Things You'll Need
- Flexible measuring tape
- Stick pins
- Soft, sturdy felt
- Needle and thread
- Soft linen cord
Many parents love baby shoes; they are often tiny versions of adult shoes and look adorable on a baby’s feet. However, shoes with rubber soles or hard inner bottoms may damage a baby’s growing feet. Soft slippers and booties keep a baby’s feet warm without the risk of injury or deformity. Though baby booties and slippers may be expensive, baby moccasins are easy to make at home. They require little effort and end up looking just as cute as purchased shoes. They are also customizable, allowing parents to choose colors and custom sizes.
Trace around both of your baby’s feet by setting them gently on a piece of paper and using a pencil, making sure to trace the tops of the toes and the exact lines of the foot.
Draw an oval around the traced feet, leaving a ½ inch border between the oval and the edge of the foot; leave 1 inch gap between the top of the oval and the toes. This leaves room for stitching and for your baby’s feet to grow. These are the bottoms of the moccasins.
Cut out both ovals and trace around them on a different part of the paper. Draw a U-shape around the front of each oval with ½ inch of space between the U and the ovals. The arms of each U should extend about an inch beyond the end of each oval. This starts the tops of the moccasins.
Measure around your baby’s ankles and draw an oval the same size about 1 ½ inches from the curve of each U. Cut out the U shapes, including the center oval. Snip a straight line from the back of each U shape into the back of the oval holes.
Pin the paper patterns to your soft felt and cut out your pieces. Remove the paper patterns and set aside. Pin the bottom pieces to the top pieces around the edges. Bend the snipped back of each U shape so the flat edges touch and the excess felt on the sides of the U’s bend along the back of the bottom pieces.
Stitch the moccasins together with a whip stitch by wrapping the thread around the edges of the fabric. Do not turn the moccasins inside-out; the hems may poke your baby’s feet. The moccasins are finished.
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