Do you avoid making doll shoes because of all the sewing and gluing involved? Then the Roman Holiday Sandals are for you! Based on sandals worn by ancient Romans, these shoes are made out of a single piece of leather or vinyl. Their clever design molds to the doll’s foot using laced cord or ribbon to hold them in place.
With no pieces to sew together and no soles to glue on, the Roman Holiday Sandals can be made very quickly, and with very few supplies. This PDF crafting pattern was specifically designed to fit 18" American Girl® dolls.
Recommended Fabrics: Medium to heavy weight leather or vinyl
-4 inch by 8 inch piece of medium-heavy weight vinyl or leather. For the examples shown in this pattern I used upholstery leather that is 1/8 inch thick.
-38 inches of thin leather cording, waxed cotton cording, rattail or similar
-Crop-o-dile, leather punch or similar that is no larger than 1/8 inch
-Doll for fitting when lacing the shoes
Skill Level: Beginner
What You Get: One 15 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, Craft!
Downloaded these about an hour ago and she is already wearing them. I had a bit of trouble with threading the back of the sandal, but enlarged the pictures and followed them. Worked fine. I made my sandles out of leather. I also tried the hint from the previous review and that worked well too. I used 1/4 " ribbon for the lacing so I would probably cut the front ties a little longer next time. I used a crewel needle to thread the ribbon through the heel lacing holes. I am thrilled with the result and so is the doll, all my dolls want a pair now!!
These are so easy to put together. A little tip, before cutting out the cut outs, I took my hole punch and punched a small hole in the marked off space, then used my scissors to finish cutting the holes. Worked like a dream without ruining the shape of the hole!!