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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Jennifer Q.
United States United States

Plain Jane 18” doll shoe pattern

LOVE IT! Instructions were lengthy (which I need) and am grateful for the different size of sole as I have different dolls. Great ideas on how to decorate them as well.

Julie V.
United States United States

Plain Jane Doll Shoes

My experience with the pattern has been ok. The directions are too wordy. They need to be more direct. It would also be helpful if some of illustrations were in black and white. It is too expensive to print them.

Pixie Faire

Hi Julie, I would suggest printing only the pattern pieces and then referring to a device such as a cell phone or a tablet to follow the instructions. We do have a lot of customers who do this to save paper and ink. You can also choose to print in black and white instead of color in the printing dialogue box before printing the pattern. :)

Lyn K.

Plain Jane shoes

Absolutely the best tutorial, great tips, leaves you with a total understanding of shoe construction.


Cute and Easy

Love how these turned out!

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Dorothy M.
United States

plain jane shoe pattern

very pleased easy to use and the shoes are so cute