You’d think with an adorable baby girl at home, I’d be making adorable baby girl clothes and accessories for her like crazy, but no, she’s actually been wearing a lot of blue hand-me-downs from her brother. So before our trip to Taiwan, I finally sat myself down and made her a pair of baby cloth shoes to go with all the cute outfits I was packing for the trip. I’m also sharing a Silhouette cut file for the pattern to make your life easier, so you’re not trying to finish this project at the last minute like I was, 24 hours before leaving for the airport…
I’ve looked at and tried to follow several different instruction sets on how to make these shoes, and the one I finally used is here. The instructions include a printable pattern at the end, but it’s only set for 0-6 months. Which is great, except when your baby has big feet. And when your baby grows.
To solve that little problem, I used a cloth shoe pattern from here, altered it to fit my little girl’s feet, and saved it as an adjustable Silhouette cut file so I didn’t have to print and resize and reprint in order to get a pattern for the right size. Although the website says to leave a 3/4″ allowance, I actually adjusted the file to give me a bit more because my sewing isn’t that great. I scaled the pattern in Silhoutte Studio and had the machine cut out the pattern from plain white cardstock. Then I traced the pattern onto the different fabrics I was using. Yay for no scissors and yay for making the process of trial and error so much less stressful! ( I scaled and cut out 3 different versions of the pattern before I liked one enough to cut fabric from it.)
Once the pattern is cut out, I followed the instructions from Great Turtle to assemble the shoe. I also added a little button on the side for high fashion.
Would you believe it? LM outgrew these shoes on the trip. I tried to fit it over socks, but she was not having any of that. I could barely stuff her chunkers in to them! So now, they’re a little memento of our trip and a reminder that yes, my babies were really once that small!
This is the second project I’ve made with this fabric. The first was this bow tie and suspender set for my son a few years ago. So hey, look at that – the same fabric works for both a boy and a girl!
These baby shoes would also make great baby shower gifts – imagine the oohing and aahing that would ensue when these beauties were pulled out of the gift bag. Here are a few other unique baby shower gift ideas:
Tricycle Diaper Cake made with receiving blankets and other goodies