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Felt Baby Shoes

There's no better way to cover a baby's precious toes than with a pair of soft, snug hand-sewn booties.

Introduction

They may seem daunting, but these slippers are easy to make with these templates. Add subtle detailing here and there with punched holes, trim, or snap closures.

Materials

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Use our templates. Pin templates to wool felt; cut out. To make the heel seam, which shapes the top part of the slipper, fold the upper piece in half, and stitch along the straight edge.

  2. Step 2

    Pin the top of shoe to the sole. Sew the pieces together. Turn inside out, hiding the seams. Glue rickrack on the outside or inside rim of the instep, or hole punch a pattern. Sew a button or snap on one strap; make a button slit or sew on the other piece of the snap on the opposite strap. Attach a tiny ribbon bow to the top of each shoe, if desired.

Source
Martha Stewart Baby, Special Issue 2000

Reviews (56)

  • 16 Mar, 2014

    Please fix the link so I may download the PDF. Can't wait to try these darling little shoes for my sweet granddaughter.

  • 20 Feb, 2014

    I can´t download the pdf pattern. It shows error in the administration page. Thanks

  • 5 Feb, 2014

    I am definitely going to try this for my sister-in-law who is expecting. I was able to get the link to the PDF to work by modifying the front away from "admin." Here's the link that worked for me: http://www.marthastewart.com/sites/files/marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/pdf2/feltbabyshoes.pdf

    There's not much to it...I thought the template might be a bit more comprehensive. Typical Martha...making massive assumptions regarding my ability to just "figure it out." Good luck, all!

  • 4 Jan, 2014

    Hi! I have a problem to download the pattern. Always got an error page... can you help me please?

  • 30 Aug, 2013

    http://www.marthastewart.com/sites/files/marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/pdf2/feltbabyshoes.pdf
    Corrected URL for the template

  • 24 Aug, 2013

    When I click to download I can't open the template, the link was http://admin.web.marthastewart.com/sites/files/marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/pdf2/feltbabyshoes.pdf
    I changed it to http://www.marthastewart.com/sites/files/marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/pdf2/feltbabyshoes.pdf and it works! Enjoy it! =)

  • 9 Aug, 2013

    I cant open pattern, it saids this link is unavailable. please fix

  • 4 Aug, 2013

    Very easy to make and cuter than any shoe i have seen at the stores!
    Loved making them for my grand babies to come!
    Thanks!

  • 3 Aug, 2013

    I can't seen to download this...... please fix!!!! I want it

  • 17 Jun, 2013

    I love these little slippers and have several friends I'd like to make them for. Unfortunately, I cannot locate/download the pdf template for them. Can anyone help me? I hope so. Thanks.

  • 16 May, 2013

    This is a creative handmade gift idea and I am sure friends/relatives would love to receive a DIY unique pair of shoes for their newborn. Not only that, parents can also then add details to complement their creativity and wish to impart to their children. Perhaps if we were to blow up the size of the template picture, maybe we will then be able to create matching extra large shoes for ourselves to match our childrens' shoes.

  • 17 Dec, 2012

    Here are some other adorable baby booties too! www.etsy.com/shop/RuffleCrochet

  • 18 Oct, 2012

    Hi, ok in regards on how-to make these adorable little booties....what I did was printed out the template for the other felt baby booties on marthastewart.com and used only the sole template, I then cut out the template given for the ones we are doing now to get an idea of what to do, you will see as you lay it out how this works. I mimiked the first patterns upper template to match the sole and voila it is quite fun to see it come together so easy! ")

  • 16 Sep, 2012

    Love these shoes and want to make them for my little girl. Can anyone tell me how to enlarge the pattern without making the shoe wider?

  • 24 Sep, 2011

    Cute as can be! No idea how to make them from that template!

  • 21 Jul, 2011

    absolutely awesome!!!!!

  • 1 Mar, 2011

    Nice shoes, not sure how hard to make them. There are a lot of awesome wool felt shoes on etsy as well, like this shop redmush.etsy.com

  • 3 Feb, 2011

    How do you enlarge the template?

  • 16 Nov, 2010

    Ugh, my comment keeps getting cut off, but look up "baby booties" and you can find the templates and how-to. http://www.marthastewart.com/article/baby-booties?backto=true

  • 16 Nov, 2010

    Mazaya: I was looking for those too! Heres the how-to

  • 16 Nov, 2010

    Mazaya: I was looking for those too! Heres the how-to

  • 14 Nov, 2010

    I was looking for the instructions on how to do the felt baby shoes found with his link: http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/sewing-projects-for-kids#slide_17 But I ended up on this page which obviously has the instructions for a different type of baby shoes. Can someone redirect me to the right page? Thank you!

  • 18 Sep, 2009

    these are so easy to make! I used this pattern to make some shoes for a doll i made and im about to make some out of wool felt for my friends baby. to too cute.

  • 22 May, 2009

    These are really cute! I saw some cute baby shoes at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6875487 as well, really like her stuff!

  • 30 Apr, 2009

    If you click on the print button the instructions and template show up on there :-)

  • 30 Apr, 2009

    I also know the tutorial was here, I looked at it about a month ago and didn't get to making them. If anyone has the instructions please let me know.

  • 30 Apr, 2009

    So where are the instructions??????? Templates??????

  • 29 Apr, 2009

    I would really love to make these....instructions anyone? PLEASE! They are too cute to pass by!

  • 27 Apr, 2009

    hello i realy loved this idea i wolud realy want to make them so i will apreciate some one post the how to please

  • 27 Apr, 2009

    Hello: Does anybody monitor these comments? Would love to make these shoes, but no instructions, templates

  • 26 Apr, 2009

    The instructions have misteriously vanished. They were there before! Please post them because I would love to make these for my sisters baby. Thanks.

  • 25 Apr, 2009

    I can't find the instructions or template for this?

  • 13 Mar, 2009

    If you look at the template "UPPER" you can follow the center lines or middle lines, that is where youwill cut along those lines only and it creates its own straps!

  • 26 Feb, 2009

    HELP!! I don't get how this works!!?? Where do the straps
    come from??
    Thks.... p. sullivan

  • 20 Nov, 2008

    use gripper material used for childrens pj's. It is available by the yard at JoAnn Fabric.

  • 21 Jul, 2008

    These are great for the little ones. I make them to match their outfits . I use fusable web and fuse fabric, to match the outfit, to felt (a color to match the fabric and ric-rac). Then cut out and construct the slipper as instructed.
    For "Doll Slippers"-- Make a smaller size pattern (with computer) . Follow the instructions for the regular size slipper.

  • 28 Jun, 2008

    I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE FELT BOOTIES - BUT WHAT TEMPLATE IT DOSN'T SHOW ONE - WHERE DO I FIND IT ?

  • 23 Jun, 2008

    Oh, and when cutting, on the pattern it says to enlarge it 1/4 inch--that means measure the length of the baby's feet and add 1/4" to that. That is for the seam allowance and room for toe-wiggling.

  • 23 Jun, 2008

    Eternity: the only sewing in this is attaching the bottom to the top. You pin the right sides together (so showing will be the insides of the shoes). Pin it together and just start sewing together with a back stitch. The two pieces should already be shaped to fit together because of the pattern. When you're done with sewing, just turn it inside out and decorate however you like to. I hope that helps at all.

  • 19 Jun, 2008

    For "those-of-us",(such as, Myself) who aren't the "world's greatest" at sewing, could you,PLEASE make these directions clearer?! ...love my grandchild, but WHOA if I make these for her, based on the above directions, along with~"my skills"(or lack-there-of), not only will She be crying, but her Mom, as well Help!!

  • 19 Jun, 2008

    These are just too cute using plush material in pastel colors, also.

  • 17 Jun, 2008

    I embroidered tiny flowers on the toes. Too cute.

  • 2 Jun, 2008

    The straps come from the u-shaped cutting line and the line that halves that. When you sew up the back of the shoe the straps are more evident.

  • 2 Jun, 2008

    Hello, I love these shoes but the template does not show the straps, or am I missing something.
    myboyrogie

  • 26 May, 2008

    to use softer material, iron on stiffning and overlock the sides.
    also use non slip placemats for the soles.

  • 29 Apr, 2008

    I wonder could you alter the proportions of the pattern to make bedroom slippers?

  • 21 Apr, 2008

    This is a terrific pattern for babies and and also baby dolls. I found them easy to make and since I have new granddaughters who can wear the baby shoes and older granddaughters who love the doll shoes, I know I will be making many more. THANKS for a great project.

  • 12 Apr, 2008

    I made 3 pairs of these shoes. Tiny ones are great, but larger ones need the soles trimmed down as they are too wide.
    Keep these great ideas coming!

  • 10 Apr, 2008

    I tried these and they really are pretty simple. I also made Martha's largest origami nesting box (search for them on this site) to put them in for a baby shower gift! Turned out so darling! Thanks Martha!

  • 25 Feb, 2008

    If desired, after you cut out the felt pieces and the lines in the upper, you could machine stitch, or even hand stitch, the rickrack onto the curved instep instead of glueing it on.

  • 24 Jan, 2008

    cut the straight and curved lines on the upper pattern, then fold two straight pieces together and you will see the top take shape

  • 22 Jan, 2008

    The directions appear to be incomplete, or I am a dummy! Do you cut out the U shaped piece on the upper? What makes the straps?

    patredler

  • 11 Jan, 2008

    You can find high quality wool felt at www.magiccabin.com.

  • 10 Jan, 2008

    Does anyone know where to find such beautiful wool felt like the kind used on these baby shoes?

  • 23 Nov, 2007

    There is no copy ratio or sizes for them for this template.