DIY Baby Moccasins

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:

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Leather (I used a garage sale leather jacket I bought for $2)

Scrap of cushy fabric (I used a thick felted wool sweater)

Thick needle

Strong thread

An awl or leather stitch maker (optional, but very helpful)

Free Baby Moccasin Pattern

The Tutorial:

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!

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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.

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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.

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Step five: Sew the casing.

Stitch the line 1/2 inch under the fold at the back of the shoe.

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Step six: Cut the fringe.

Cut 1/4″ strips up to the casing stitching line to make the fringe.

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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.

DIY Baby Moccasins: No sewing machine or fancy tools required! Free Pattern and Tutorial | stitchesandsunflowers.comStep 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.

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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. 🙂

See all the other great posts at Made by You Monday here.

Love, Jess

 

 

 

DIY Baby Booties

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.

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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