Tuesday, October 19, 2010

since I can't knit

*** So I wrote this post the morning I went in to labor and never got a chance to zap it out. The little miss is not ready for a fashion show yet, but I am happy to report the little booties actually fit just right! ***

I have to do SOMETHING with my idle hands and overactive imagination. I have been drooling over these baby booties on etsy. They are gorgeous... but I am having a hard time indulging like that when babies don't really NEED booties and they're only going to get used for a few months. So I googled up a pattern and decided to try it myself.
For people who are used to actually reading sewing patterns, this is easy stuff. But I got stuck many times interpreting certain steps. I blindly forged ahead and I am happy to report it all made sense in the end. I used 100% wool felt and hand sewed the whole thing. I made a simple little mushroom embellishment to match the fabulous onesie my Martha Stewart friend and neighbor SuperJen made me recently (she just ROCKS!)
Zach wanted in on the fun and made these two little gnomes to match the set.

If anyone has anyother easy bootie patterns to share, post a link in the comments. I also want to try making wool longies from old felted sweaters and looking for some ideas there too... it's getting chilly outside!

9 comments:

Joy said...

I made Finn several pairs of wool longies from felted old sweaters. I just felted the sweaters then traced a pair of pants that fit him and added 1/2 inch all the way around and 1.5-2 inches at the top for a drawstring or elastic. It really wasn't difficult. He also had several pair of old t-shirt pants this way. ;)

kim said...

Great job on the booties! I just bought a book that had some cute slippers in and there was a pair of felt ones too, I made my Mia some slippers! I love the mushroom stuff!!

Jennifer said...

I have a PDF pattern for mary jane shoes. No, I have not tried making them yet, but yes, the pattern was purchased for your little nugget.

Great job on the booties. I cannot wait to check them out in person.

And speaking of Gnomes, I have a little something for you up here. Hope to see you at some point soon - but you just take your time with the babymoon and the ankle and the general recovery.

XO,

Super Jen

momma rae said...

i love them SO much!!! well done, mama! ;)

kendra said...

oh, those are SO SO cute! nice work, mama! your stitches look perfect to me! heck, i'd buy those booties! congratulations on your new little!

Heather@June Vintage said...

I used this tutorial to make all my recycled wool sweater longies:
http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=227639

And I make all my friends baby booties from this pattern:
http://madquilter.blogspot.com/2009/09/gotta-love-free-pattern-kimono-shoes.html

And good ole' Martha has this cute felt shoe tutorial:
http://www.marthastewart.com/good-things/felt-baby-shoes {which I have not tried!}

Congrats and welcome aboard, Naia!

sarah in the woods said...

I love these. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern link.

Dawn said...

Those are adorable. Great job Mama. I am sure they look too sweet on those tiny feet.

Plain and Joyful Living said...

So, so sweet and congratulations on your new beauty! So perfect!

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