How feaking adorable are these??!!
A few of the girls that I commiserate with over on Ravelry have been sewing some adorable soft baby shoes. Of course, that meant I had to grab some fat quarters at JoAnns and try for myself! However, I didn't really read the instructions of the pattern they were using before purchasing my fabric, so I didn't get the bonded fleece it called for. A little craft site searching led me to a different pattern that a lot of people liked. I liked the looks of it, too, so I started cutting fabric, a little scared that it may be just a bit more fussy than I was hoping for.
Heck, no! These are super easy to do! If you can sew in a curved line, you can do this. I didn't make buttonholes for the elastic threading because I've never made them before. This seems like a perfect project to try them out though since they would be on the inside of the garment and no one would ever see the mistakes. One adjustment I did do was to the sole of the shoe. I wanted it to be a little thicker than just 2 pieces of cotton quilting fabric, so I cut up a flannel receiving blanket (those things are too small to be useful anyway) and laid it inbetween the two pieces of fabric. It's the perfect thickness now! The top and inside sole are of the funky dot fabric, while the heel and bottom sole are of the pink fabric.
I see a lot more of these being made. Shoes like these are being sold on Etsy for $18. My cost was $1.50 in materials and an hour of labor (say, $10/hr?), so it's a pretty good deal!