Don’t know how to sew? No problem! The No Sew Janes shoe pattern is a fun and easy way to create cute shoes for your 18 inch doll without any sewing!
This version of the popular Janes shoe PDF pattern has been simplified and uses packaged trims for the shoe body. There are so many options of trims to choose from when making these shoes; cotton lace, embroidered trim, or crocheted trim will all work great. You just need a style that is at least 2 inches wide and has a straight edge along the length of the trim. A variety of lightweight woven cotton fabrics can be used for the shoe lining, just a small scrap is needed!
This PDF shoe pattern works with a combination of the two thicknesses of the Pixie Pack SHAPE 1 pre-cut soles (2mm: White, Black, Color 1 or Color 2 - Also 6mm: Black/White Combo, Green/ Purple, or Brown/Tan.) You will need one set of 2mm soles (for the chipboard base) and one set of 6mm soles.
Be sure to follow along with Cinnamon, in the complete step by step tutorial video! You can find it on the Liberty Jane YouTube Channel or watch it here by clicking in the 3rd image to the right. Enjoy!
Skill Level: Beginner (but note if using a hot glue gun adult supervision is recommended).
What You Get: One 11 page crafting pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF crafting 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.Download, Print, Sew!
I obviously still need practice because even with the 1/4" seam the shoe is still too tight. And with the struggle to get it on the foot the steam a seam came loose on the ribbon at the back. Think I will sew all my joins next time and make some allowances for my learning curve:-). Shoes do look very cute when finished. Very simple and easy. I think a good start for a beginner with making shoes.
Great pattern with clear instruction
This was my first pair of doll shoes ever and I'm happy with how they came out. However, I will share with you some things I will do differently on my next shoes. Since this was my first pair ever, I did one shoe at a time. Next time I will do the same steps on BOTH shoes at the same time. It will save time and I am no longer afraid I will mess up the first pair. Making my first solo shoe, I did NOT form it to the doll's foot. This was a mistake and I had to pull apart the shoe parts I had glued together because the shoe would not go on the doll's foot. So next time, both shoes are going on both dolls feet from step 1. I used some burlap ribbon from Dollar Tree. It has wire in it, which I think helped me with the shape of the shoe. American Girl dolls have big feet and the doll I have is one of the early models. I don't know if feet are bigger or small or on other models. I found that the front pattern piece of the No Sew Janes was super and worked well. But for the material I was using the first doll shoe would not go on. So I cut another strip of ribbon and this time I put it around the doll's foot to make sure it would fit. I made it a little longer than the pattern piece based on my doll's foot. I have only made one pair but for my specific American girl doll the side back strip needs to be just a tad bit longer. I used a different Dollar Tree ribbon to cover the bottom of the pixie faire soles I purchased. I glued it on the cardboard shape. That is the shape I used to mold the shoes. When I had all of the shoes together I put the black foam over the bottom of the shoe to cover up the glued bottom. I put the glue around the edges of the shoe and then pressed the foam in. I did not press in the middle because that would have made the uneven edges show. There is kind of a pit in the middle of the shoe from the edges if you glue the middle. I tried that and took it off and removed the glue because I wanted a nice flat surface. I might try to make my own soles in the future, but by the time I buy the foam, draw on the pattern and cut it out I think I am saving time and money to purchase them already ready to go. They look more professional than my cut outs with scissors would. I looked online for a die cut to purchase but I still think already created is the best way to go for me. I am not mass producing and I am not all that fast so I need the time I save. The only advice I have to offer is that you might want to make the side back pattern piece a little longer so it will slide over the doll's foot easily. Even longer it's still not loose by any means. I also decided I will do the little piece at the back of the shoe first by dividing the back/side piece in half. It seems to be easier than trying to do it after the rest of the shoe is together. When I made my one foot practice shoe I had to add the little loop last and it was much easier when I made the second shoe to add it before I started glueing the piece on. The little loops do help in pulling the shoes on and off. This pattern (no sew) has given me enough confidence to try a sewed shoe next. I have a sandels pattern and vinyl to try as well as a couple of cloth shoes. I really wasn't sure I could make shoes and I'm quite proud of my first pair. Good luck in your shoe making journey.