Plain Jane 18" Doll Shoe Pattern

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If you ever wanted to try your hand at making shoes for your 18” doll, 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 Shoes: Light to medium weight tightly woven fashion fabric such as cotton quilting fabric; Vinyl Shoes: Marine leather or faux leather ribbon


Supplies Needed:
Fabric Shoes:
-Fabric: 1/8 yard light to medium weight tightly woven fashion fabric such as cotton quilting fabric
-Matching sewing thread
-Sewing needle
-Insoles: 4” x 4” piece of medium weight cardboard or chipboard
-Soles: 4” x 4” 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
-Permanent marker
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 Option:
-For the tab: 2 pieces of 1/4” ribbon, 5” long each
-For the bow: 2 pieces of 1/4” ribbon, 11” long each

Vinyl Option:
-Shoe top: 11" x 4.5” piece of light to medium weight vinyl, preferably with a soft backing
-Matching thread
-Insole: 4” x 4” piece of chipboard or thick cardboard
6” x 4.5” piece of cotton fabric
-Sole: 4” x 4” 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
-18" of trim to cover the shoe base (9" per shoe)
-Pencil and fine point permanent marker
-Optional: 4” of double-sided sticky tape (such as Wonder Tape®)
-Teflon® presser foot

Skill Level:  Intermediate


What You Get: One 51 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.

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Jenny B.

Plain Jane 18" Doll shoe Pattern

shoes turned out great

Elizabeth S.
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Plain Jane 18” Doll Shoes

Love this pattern because I can match the shoes with any outfit I make.

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Cute Shoes

Love these shoe patterns and so does my Granddaughter! To see the look in her eyes with each new shoe or boot is so great! Each shoe gets easier and easier to make.

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Easy and fun!

The Plain Jane 18” doll shoe pattern was easy and fun to make. I plan to adjust the pattern to also make shoes for my A Girl for All Time doll (16”) and some older dolls in my collection.

Lucy B.
United States

Plain Jane Shoes

I love this pattern. It is so versatile. I made two pairs for my 18 inch dolls. Then I narrowed the width and made a pair for my skinny 18 in BFC Doll. I really like that you can dress them up or down. I have been looking at this pattern for years. I am so glad I bought this one.