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.)
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.
(*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.
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!)
I 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.)
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.
Step 2: Push the pin of the flat piece through the hole on the strap.
Step 4: Smush it together with the pliers. (The pointy part flattens out!)
Step 5: Push another flat piece through the hole on the side of the shoe (flat part on the inside.)
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.
Step 7: Smush it together with the pliers.
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!