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

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.


What you need


How to do it

Part 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.

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.

    Comments (1)

    How difficult was this project?
    Martha Stewart Member
    February 28, 2021
    Difficulty: Kind of Hard
    I used a stiff velour fabric with an iron on interfacing which helped. It was hard to sew the sole to the shoe upper. The first try the shoe was way too small! I would suggest cutting the sole 1/2" bigger than foot tracing. Also cut upper 3/8" longer than pattern. There is no way the strap could ever be long enough to use a button/ button [filtered] closure as dolls have fat ankles apparently. I hot glued a small piece of elastic between straps and tacked on a small ribbon bow. Turned out very cute!