If you’re a mom (or even if you aren’t) I know you MUST have seen the adorable baby moccasin shoes that are trending now. Apparently made popular by one of the Kardashians? What? Oh well. They are really cute. AND we have a pair of baby moccasins passed down from L’s grandpa, so obviously moccasins aren’t a new development in baby fashion. I don’t think they are going away anytime soon, either. Which is why I’m providing a tutorial and free pattern for DIY baby moccasins today.
Leather moccasins are great for babies because they are so comfy, leaving lots of room for baby’s feet to grip the ground and grow properly. However, I guess the designer ones cost around sixty bucks! To me, that’s crazy for a baby who’s feet will grow before they wear out. You can get knock off ones too, but I think they still cost around $20. I won’t pay that much if I can DIY it for under $2!!
That’s right, and with this tutorial you too can make these cute little baby shoes on the cheap. These DIY baby moccasins are for size 3-4.
What You’ll Need:
Leather (I used a garage sale leather jacket I bought for $2)
Scrap of cushy fabric (I used a thick felted wool sweater)
An awl or leather stitch maker (optional, but very helpful)
This is a hand sewing tutorial. True leatherworking requires some more complicated techniques and materials than I have or have learned yet, but I hope eventually to get into it! This tutorial is for moms like me who may not have a leather working kit, but want to try their hand at it anyway. You may want to try sewing this pattern using a sewing machine if you’re familiar with sewing with leather. That’s fine, but it can be difficult and you will need a special needle.
Step one: Cut out your pattern pieces.
Cut two pieces of leather for each pattern piece. Cut two more of the cushy fabric to pad the sole.
Step two: Make stitch holes.
Poke holes 1/4 inch apart where marked on the pattern. This is optional if you have thin leather and a very strong and sharp needle, but it makes the hand sewing process MUCH easier. So I recommend it!
Step three: Sew toe piece.
Hold the cushy sole piece on top of the leather sole piece. It is nice to put the leather sole slick side in, so there is more traction on the bottom. Match the center of the toe piece to the center toe of the sole. Hold it in place using a little clamp, paper clip, or very carefully with a pin. Using the holes you made previously, stitch with a backstitch around the toe.
Sewing a backstitch:
Step four: Sew the heel piece.
Do the same thing with the heel piece, overlapping the edges on top of the edges of the toe piece.
Step five: Sew the casing.
Stitch the line 1/2 inch under the fold at the back of the shoe.
Step six: Cut the fringe.
Cut 1/4″ strips up to the casing stitching line to make the fringe.
Step seven: Thread the lace.
I cut about a foot of leather lace, to tie in a knot without a bow. If you want to be able to tie a bow, just make it longer. Use a safety pin or a giant yarn needle to thread the leather lace through the casing.
Step eight: Waterproof (optional)
I used some waterproofing oil my husband had on hand to waterproof and strengthen the leather. You can use whatever waterproofing medium you choose, or skip it. I rub in the oil with a paper towel and rub off the excess, then let them sit for a day to soak in before using them. It does darken the leather a bit.
And now, they’re finished! I love how they turned out. These little moccasins are comfortable, durable and versatile; the perfect shoe for little ones!
When your baby wears them, triple knot the lace to make sure they don’t fall off. I’d love to see pictures of your finished product! Post them to the Stitches and Sunflowers facebook page or hashtag #stitchesandsunflowers on instagram. 🙂
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