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

    Helen
    Helen

    April 15, 2020

    I like the Liberty Jane shoe patterns. I am still trying to get them to look like they are NOT homemade.

    ann
    ann

    April 15, 2020

    I’ve made several pairs of the Janes for 18in dolls. Great instructions and a design that is easy to work with, but can be customized.

    Kathy
    Kathy

    April 15, 2020

    I like the crochet shoes. I wish I knew how to crochet.

    Tammy
    Tammy

    April 15, 2020

    I like the open toe Janes and the crocheted ones.

    Christine
    Christine

    April 15, 2020

    I have not made shoes yet and I’m excited to try. I want to make black mary janes.

    Bonnie R
    Bonnie R

    April 15, 2020

    Pick me! I’ve got lots of shoes to make.

    Kathy H
    Kathy H

    April 15, 2020

    I love all of the cute sandal patterns!

    Dianne Mann
    Dianne Mann

    April 15, 2020

    I love the Buttonstock Sandals plus many more. Adorable!

    EDWINA
    EDWINA

    April 15, 2020

    I like the no sew board walk sandles.

    Cindy
    Cindy

    April 15, 2020

    I like the Side-Zip Boots

    Tamra
    Tamra

    April 15, 2020

    I like the Liberty Jane Janes

    Nicola
    Nicola

    April 15, 2020

    I love the plain Janes and sandals!

    Sally
    Sally

    April 15, 2020

    I like the blue and white strip shoes .

    Diane
    Diane

    April 15, 2020

    I like the Walking on Sunshine Shoes and Doral Boots but there are so many others I like too! It’s hard to choose just one.

    Grannie Frannie
    Grannie Frannie

    April 15, 2020

    The Candy Shop sandals captured my vote! So fun, so versatile, and they would capture any little girl’s heart.

    Gail S
    Gail S

    April 15, 2020

    I like the Button Stock Sandals

    Carol
    Carol

    April 15, 2020

    My favorite are the open toe Janes. But I’m going to try the sandals and boots.

    Jane
    Jane

    April 15, 2020

    I love the no sew Janes!!!

    Barb
    Barb

    April 15, 2020

    No-Sew Jane’s are super cute!

    Amy G
    Amy G

    April 15, 2020

    I love all the shoe patterns!

    Brenda S Rhodes
    Brenda S Rhodes

    April 15, 2020

    I love the sandals and plain Janes.

    Joyce
    Joyce

    April 15, 2020

    I like the circling round sandals

    Sherry H
    Sherry H

    April 15, 2020

    I have several of the shoe and boot patterns. They are so much fun to make.

    Donnamarie
    Donnamarie

    April 15, 2020

    The Liberty Jane – Jane’s are my favorite shoe for the 18” doll.

    Julianna
    Julianna

    April 15, 2020

    The bittonstock sandals make me smile, but the candy shop sandals are pretty cute too!

    Bev
    Bev

    April 15, 2020

    I think the plain Janes will be my favorite to make

    Sandra Joan Eckhardt
    Sandra Joan Eckhardt

    April 15, 2020

    been using your patterns for years. Just love the ease of working with them.

    GrandmaB
    GrandmaB

    April 15, 2020

    My favorite is the no sew foam clog. Just like my granddaugters wear!

    Darlene
    Darlene

    April 15, 2020

    My favourite is the no sew clog

    Gives me the impression of spring and gardening. Just the great outdoors and freedoms

    Maryann
    Maryann

    April 15, 2020

    My favorite shoe pattern is the candy box sandals.

    Liana
    Liana

    April 15, 2020

    Lots of great shoe patterns. Hard to pick a favorite. Miche Designs Buttonstock Sandals were a recent cutie pair :)

    Moi
    Moi

    April 15, 2020

    Wow! What a generous offer! Probably the Liberty Janes — any model — are my favorites as Liberty Jane patterns are so easy to follow

    Frances Ashley
    Frances Ashley

    April 15, 2020

    Love the no sew mary janes!

    Eileen
    Eileen

    April 15, 2020

    I love the no-sew version. Can see actually making some!

    Jacquie Corrigan
    Jacquie Corrigan

    April 15, 2020

    I love the Janes, probably because I always wanted to wear shoes like that when I was a kid! My feet just don’t fit them well!

    Barb
    Barb

    April 15, 2020

    I have purchased the No-Sew Janes but up until now did not have the time to make them. But with all that is going on it is changing, we finished a few other projects first and now will be starting on the Janes. Thank you for all you do for us.

    Marge R (mer)
    Marge R (mer)

    April 15, 2020

    Love Miche Designs Floral Geo Sandal = sooo cute!!!

    Emily H.
    Emily H.

    April 15, 2020

    My favorite shoe pattern is Circling Around. I love the look of the crocheted circles and I’m working on my skills so I can make them someday.

    Debbie Hall
    Debbie Hall

    April 15, 2020

    I have done several different patters for crocheting 18" dolls shoes and they are WOW. The key of course if checking the stretch of the yarn with the type of shoe pattern you are using. And I have made the soles myself and it is not difficult, just time consuming. LOVE the shoes!

    Karissa
    Karissa

    April 15, 2020

    My favorite shoes are the no-sew Janes! They’re so adorable and versatile!

    Heidi
    Heidi

    April 15, 2020

    Crochet sandals.

    Deanna
    Deanna

    April 15, 2020

    I like the classic Welliewishers style boot. Cute with dresses or leggings. These little boots are adorable!

    anita
    anita

    April 15, 2020

    love the open toe janes

    anita
    anita

    April 15, 2020

    love the open toe janes

    Ellen Simpson
    Ellen Simpson

    April 15, 2020

    I love the open toe pattern by Liberty Janes.

    Nancy Blankenship
    Nancy Blankenship

    April 15, 2020

    My favorite shoe is the Jane. There were so many pretty ones, it was hard to choose.

    Susan
    Susan

    April 15, 2020

    Love the Crabapple pattern – wish it came in larger size.

    Mary
    Mary

    April 15, 2020

    I like the Plain Jane Shoes by Love U Bunches. They have a classic look that I find appealing.

    Joanne
    Joanne

    April 15, 2020

    So cute!!

    Mary Hughes
    Mary Hughes

    April 15, 2020

    Using precut soles makes shoe making soooo much easier!

    Anna Lane
    Anna Lane

    April 15, 2020

    I like all the 14 inch shoes, especially the Jane. They remind me of shoes I had grow up.

    Joy
    Joy

    April 15, 2020

    I like the sandels patterns.

    Barb E.
    Barb E.

    April 15, 2020

    My favorite is the slouch boots.

    Betty
    Betty

    April 15, 2020

    I would love to learn more about making shoes for 18" dolls. This would be a great win.

    SARAH K
    SARAH K

    April 15, 2020

    I LOVE THEM ALL. IT’S SO NICE TO HAVE PATTERNS FOR SHOES AVAILABLE. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!

    Theresa
    Theresa

    April 15, 2020

    I really like the bottonstock sandels!

    Jo
    Jo

    April 15, 2020

    The open-toed Janes are so cute.

    Sandra
    Sandra

    April 15, 2020

    My dolls aren’t’ fully dressed with out shoes !

    Rose
    Rose

    April 15, 2020

    This is a great time to try making shoes!

    Denise
    Denise

    April 15, 2020

    NO SEW JANES 18” DOLL SHOES are the prettiest in my opinion.

    michelle
    michelle

    April 15, 2020

    the combat boots are awesome!

    Chris
    Chris

    April 15, 2020

    Love the plain janes

    Brandyn Barksdale
    Brandyn Barksdale

    April 15, 2020

    I love the ‘Walking On Sunshine’ mary janes. They’re a fantastic shoe for any doll of any gender. 💛

    Mary
    Mary

    April 15, 2020

    I like the candy cane sandles

    Jocelyn Fawcett
    Jocelyn Fawcett

    April 15, 2020

    I think the Candy Shop sandals are very pretty.

    cheryl
    cheryl

    April 15, 2020

    Just made the Matildas basic side zip boots! They were way easier to make than i ever dreamed. Great directions! They look professional and trust me i am an average sewer.

    Marilyn
    Marilyn

    April 15, 2020

    I like Mary Jane shoes.
    Marilyn

    Joan Kern
    Joan Kern

    April 15, 2020

    I just ordered the precut soles and can’t wait to make sandals and tennis shoes. They are all so cute I want to make shoes to match every outfit! I did order the Janes pattern and will make them first. I love them!

    LINDAK
    LINDAK

    April 15, 2020

    I really like the pattern for the open-toe janes!

    Yvonne Gandara-Belsky
    Yvonne Gandara-Belsky

    April 15, 2020

    I love the boots but find them intimidating to make, so I end up making sandals. I’ll give the crocs a try next, I guess you may say I have a shoe fetish…..

    Leenie Jackson Eileen
    Leenie Jackson Eileen

    April 15, 2020

    I like the sandals and boots and the open toe janes.

    BonnieGayle
    BonnieGayle

    April 15, 2020

    My favorite is the Mary Jane shoes.

    Suzanne
    Suzanne

    April 15, 2020

    I love the variety of Mary Jane shoes.

    Piroska
    Piroska

    April 15, 2020

    I love the Candy Shop Sandals for 18" dolls, pattern by Miche Designs.

    Patricia Brinnon
    Patricia Brinnon

    April 15, 2020

    I love all the shoes but I guess my favorite is the no sew janes. I like the precut soles too,

    kat
    kat

    April 15, 2020

    I love the Lace Up Boots.. rugged country wear!

    Shirley
    Shirley

    April 15, 2020

    I like a making different style. I like the boots. The Plain Jane shoes go with a lot of different outfits.

    Carol
    Carol

    April 15, 2020

    I like any of the sandal patterns, they are pretty easy & the kids have an easier time getting them on the doll.

    Karen
    Karen

    April 15, 2020

    I love the Boardwalk Sandals.

    Cath
    Cath

    April 15, 2020

    I have made several pairs of different styles of your shoes and have had success with all of them. My favorite was the slouch ankle boots. They turned out so adorable. I took the shoes I made to “Sew and Tell” at a meeting at the local sewing center and they were a huge hit. I can’t wait to sew some of the furry boots or fur trimmed boots. But for this season I want the Floral sandals. Toooooo cute.
    I’d like to make them for my nieces but don’t know how they will hold up to child play. Can anyone answer that? What has your experience been? Thanks. Happy stitching!

    Fran Bott
    Fran Bott

    April 15, 2020

    I love the lace up boots and the western boots.

    Marylin
    Marylin

    April 15, 2020

    I think making shoes may be fun.

    Feriba
    Feriba

    April 15, 2020

    Plain Jane is my favorite

    Jocelyne
    Jocelyne

    April 15, 2020

    Liberty Jane Open Toe Janes!

    MARGOT
    MARGOT

    April 15, 2020

    My favorite is the open toe Janes, so easy to make and a nice look for most outfits I have made, but I have gotten better at sewing and creating and love them all. A BIG Thank you to all of you for these patterns.

    Pat
    Pat

    April 15, 2020

    I like making the Janes & sandals….to match an outfit….dressy or beach-y!

    Sue
    Sue

    April 15, 2020

    The video is excellent! The more I practice, the easier it gets!

    Sue
    Sue

    April 15, 2020

    Plain Janes are my favorite!

    Patricia
    Patricia

    April 15, 2020

    Awesome give-a-way. I love them all. I can’t choose just one. :)

    Patricia T
    Patricia T

    April 15, 2020

    I love the Plain Janes.

    Kami
    Kami

    April 15, 2020

    Would really like to get into making doll shoes…theyre so cute!

    Vicky Wells
    Vicky Wells

    April 15, 2020

    I have never made doll shoes but would love to try. They are adorable!

    Cathy
    Cathy

    April 15, 2020

    Love the sandals.

    Frances
    Frances

    April 15, 2020

    I love the Classic Shoe since I the “Mary Jane” style shoe is my favorite when I sew for little girls and their dolls!

    Tanya
    Tanya

    April 15, 2020

    My favorites soo far are the no sew-janes and the ITH tennis shoes by Appletotes. So many versions!!!

    Modiegi Logare
    Modiegi Logare

    April 15, 2020

    Love your work hope you send me a give away but I live in Mafikeng💙💙💙💙💁💁💁💁🤛🤛🤛🤛

    Patricia T
    Patricia T

    April 15, 2020

    I love the Plain Janes.

    sheila
    sheila

    April 15, 2020

    all are sooo cute but I like the no-sew janes best.

    Ginger Bloomer
    Ginger Bloomer

    April 15, 2020

    Love making doll shoes!

    Robin Petersen
    Robin Petersen

    April 15, 2020

    Love, love, love the crocheted shoes! Gems, Sofia Slip ons, Lola Oxford and the Loop Stitch Booties are on my list.
    Not sure I can pick a favorite!!

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