side for the second shoe. —>)

I pinned the sole of the shoe to bottom and stitched it closed with a 1/4 inch seam.  I did the same with the inner fabric.  After, I trimmed the edges with pinking shears and turned the inner fabric right side out.

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Next, I placed the inner fabric inside of the outer fabric (right sides together), pinned it in place and stitched a 1/4 inch seam around the opening of the shoe leaving a 1-inch space opening for turning.  (This was a little tricky to sew because the opening of the shoe is so small!)

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 10.50.49 AMI turned the shoe right side out and hand stitched the opening closed with an invisible stitch.  Click here to learn how to invisible stitch (also called a ladder stitch.)

Now for the fun part – adding the white snap buttons using the Babyvillle Boutique Pliers!  (I’ve seen these pliers and snaps by other brands too.  I don’t think it matters which brand you use.  I just happened to buy these last year on sale at Joanne.)

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The idea to add snaps to the shoes instead of velcro came after I had finished sewing.  Next time, I will put interfacing on the inside of the strap for extra support.

Step 1: Use the pointy piercing tool (it came with the pliers) to punch a hole where you’d like the snaps to be.

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Step 2:  Push the pin of the flat piece through the hole on the strap.

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Step 3: Put a round piece on the other side.photo 4

Step 4: Smush it together with the pliers.  (The pointy part flattens out!)

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Step 5: Push another flat piece through the hole on the side of the shoe (flat part on the inside.)

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Step 6:  Put the other round piece on the other side (see how it’s a little different from round piece on the strap.)  This photo was taken after I “smushed it with the pliers” which is why the pointy part is already flattened out in the photo below.

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Step 7: Smush it together with the pliers.

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You’re done!  So easy and professional looking, right?!

After all that, I also found a youtube video that explains how to add the snaps here.

I really enjoyed this project.  Although I posted a lot of steps, it was quick and easy!

Happy sewing!

-AFriendLikeBen-

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