Medieval Poulaines 18" Doll Shoe Pattern


Get your doll ready for the Renaissance Faire with this medieval shoe pattern inspired by sharp pointed shoes worn by noblemen in the 14th and 15th century. Every person who could afford shoes wore poulaines, though the longer tips were generally reserved for nobility who could afford to wander around in footwear seemingly designed for pratfalls. They were low-cut, flat-soled, slip-on shoe- sometimes fastened with a side lace or toggle. The poulaines distinctive feature was its very pronounced, pointed toe. These shoes from the Middle Ages were also being cut to show off the colored hose around a lord’s ankle. In this time, tunics were getting shorter and young men would have been showing off their legs.

This pattern will guide you to create a pair of poulaines, whether you are creating a medieval outfit or an Elf Costume.

Two methods are included:

  • 1. Soft Sole — You completely sew the shoe on the sewing machine and turn once complete.
  • 2. Foam Sole — The top of the shoe is completed and then glued onto a foam base.

This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18 inch dolls such as American Girl®

Recommended Fabrics:  Shoes — Leather type pleather fabric. Vinyl, marine vinyl, mock suede. Not too thick as it must be easy to fold and turn. You want to use a vinyl that has a leather look to it. Felt — Felt can also be used. Works especially well for the soft sole shoes. Shoe Sole — 2mm Craft foam or Cork. Cardstock or leather can also be used.

Supplies Needed:

  • Foam Sole Shoes
  • Vinyl or Felt — 4.5” x 9”
  • 2mm (1/8”) Craft Foam or cork — 3.5” x 8”
  • Soft Sole Shoes
  • Vinyl or Felt — 5x5” x 13”
  • Glue
  • Pins or grip clips


Skill Level:  Easy to Intermediate

What You Get: One 12 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 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.

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