If you ever wanted to try your hand at making shoes, this is the pattern for you. It's a great beginner pattern. Minimal sewing, a little bit of glue, really cute shoes! It's also a great way to use up scraps from your stash. It only takes a little bit of fabric to make
an awesome pair of shoes. And NO hot glue! You can make shoes to match every outfit! So many options… plain, fussy cut, tabs, ties, vinyl! Your doll is going to need a bigger closet!
Recommended Fabrics: Fabric Version: Light to medium weight tightly woven fashion fabric such as cotton quilting fabric; Vinyl Version: Light to medium weight vinyl such as marine leather or faux leather ribbon
-Less than 1/8 yard light to medium weight tightly woven fashion fabric such as cotton quilting fabric
-Matching sewing thread
-Insoles: 3” x 3” piece of medium weight cardboard or chipboard
-Soles: 3” x 3” piece of 2mm or 3mm craft foam
-Liquid glue: Thick, fast-drying glue such as Aleene's® Super Thick Tacky Glue
-Marking tools: Fine point disappearing ink pen or water soluble fabric pen
Small piece of fine sandpaper or nail file to smooth foam edges
Small pieces of fine sandpaper for optional templates
Nylon jaw pliers to press seams flat
Clothes pins or office clamps to hold shoe while glue is drying
Coffee filter to add traction for stitching small pieces
Scraps of felt
Embellishments: Bows, beads, trim, narrow cording, elastic
Tabs and Ties Version:
-For the tab: 2 pieces of 1/4” ribbon, 5” long each
-For the bow: 2 pieces of 1/4” ribbon, 11” long each
-Less than 1/8 yard light to medium weight vinyl, preferably with a soft backing
-Matching or contrasting thread (optional: thread to match wrong side of vinyl)
-Insole: 3” x 3” piece of chipboard or thick cardboard
4.5” x 4” piece of cotton fabric
-Sole: 3” x 3” piece of 2mm or 3mm foam
-Leather, Microtex®, or regular 75/11 sharp machine needle
-Low temp hot glue gun and glue sticks
-Liquid glue: Thick, fast-drying glue such as
Aleene's® Super Thick Tacky Glue
-14” of trim to cover the shoe base (7” per shoe)
-Pencil and fine point permanent marker
-Optional: 4” of double-sided sticky tape (such as Wonder Tape®)
Teflon® presser foot
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
What You Get: One 49 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A 6 page Summary of Instructions is included to help save on printer ink. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.Download, Print, Sew!
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This pattern works great! I used all of the tips and followed all of the details in the pattern. My shoed turned out great! I am now an expert at making doll shoes.
I made ballet shoes with pink satin and ribbon to tie on, but then I discovered that the Stitchin'For Kids charity requires all donations be washed and I made these with water soluble craft glue. Now I'm trying to figure out how to make some that can be fused to pellon and stitched so they can be washable.
This was my first time attempting shoes. It was fiddly and time-consuming and they didn’t stay on her feet. I’m sure I just need more practice and, judging from the other reviews, I need to check out the video.
I used the pattern and made a set of plain janes using fleece for the upper and felt for the lining. They turned out cute. Instructions were clear and easy to follow.
Love them. Especially since American Girl Dolls doesn't have any to buy. Make sure you watch the online tutorial. Really was a help. Suprised myself. I'm a cobbler.