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Project

Baby Booties and Play Block

Materials

  • Yarn
  • 4-inch loom

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Weave two 4-inch squares. Fold one in half to form a rectangle.

  2. Step 2

    With the same yarn, stitch one short side to create heel. Stitch up nearly half of length to form an opening.

  3. Step 3

    Make a running stitch around front opening, then pull to cinch closed; stitch over several times to secure before ending in a knot.

  4. Step 4

    With a different yarn, sew a running stitch around top opening, just under scalloped edge; tie ends in a bow. Repeat with second square.

  5. Step 5

    When making items for a baby, use soft materials that will be gentle on sensitive skin; we used cashmere and baby-alpaca yarns. Weave six swatches from a 4-inch loom, and sew together in a "T" form.

  6. Step 6

    Place a 4-inch foam block on center square, and continue stitching swatches together, enclosing foam.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, February 2006

Reviews (13)

  • Marcy888 12 May, 2013

    I got some woven baby booties in a baby gift hamper my mum gave me. I want some for myself now they look so warm!

  • Houseblessings 24 Dec, 2010

    Baby Bobbie was born on December 16th. The loom works great! She'll get these for Christmas.

  • Houseblessings 10 Dec, 2010

    I found this link to instructions for a homemade loom. I picked up some incredibly soft bamboo yarn today and can't wait to make these. First grandbaby girl is due on New Year's Eve!
    http://www.craftstylish.com/item/2546/how-to-weave-on-a-cardboard-loom/p...

  • Houseblessings 10 Dec, 2010

    I found this link to instructions for a homemade loom. I picked up some incredibly soft bamboo yarn today and can't wait to make these. First grandbaby girl is due on New Year's Eve!
    http://www.craftstylish.com/item/2546/how-to-weave-on-a-cardboard-loom/p...

  • DazzledDiva 15 Jul, 2010

    Oh I just love making these booties. Last year I made a pair big enough for my 5 year old and my husband. They loved getting them for Christmas. I"m making a pair now for a baby shower gift and now I have added a twist to the blocks. I now crochet ribbon on them or make patterns. Martha always brings out the best of me.

  • marketwoman 27 Feb, 2010

    I think I'll just crochet 4" squares. Can't wait to buy some lovely yarn and get started.

  • kmeyersvt 29 Apr, 2009

    I sew baby blocks and I put a bells or rice into film canisters (yes, I do have a few left in my house) and then put the film canister in the middle when I'm stuffing it. It makes a great noise when the babies shake them. The film canister is too big to choke on should they rip the block open.

  • faith929luv 6 Sep, 2008

    Bamboo yarn is available. It's anti-microbial. Soy yarn is also available. Both biodegradable.

  • faith929luv 6 Sep, 2008

    I think the potholder looms would work. I'm going to try to make a crochet ball also using circle forms.

  • ceejay30 17 Aug, 2008

    How about the looms that you make potholder on....

  • happyhomemakerof10 6 Mar, 2008

    You don't have to weave these. Just crochet them like my daughter did.

  • wolfwoods 12 Dec, 2007

    Go to an art store and buy four 4" canvas stretchers. Put them together to form a square. Hammer small finishing nails around the front edge, and make sure you only hammer them in halfway. If you are using wool, put an uneven number of nails on two sides (to anchor the start of teh wool). If you are using nylons cut into circular strips, put an even number of nails.

  • kayingrambartberger 15 Nov, 2007

    Touble is, where do I purchase a 4 inch weaving loom?