Tuesday, September 3, 2013

DIY Infant and Toddler Mary Jane Shoes

I stumbled across this super cute pattern/tutorial for making sweet Mary Jane girl shoes. As my niece's birthday is coming up I figured it would be fun to make her a pair.

  • Fabric {2 coordinating but different patterns}
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron
  • Interfacing
  • Heat & Bond Iron On Adhesive
  • Velcro {small amount} 
  • Fabric paint in coordinating color {aka puff paint} - optional
  • Mary Jane Shoe Tutorial from Crazy Little Projects {free!} 
  • 0-6 or 6-12 month pattern from the tutorial 

Tutorial Modifications....

The Pattern:

My niece is turning 1 so in order to make the blue pair a toddler size I printed it at 110% to give her a little room to grow. 

The Strap:
Use heat & bond to hem and attach the 2 strap pieces together {you may want to cut out your straps larger than the pattern calls for to give yourself allowance on the fold}. This way you avoid the painful process of turning the strap inside out {it was virtually impossible and a major pain}. Once bonded together, top stitch around the entire strap for a finished look. Then stitch on the velcro.

Pinning the strap into the U:
I messed this step up several times. When pinning the U pieces GOOD SIDE together, make sure your velcro piece is FACING the GOOD SIDE of the fabric you want to be showing on top of your shoe. Also, be sure on the opposite foot to pin the Velcro on the opposite side of the U so you don't end up with 2 left or right-footed shoes.

Skip stitching the 2 soles together and instead use heat & bond. It makes a more finished and less lumpy shoe when all put together.

Use fabric paint to make a non-skid bottom for those walking babies. Create any pattern you desire and allow to dry.

Other thoughts:
Make both shoes at the same time instead of completing one at a time. This way you can try to keep your dimensions the same and end up with 2 similarly sized shoes.

Happy baby shoe making! 

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