April 13, 2020

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How To Make Shoes For Dolls

How to Make Shoes For Dolls

We’ve put together the ultimate resource guide to making your own shoes for dolls, including 18-inch dolls such as American Girl®, 14.5-inch dolls such as WellieWishers™, and more! Be sure to also check out our resource guide to WellieWishers™ and other tutorials like How To Make Your Own Doll-Sized Buttons

Giveaway Alert: Scroll down to the bottom of the page to enter our PF Gift Card giveaway!

Common Supplies Needed For Making Doll Shoes

Be sure to read the supplies list of the shoe pattern you choose to know exactly what supplies you will need. Here is a general list of common supplies for making shoes:

  • A small piece of fabric such as quilting cotton, twill, faux leather, or wide trim
  • Narrow trim or elastic for details
  • X-Acto knife 
  • Hot glue or Tacky Glue
  • Fray Check or other liquid seam sealant
  • Foam and chip board shoe soles   

A Bit About Shoes Soles

Pixie Faire has spent years developing the optimal pre-cut foam and chip board shoe soles to use for making your own doll shoes. The four different shapes we offer have been specifically designed to fit 18-inch dolls (Shapes 1 and 4), 13-14-inch dolls such as Hearts For Hearts Girls® (Shape 2), and 14.5-inch dolls such as WellieWishers™ (Shape 3). A variety of shoe patterns have been designed for use with each of these precut soles, which will be mentioned down below. 

Patterns For DIY Doll Shoes

Check out the Ultimate Pattern Collection for Doll Shoes of Every Size!

Shoe Patterns For 18-inch Dolls

Our collection of sewing patterns for 18-inch doll shoes includes everything from sandals, slip-ons, boots, and more. Check out some patterns perfect for springtime:

Candy Shop Sandals Pattern for 18-inch dolls                   Open toe Janes Sandals Pattern For 18-inch doll shoes                   Buttonstock Sandals Pattern for 18-inch Dolls

Candy Shop Sandals from Miche Designs

Open-Toe Janes from Liberty Jane 

Buttonstock Sandals from Miche Designs

Shoe-making Tip! The above patterns are compatible with the Shape 1 Pixie Pack shoe soles.

Shoe Patterns For 14 - 14.5-inch Dolls

Basic Side-Zip Boots for 14.5-inch dolls                 Open-Toe Janes Pattern for 14.5-inch doll shoes              Buttonstocks Sandals Pattern for 14.5-inch dolls

Basic Side-Zip Boots from Matilda's Closet

Open-Toe Janes from Liberty Jane

Buttonstocks Sandals from Miche Designs 

Shoe Patterns For 16-inch Dolls

Chic Sandals for 16-inch dolls such as A Girl For All Time®              Plain Janes Shoe Pattern For 16-inch dolls            Classic Shoe Pattern for 16-inch dolls such as AGAT

Chic Sandals Pattern from Miche Designs

Plain Jane Shoes from Love U Bunches

Classic Shoe Pattern from Crabapples

How to Make Knit and Crochet Doll Shoes

     Check out the entire pattern collection of knit and crochet shoe patterns!

    Shoe Patterns For 18-inch Dolls

                                 Circling Around Crochet Shoe Pattern For 18-inch dolls           Martina Crocheted Braided Sandals for 18-inch dolls

    Circling Around Crochet Sandals from Ma Petite Cherie Couture

    Martina Crocheted Braided Sandals from Sweet Pea Fashions

     

    Shoe Patterns For 14 - 14.5-inch Dolls

                                   Felted Slippers Crochet Pattern for 14.5-inch dolls           Sally Crochet Mary Janes Pattern for 14.5-inch dolls

    Felted Slippers Crochet Pattern from Knot Sew Cute

    Sally Crochet Mary Janes from Ma Petite Cherie Couture

    How To Make No-Sew Doll Shoes

    Shoe Patterns For 18-inch Dolls

    No-Sew Janes Shoe Pattern For 18-inch dolls              No-Sew Foam Clogs Pattern for 18-inch dolls             No-Sew FLip Flops for 18-inch dolls

    No-Sew Janes from Liberty Jane 

    No-Sew Foam Clogs from Miche Designs

    No-Sew Flip Flops from Miche Designs

    Shoe-making Tip! The above patterns are compatible with the Shape 1 Pixie Pack shoe soles.

    Shoe Patterns For 14 - 14.5-inch Dolls

    No-Sew Foam Clogs Pattern for 14.5-inch dolls                No-Sew Janes Pattern for 14.5-inch dolls               No-Sew Boardwalk Sandal Pattern For 14.5-inch dolls

    No-Sew Foam Clogs from Miche Designs

    No-Sew Janes from Liberty Jane Clothing

    No-Sew Boardwalk Sandal Pattern from Miche Designs

    Shoe-making Tip! The above patterns are compatible with the Shape 3 Pixie Pack shoe soles.

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    100 Comments

    R
    R

    April 17, 2020

    I really like the Buttonstock sandals pattern :)

    Beth
    Beth

    April 16, 2020

    I haven’t made any yet so don’t have a favorite. However, as I love to crochet, they will probably win out for me. Thanks for the contest

    Linda T.
    Linda T.

    April 16, 2020

    I love the Plain Janes. I am knew to making shoes. These would be great for granddaughters AG dolls!

    BettyAnn
    BettyAnn

    April 16, 2020

    Crocs are my favourite, but also like the bow ties

    Kimberly
    Kimberly

    April 16, 2020

    I love the Janes pattern!

    Jacque
    Jacque

    April 16, 2020

    I love all the shoes but the boots are my favorites.

    Melinda
    Melinda

    April 16, 2020

    open-toed Janes

    Melinda
    Melinda

    April 16, 2020

    open-toed Janes

    Charlene Janz
    Charlene Janz

    April 16, 2020

    I love the open toed Liberty Janes!

    Corinne Janes
    Corinne Janes

    April 16, 2020

    I love the Janes pattern because it is my last name…for real!

    Danielle
    Danielle

    April 16, 2020

    making doll shoes is so cool

    Laura T.
    Laura T.

    April 16, 2020

    The candy shop sandals are so colorful and cute!

    Rebecca Landers
    Rebecca Landers

    April 16, 2020

    No sew Board Walk Sandle is so cute

    Martha C Long
    Martha C Long

    April 16, 2020

    I like the open-toe Janes I’m going to make a summer outfit and the open toe janes out of the same fabric

    Dixie
    Dixie

    April 16, 2020

    My granddaughters and I like the Foam Clogs! So cute!

    Allison C
    Allison C

    April 16, 2020

    The classic shoe with cute side strap! My daughter thought these were SO adorable!

    Elizabeth
    Elizabeth

    April 16, 2020

    I like the Open Toe Jane pattern. So cute!

    Jennifer
    Jennifer

    April 16, 2020

    The open toe Jane’s are super cute, that’d be my pick! It’s hard to choose a favorite, Everything is amazing!

    Isabella
    Isabella

    April 16, 2020

    My favorite are the foam clogs!

    Renay
    Renay

    April 16, 2020

    Shoes! Shoes! I can’t wait. Thanks, Pixie Faire

    Lisa Green
    Lisa Green

    April 16, 2020

    My favorite is Plain Janes by Love U Bunches

    Sandy Stave
    Sandy Stave

    April 16, 2020

    Since I’m new at shoemaking …. I plan to start with the Plain Janes.

    Mary
    Mary

    April 16, 2020

    Candy Shop Sandals from Miche Designs

    Gretchen Bower
    Gretchen Bower

    April 16, 2020

    I like the Liberty Jane- I have used both 18" and 14" patterns and precut soles!

    Marcy Mahle
    Marcy Mahle

    April 16, 2020

    I have many of the shoe patterns and materials but still have not made a set of shoes. I must get busy.

    Betty
    Betty

    April 16, 2020

    I love the plain Jane/

    Rose Sadzewicz
    Rose Sadzewicz

    April 16, 2020

    It’s really hard to pick out just one pattern as a favorite. I make a lot of shoes and boots. One favorite is all the Plain Jane shoes, open and closed toe. Also the cowgirl boots and lace-up boots by Miche. See I told you it’s hard to choose. Lol

    Jael
    Jael

    April 16, 2020

    The Candy Shop Sandals are my favourite: however, the foam clogs are a close second.

    Charlene
    Charlene

    April 16, 2020

    My two favorites are the plain janes and no sew patterns.

    Lynett
    Lynett

    April 16, 2020

    i would love to learn to make shoes for the 18" dolls. I like the mary janes and tennis shoes.

    Christie
    Christie

    April 16, 2020

    I haven’t tried making shoes yet but am really excited about the No Sew Janes patterns for AG and LesCheries/Hearts for Hearts dolls. Someday I want to make the amazing lace-up boots for my BFC Ink dolls.

    Sparkle
    Sparkle

    April 16, 2020

    I really like the no sew Janes shoes and the clogs.

    Chris
    Chris

    April 16, 2020

    I have not attempted making shoes. I can’t believe you can make shoes without sewing! They’ll be worth a try.
    Thank you.

    Kerry
    Kerry

    April 16, 2020

    The no sew Janes are great and the boots are definitely a close second.

    J.J. Goody
    J.J. Goody

    April 16, 2020

    Crocs (clogs) would be cute.

    Amy
    Amy

    April 16, 2020

    I haven’t tried making shoes yet. I want to make some Janes and some boots.

    Florence
    Florence

    April 16, 2020

    I love the shoes but the one time I tried making them it was a disaster. Maybe I’ll try again because it looks easy in the pictures and they are all so cute!

    Kelly P
    Kelly P

    April 16, 2020

    I love the Classic Shoe pattern by Crabapples. I hope it will one day be available for WW dolls. I love that Pixie Faire has so many different shoe patterns for different sized dolls. It is really hard to buy commercial pre-made shoes that are well made to match specific handmade doll clothes outfits. The solution of course, is to make our own. Thanks Pixie Faire!

    Sarah C
    Sarah C

    April 16, 2020

    My favorite is the Janes shoes. Because they remind me of little Toms shoes!

    Connie
    Connie

    April 16, 2020

    My favorite is the No Sew Janes. The possibilities are endless.

    Etta Hart
    Etta Hart

    April 16, 2020

    Plain Jane Shoes by Love U Bunches is my favorite.

    Christine
    Christine

    April 16, 2020

    I love the no sew Jane shoes in all the styles.

    Veronica
    Veronica

    April 16, 2020

    Have always wanted to try my skills at making shoes for Sage!

    April
    April

    April 16, 2020

    Love the braided sandals and the crocs. Adorable for summer!

    Janet F
    Janet F

    April 16, 2020

    It is so hard to choose a favorite! I love making shoes and there are do many patterns I would like to get. If I had to chose a favorite, probably the gladiator sandals. I also like the slouch boots, oxfords, foam crocs, and lace up boots. I need to get some shoe patterns for my AGAT doll.

    Sandra
    Sandra

    April 16, 2020

    Beautiful patterns, wants you to make them all.

    sherry g.
    sherry g.

    April 16, 2020

    I love the new sew Janes. They have been our favourite since you first released the pattern!

    Sondra
    Sondra

    April 16, 2020

    I am intrigued by the Miche Designs patterns. I’ve made a few shoe patterns, some have been better than others, but I am learning as I go.

    Lisa
    Lisa

    April 16, 2020

    I am just starting to make doll clothes and I think that it will be fun. I like the Toms look for AG dolls the best.

    Erni
    Erni

    April 16, 2020

    Too many to choose from. I really love them all

    Gail Beam
    Gail Beam

    April 16, 2020

    Too hard to choose! I love them all, especially the no sew Janes.

    Kathy
    Kathy

    April 16, 2020

    No sew janes are still my favorite- also my first purchase 2 years ago from Pixie Faire!

    Clarice
    Clarice

    April 15, 2020

    great selection as always

    thanks

    Pat
    Pat

    April 15, 2020

    I love the Candy Striped Sandels.

    Maxi
    Maxi

    April 15, 2020

    My favorite shoe pattern is the no sew shoe pattern.

    Anla Etheridge
    Anla Etheridge

    April 15, 2020

    The open toe Janes. So many possibilities.

    Ruth
    Ruth

    April 15, 2020

    I just love the no sew clogs by Miche designs

    Patricia S.
    Patricia S.

    April 15, 2020

    I like the looks of the Sally Jane Crochet shoes. They seem so delicate and feminine that they would go with any outfit.

    Edna
    Edna

    April 15, 2020

    I am going to try a knit and Crochet pattern.

    Roxanne Perez
    Roxanne Perez

    April 15, 2020

    I want to try the espradilles. They look so little, have tried some ballet shoes.

    Kristina
    Kristina

    April 15, 2020

    Too many to choose from! Love them all

    Diane R
    Diane R

    April 15, 2020

    Any of the no sew patterns.

    lisa m rainey
    lisa m rainey

    April 15, 2020

    I really like the Plain Jane Shoes by Love U Bunches.

    carole
    carole

    April 15, 2020

    My favorite pattern is Plain Jane Shoes but I have many more favorite pattern. And, if I won, be sure that I will buy your Ultimate Pattern Collection for no-sew doll shoes. Thank you.

    Patty
    Patty

    April 15, 2020

    Love the Candy Shop sandals by Miche! They just look like fun!

    Laurie
    Laurie

    April 15, 2020

    I have lots of the patterns but the only one that I’ve tried is the Plain Janes by Love U Bunches for Wellie and 18". Easy pattern but it takes patience and practice to get the hang of handling small pieces.

    Sharen
    Sharen

    April 15, 2020

    The shoes are all really cute and complete an outfit wonderfully.

    Cristy Estep
    Cristy Estep

    April 15, 2020

    My favorite shoes are the Candy Shop Sandals

    Lynette Oliver
    Lynette Oliver

    April 15, 2020

    The Tom’s are my favorite pattern. Using fabric to craft them makes them very versatile.

    Heather
    Heather

    April 15, 2020

    The Buttonstock shoes are totally my favorite style! Looks like something I’d wear!

    Mary
    Mary

    April 15, 2020

    I love the open toe Jane shie that are do spring like and colorful.

    Mary
    Mary

    April 15, 2020

    I love the open toe Jane shie that are do spring like and colorful.

    Joan
    Joan

    April 15, 2020

    I really like the Open Toe Janes

    Judith McCaulley
    Judith McCaulley

    April 15, 2020

    I haven’t made shoes yet, but it looks like the Mary Jane shoes would be the way to start.

    Renee B
    Renee B

    April 15, 2020

    I like the birkenstock style sandle because it will work for girl and boy dolls. Precut soles would be great to have. Save time and cutting.

    Pam
    Pam

    April 15, 2020

    I have made several pair of the no sew foam clog for 18 inch dolls. They turned out adorable!

    Nancy
    Nancy

    April 15, 2020

    My favorite shoe patterns are the Plain Jane patterns by Luv. U Bunchee

    Julia H.
    Julia H.

    April 15, 2020

    My favorite shoes are the traditional Jane’s. You can make then in so many different fabrics to match any outfit. And they come together so easily, the result generally looks good.

    Jo Collins
    Jo Collins

    April 15, 2020

    Shoes for WellieWishers and 18” American Girls

    Tina
    Tina

    April 15, 2020

    I have been saving things to make shoes for months I can’t wait to finally do it.

    James
    James

    April 15, 2020

    My favourite has to be the no sew Janes. I love that I can use left over ribbon pieces to make such cute shoes!

    jackie koepnick
    jackie koepnick

    April 15, 2020

    love to make shoes more patterns and soles yea !!!!!!

    Janet
    Janet

    April 15, 2020

    I do not have a favorite yet as I have not tackled making shows as of yet. I have just begun making clothes for my 4 grandaughters’ AGDs. I do have the Coxy Slippers, LJC Janes, LJC Open Toe Janes (for 18" and 14"), LUB Plain Janes, and the MBPC Kara patterns. I hope to tackle them soon.

    Mary Jo White
    Mary Jo White

    April 15, 2020

    I love the sandals and boots. They really finish an outfit for the 18” doll outfits I make for my granddaughters.

    Bonnie
    Bonnie

    April 15, 2020

    I like open toe Janes best!

    Brittany
    Brittany

    April 15, 2020

    I like the Janes pattern the best! I wear that style a lot myself. :)

    Lemara
    Lemara

    April 15, 2020

    I love the plain and open toe Janes but I want to try some boots too!

    Deborah
    Deborah

    April 15, 2020

    I like Liberty Janes designs for shoes the best. I will plan to make several designs for my grand daughter, Liara! Ta, Deb.

    Deb H
    Deb H

    April 15, 2020

    I like so many of the patterns but this one caught my eye Today. Martina Crochet Braided Sandals.

    Dianne
    Dianne

    April 15, 2020

    I have lots of shoe patterns, but have yet to make a pair! I particularly like shoes from Miche Designs and the Janes pattern from Liberty Jane.

    Janet Radke
    Janet Radke

    April 15, 2020

    I like the no sew shoes the best

    Monica
    Monica

    April 15, 2020

    All of the shoes are sooo cute I don’t know where to start!!! I think my faves are going to be the Boardwalk Sandles.

    Grandma Freckles
    Grandma Freckles

    April 15, 2020

    I haven’t tried making shoes yet, but I am going to try. I have plenty of shoes for my 18" dolls, but I need some for my AGAT dolls & for my 14" & 14-1/2", especially ones that would do for my boy dolls. I have purchase a good variety of your shoe, sandal & boot patterns.

    sara
    sara

    April 15, 2020

    Liberty Jane shoes.

    Marilyn
    Marilyn

    April 15, 2020

    I like all of the patterns I used to make baby shoes now I make doll shoes to match outfits that I make.

    Michelle
    Michelle

    April 15, 2020

    macrame are my fave

    Betty Simmons
    Betty Simmons

    April 15, 2020

    I would love to make them all!! My granddaughters would have sooo much fun if they could have shoes to match their outfits!! I can’t wait to get started on them!!

    Lori
    Lori

    April 15, 2020

    I don’t sew doll shoes but I would love to win this for my sister! She has a small business, sewing for dolls and her daughters are already helping too!

    Susan Hirsch
    Susan Hirsch

    April 15, 2020

    I love all the sandals! I’ve never tried to make them, but with the new offer for the simply shoes class I have no reason to try!😉

    Nancy
    Nancy

    April 15, 2020

    Haven’t made any yet. Want to try the Janes.

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