Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Felt Needs: Whooo Needs Shoes?

On this dark, rainy, chilly January morning you may find a little sewing project something that would brighten both your day and the little feet of a baby you love.

There's no need to leave the comfort of home to collect your supplies. The wool felt is available in a rainbow of colors from
http://www.weirdollsandcrafts.com/. This soft but sturdy fabric that you purchase in 9X12 sheets is like sewing on butter. Delivery is lightning fast, too.

Patterns for shoes in sizes 0-12 mos. are available for the asking at various sites and blogs such ashttp://www.oldschoolacres.typepad.com/ and http://www.heatherbailey.typepad.com/. If you search for felt baby shoes on http://www.etsy.com/ you'll find all kinds of bitty booties to stir your imagination. What little boy wouldn't look adorable in his own little VW bug shoes?

Look in your button box or when it stops raining
run (with scissors) to the fabric store and check out the assortment of fun buttons for embellishment. Little flower buttons are perfect for spring which I hear is supposed to arrive sometime in the distant future. Mostly distant it would seem.

And then there are these little winged feet that will really quack your baby up. (The beak opens and closes.) Need fertilizer for your imagination? Coloring books and pages, wrapping paper, greeting cards, scrapbook paper, print fabrics, and book illustrations all provide great ideas for your little projects. Ready, set, run with scissors!

P.S. Blanket stitch all of the appliques on with 3 strands of embroidery floss before assembling the shoes. Once assembled, blanket stitch around the sole and top edge.


  1. Those are darling! I just bought Owen some baby slippers--I think I bought in haste and should have made those instead!

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