Let’s be realistic here…no baby really needs shoes. In fact, I have a drawer full of baby shoes that never get worn. They are totally adorable, but when I look at them and look at baby Micah’s feet, I just can’t bring myself to stuff those scrumptious little feet into those stiff shoes.
However, I have been greatly intrigued by the latest in baby shoes coming from companies like Robeez and Shooshoos. These baby shoes, that go all the way up to toddler sizes, are made from a soft leather and have adorable little designs on them. They do cost a pretty penny, though.
A couple of weeks ago, while at a cloth diaper Chat-n-Play, the hostess showed us a pair of homemade soft soled shoes that were very sweet and looked fairly easy to make. The soles were not a soft leather like the name brands, but rather a suede type material. Those of us in the group who sew, turned the shoes inside out and studied every inch of them, confidant we could make something similar. Thus began my quest to find material suitable for the bottoms of some homemade soft-soled baby shoes.
Never did I expect to find some so soon! Sitting in the WalMart remnant basket, there it was…
A brown suede like material that was perfect for making shoes and at an unbeatable price! Giddy little me snatched up that remnant and threw it into my cart, trying hard to conceal my glee!
So, tonight I began researching patterns online for these sweet little shoes so my find would not go to waste. My first stop landed me at a site for making all sorts of baby items called Make Your Own Baby Stuff. From this site I found this pattern for making my very own pair of soft-soled baby shoes.
I quickly printed the pattern and went to work. In about 15 minutes I had a pair of shoes completed! Amazing!
Here’s the finished product…
It is too late to be trying them on Micah (and the pattern does say it generally fits size 6-9 months), but I am pleased as punch to have found such a bargain and have acquired a new homemade baby gift to give to friends!
(ps-yes, I know I said I was cutting down on projects…I am…I really, really am!!)