DIY Baby Booties

DIY Baby Snap Booties--Sew your own 12 month baby shoes that don't fall off. Free Pattern and Tutorial. | stitchesandsunflowers.com

When L was a few months old my mother-in-law bought him some magical fleece baby booties that STAYED on his feet! Even when he was three months old those twelve month size shoes would stay on his feet, due to the ankle elastic and handy adjustable snaps.

He recently lost one bootie, so I set out on  a quest to make more. My first attempt at copying the baby shoes left a lot wanting. They were baggy and the fit of the pattern wasn’t as snug, allowing them to fall off.

I played with my pattern a little, and came up with a way for you (and me!) to make your own magic stay-on-those-feet baby booties. These booties were made a bit bigger than the store-bought 12 month size so that they would fit L for longer. I’d say they are between a 3 and a 4 shoe size.

Download the pattern here. Make sure you get all three pages.

Materials:

Thick and warm outer fabric (I have used recycled sweater and felted wool. Fleece would also work)

Thinner inner fabric  (tee shirt scraps, thin flannel)

Elastic (two pieces cut 7 1/2 inches long)

Snaps or Velcro

Step One

Cut out your fabric. You will need two pieces of each piece in outer fabric and two of inner fabric.

DIY Baby Snap Booties-- Sew your own 12 month baby shoes that don't fall off. Free pattern and tutorial.

Step Two

With right sides together, serge the inner fabric to the outer fabric. Do this with all the pieces except the sole piece.

DIY Baby Snap Booties-- Sew your own 12 month baby shoes that don't fall off. Free pattern and tutorial.

Step Three

Sew the elastic onto the heel piece, tacking it down on each end.

DIY Baby Snap Booties-- Sew your own 12 month baby shoes that don't fall off. Free pattern and tutorial.     DIY Baby Snap Booties-- Sew your own 12 month baby shoes that don't fall off. Free pattern and tutorial.

Step Four

Flip the heel pieces right side out and topstitch over the ends to keep the elastic in place. Topstitch two parallel lines on either side of the elastic to form a casing

DIY Baby Snap Booties-- Sew your own 12 month baby shoes that don't fall off. Free pattern and tutorial.    DIY Baby Snap Booties-- Sew your own 12 month baby shoes that don't fall off. Free pattern and tutorial.

Step Five

Flip the rest of the pieces right side out and press. Serge the bottom/raw edge off all the pieces and serge around the edge of the heel lining piece. This will make sure there are no raw edges once you sew everything together. *If you have a really fabulous serger that’s can sew through really thick fabric, or if you’re using thin fabric you should skip this step and serge the pieces together in the next step.

Step Six

Pin the center of the heel piece to the heel of the sole outer and inner, with the outer piece sandwiched in the middle. It’s important that you do the heel first! If you are using leather, hand stitch with embroidery thread and a backstitch. If you aren’t using leather, go ahead and use your machine to sew it.

DIY Baby Snap Booties-- Sew your own 12 month baby shoes that don't fall off. Free pattern and tutorial.   DIY Baby Snap Booties-- Sew your own 12 month baby shoes that don't fall off. Free pattern and tutorial.

Step Seven

Pin the toe piece around the toe and either hand or machine stitch.

DIY Baby Snap Booties-- Sew your own 12 month baby shoes that don't fall off. Free pattern and tutorial.

Step Eight

Flip your baby bootie right side out. Add the snaps or the velcro. If you are making adjustable snaps, put multiple snaps on the bottom strap and one on the top, so only one snap shows when your baby wears the booties.

DIY Baby Snap Booties-- Sew your own 12 month baby shoes that don't fall off. Free pattern and tutorial. | stitchesandsunflowers.comDIY Baby Snap Booties-- Sew your own 12 month baby shoes that don't fall off. Free pattern and tutorial. | stitchesandsunflowers.com

DIY Baby Snap Booties-- Sew your own 12 month baby shoes that don't fall off. Free pattern and tutorial. | stitchesandsunflowers.com

Note: Make sure that you keep tabs of which side is the right side of the heel piece, otherwise you’ll end up with booties that aren’t a mirror image of each other like me… oops!

Enjoy your beautiful baby shoes that don’t fall off little feet! If you don’t want to DIY here is a link to buy them.

Also, stay tuned for patterns of different sizes!

Love, Jess

 

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8 thoughts on “DIY Baby Booties”

    1. Hello! Where it says, “Download the link here,” the word here is a link to a google drive folder. You can download each pattern piece there! I will work on making those links more noticeable! 🙂

  1. I am trying to adapt these for my 10 year old. He has severe spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and has no tolerance of shoes (very hi tone in his feet and limited movement).walking isn’t an issue for us so I hate to force him into shoes,and yet i also hate that he has one more thing that stands out as making him different. I would love to be able to make a few pairs for doctors appointments and such! ESPECIALLY if he can’t wiggle out of them!! I am thinking avengers to match his wheelchair 😉 ) his foot is 7 3/4 inches long. Thanks in advance! You are welcome to email me at babs122172@hotmail.com

    1. I’ve never experimented with making these that big, so I can’t be 100 percent sure. I think I would go to a copy shop and blow up the pattern so the sole piece was 7 3/4 inch long, and then adjust it to match the shape of a 10 year old’s feet. I would do a trial run with scrap fabric first. Let me know how it works out!

  2. When you make other pattern sizes – will you go any bigger? My 14 month old wears a 5, but I just scored some beautiful wool fabric second hand and am searching for a bootie pattern for her. 🙂 Love these!!

    1. My 22 month old is pretty small and wears a 4 and he is still wearing these! I may make a size five, but I think for a child bigger than that they would be worn out pretty easily. I think if you added a little bit to each pattern piece they might fit a size five foot.

  3. Thank you for sharing your patterns and pictures! I am entering the years in my life where the kids are having kids, so I still get to sew for the babies! And shoes are something that not everyone makes, like blankets, so it’s fun to offer a different gift… Your patterns are terrific!

    1. Thank you! I’m still learning the details of making great digital patterns, but I love sharing the patterns that have worked for me.

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