Do you avoid making doll shoes because of the sewing and gluing involved? Then the Swirling Petal Shoes are for you! Based on shoes worn by ancient Celts, these shoes are made out of a single piece of leather or vinyl. Their clever design wraps around 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 Swirling Petal Shoes can be made very quickly, and with very few supplies. These shoes are specifically designed for American Girl® dolls and may not fit other 18" dolls.
Special Note: This PDF crafting pattern includes an optional svg file that you can use to cut the pattern piece out with an electronic cutter if you have one. In order to use these files, you have to be able to import svg files into your cutter’s software. If you don’t have an electronic cutter, not to worry! You can cut the pattern piece out by hand.
Recommended Fabrics: Medium to heavy weight vinyl or leather, cord or ribbon or rattail
-5 inch by 9 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.
-40 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: Easy
What You Get: One svg file and one 16 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!
Super easy, trace, cut, punch holes and lace up with ribbon, satin cord or thin leather cording! That's it and you have a pair of shoes. I purchased thin leather in the upholstery section of my fabric store.