From what I’ve read, soft-soled shoes are the best for young babies (pre-walking age). I wanted some soft-soled shoes for my little daughter, but had a problem finding some that (a) were inexpensive and (b) didn’t fall off of her little feet! This pattern for Soft Baby Slippers is a pattern I’ve drafted and tested on my baby girl. They’re quick to sew, soft for little baby feet, and the elastic around the ankles helps them stay on! In this example, I’ve decorated them with ribbon, but the embellishment options for these are endless – use your own creativity!
1/4 yard printed minkee fabric (or flannel, polar fleece, cotton, pretty much anything would work!)
Cut heel & toe pieces from printed minkee fabric, and sole pieces from double-sided minkee fabric.
Cut two 6″ pieces of ribbon
Cut two 4″ (size 0-6 mo) or 4 1/2″ (size 6-12 mo) pieces of 1/8″ elastic
Fold heel fabric piece in half, wrong sides together. Sew a seam 1/2″ from the folded edge, creating a casing for the elastic
Thread the elastic through the casing, tacking down on 1/4″ from each end with several rows of stitching
Fold the heel piece into a “U” shape with the elastic casing edge on the inside
Place a toe fabric piece on either side of the heel piece, right sides together. Ends of heel piece should be flush with flat end of toe pieces. Pin, then sew a 1/2″ seam (sewing three pieces together)
Turn slipper to the right side, pulling heel piece away from toe pieces
Sew ribbon onto top toe piece if desired, 1/2″ from ankle
Top stitch two toe pieces together, close to ankle
Pin heel piece to the rest of the slipper, right sides together
Sew heel to slipper with a short, wide zigzag stitch, making sure you catch all three layers of fabric (it’s a good idea to sew once with the heel facing you, then flip the slipper over and zigzag over the seam again from the other side)
Flip slipper right-side-out, pushing out the seams, and your done! Make the 2nd one the same way.
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