Simply Shoes - Topic Overview and Resources

Hi Everyone! Let's talk about shoes Not just any shoes, but those tiny intricate adorable doll scale shoes! As with most things at this scale, there are challenges to overcome to master the art of making doll shoes. However, I do feel confident that with a bit of practice this will be easy to accomplish. We will use the Liberty Jane shoe patterns for the demos throughout this course, as well as a few other tips, suggestions, and demos from some of the other shoe designers featured on Pixie Faire. The basic shoe construction is the same for most patterns. We will focus on those elements and by the end of this course, you should have the confidence to any type of shoe pattern that you'd like! So let's dive into this topic and learn the art of making doll shoes.  I promise this will be a fun month!

In the videos posted below, I share with you an overview of the month-long topic and then a hands-on tutorial for using iron on and hand applied pre-made embroidered designs. I hope this will encourage and inspire you to try something new!




Pattern Overview:



    Resource and Supply list:

    • Pre-cut Shoe Soles (all sizes)
    • 2mm Foam Sheets - Hobby Lobby, Michaels, JoAnns, Amazon
    • 6mm Foam Sheets - Hobby Lobby, Michaels, JoAnns, Amazon
    • Cork Sheets - Hobby Lobby, Michaels, JoAnns, Amazon
    • 1/4" wide Steam a Seam - Hobby Lobby, Michaels, JoAnns, Amazon
    • Heat n' Bond - Hobby Lobby, Michaels, JoAnns, Amazon
    • Cotton Fabrics - These are the easiest types of fabrics to find! Places like Jo Anns, Hobby Lobby, even Wal-mart usually have a variety of quilting cotton or fat quarters available. Check out online stores for packaged sets from brands like Moda Fabrics too!
    • Middy Braid Trim - Amazon
    • Braided Natural Trim - Amazon
    • 1/4" ribbon
    • 1/4" elastic
    • CordingAmazon
    • Narrow Lacing
    • EyeletsAmazon
    • 1/4" Buckles - online doll supply store
    • 2" Cluny TrimAmazon
    • 2" Embroidered
    • Marine
    • Sparkle
    • Pellon Fusible Interfacing
    • Hot Glue GunAmazon


    YouTube Tutorial Videos - The first one I made for the No-Sew Janes shoe pattern, it is demonstrated on the 18" size shoe but the instructions are the same for any of the pattern sizes. 


    The second one is made by Chris Saunders of Love U Bunches for the Plain Jane Shoe pattern. This is not an LJ brand pattern, but it's one of our best sellers at Pixie Faire. I thought this would be a great resource to many of you if you haven't seen this video yet!



    Other Fun Shoe Resources:

    • Print out these cute shoe size shopping bags. If you're  tech savvy you could edit the image to say a different shop name or logo ;) if you don't want an LJ branded bag.



    Week One task:

    • Watch the videos :) Then it's time to go look through what items you. might already have on hand, and them, of course, go shop for some new supplies! Look through the patterns and choose one to start with, then familiarize your self with the instructions to prepare for making the shoes. Watch the videos here too! There's so much to learn and watching others go through the process is a great way to learn!

    Next Tuesday  - Week 2: Janes / Open-toe Janes fabric sewn shoe demonstration...



    October 17, 2017

    thanks for the sorces, it really helps!

    October 14, 2017

    Hi Cinnamon. Can you please recommend some places for some of us living here in Europe? I would love to order but I don’t know if I have to pay double for importing (happened once). If your team can help, I would like to know if you have shipped to France and if there were extra charges. Thank you.


    October 12, 2017

    Am I missing something? I have not seen Pixie Pack Soles available for some time now. Where can they be found???

    Karen Lorraine
    Karen Lorraine

    October 06, 2017

    Hi again Candy! I have now purchased both the Love U Bunches pattern and the Liberty Jane pattern (for shoes) and both are really excellent. They have options for what to use if you can’t buy the pre-cut soles. I have heard on google that it is hard to cut chipboard, so I am using alternatives (and am now going to try both patterns). Best wishes to you.

    Karen Lorraine
    Karen Lorraine

    October 04, 2017

    Candy The Love U Bunches’ video above shows how to cut the foam, and uses Pellon instead of chipboard. This is probably what I’ll do as I don’t have pre-cut soles either. Best wishes :)


    October 03, 2017

    Will you be showing how to cut chip board and foam? Grand daughter’s have journey girl’s with smaller feet so can not take advantage of pre cut soles. :(

    Deb Rummery
    Deb Rummery

    October 03, 2017

    Oh no!! I was really looking forward to making shoes so I bought lots of sole packs last month so that I’d be all ready to go. It takes so long for parcels to Australia to arrive and I wanted to have all my supplies on hand. Never mind – it’s going to be a fun month xx

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