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Sew Soft Baby Slippers

Submitted by on June 28, 2009 – 11:01 pm20 Comments

Sew Soft Baby Slippers by The DIY  Mommy

By Christina Dennis

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!)
  • 1/8 yard double-sided (“plush”) minkee fabric (or polar fleece)
  • 1 package 1/8″ elastic
  • ribbon or other embellishment


  • 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)
Sew Soft Baby Slippers by The DIY  Mommy
  • Flip slipper right-side-out, pushing out the seams, and your done! Make the 2nd one the same way.

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  • B says:

    im so excited to make some custom shoes for my son! thank you :)

  • the thing that i prefer as baby toys are those soft cute little animals and also toys that enable the baby to learn*~-

  • Annastasia says:

    I love these slippers! Thanks so much for the pattern. I do have a question though. I was making them for a newborn but once finished the opening for the foot was too small. I’ve tried a few other times with the larger size and again the opening was too small. Am I doing something wrong?? Help! Thanks!

    • Christina says:

      Hi Annastasia! Are you attaching the heel to the toe properly? After the heel is folded lengthwise and elastic is threaded through, the short (folded) ends of the heel need to be sewn to the toe. I find that often people don’t attach the proper sides of the heel to the toe (the short sides). Let me know if this helps, if not I can try to add a better diagram to the instructions to make it more clear. ~ Christina

      • Diamond says:

        It has been a long time since this was posted and commented on, but I found you thru Pinterest.

        I was having a similar problem as the previous commenter. My hole was too small when sewn to the toes. I discovered that I had folded the heel fabric in half the wrong direction. This would also explain why 4″ of elastic provided no gather, even when trimmed half an inch.

      • Karen Bomar says:

        “the short (folded) ends of the heel need to be sewn to the toe. I find that often people don’t attach the proper sides of the heel to the toe (the short sides).”

        Christina… I am so confused! I know how it should look but I just can’t grasp what you mean at this part of the instructions! HELP! Do you have a Youtube video of this?

  • Annastasia says:

    Thanks a bunch Christina for your response. I think I’m putting it together correctly, I’m starting on a pair tomorrow once I start that step I’ll post a picture just to be sure. Thanks again!!

  • Erika says:

    Hi ~ I am VERY new to sewing and am having a hard time with attaching the heel to the toe pieces. I’m not sure how to fold the heel into a “U” and attach the toe pieces. Could you explain that a little more for me? Thanks so much! And I’m SO excited to make these for my kids! :)

  • Erika says:

    Nevermind…I figured it out! And they turned out ADORABLE!!! Thank you! :)

    • Karen Bomar says:

      Erika… please tell me how you figured this part out as I can’t seem to.

      • Erika says:

        Hi Karen ~ I hope this helps…I was going to try to attach a picture, but can’t seem to figure out how to do that. Basically, you have your heel piece with the elastic threaded and sewn in, and you’ll take that pin the short edges to the top of one of your toe pieces…one side to one corner, other side in the other corner. So the short edges of your heel piece line up even with the non-curved side of your toe piece. (the “U” shape she mentions in the tutorial was the part I struggled with, but the elastic becomes the inside part of the “U” and the short sides of your heel piece become the tops) Then pin your other toe piece on top of the heel piece so it’s sandwiched in between the toe pieces and sew a straight line across all 3 pieces. Just be careful to just sew the short edges of your heel piece! :) Good luck!

  • Nichole says:

    Hi, I just wanted to be sure I printed the right pattern size – when printed, the pattern fills an 8 x 11 page, correct? It looks a bit big…but I guess when I account for a seam allowance, perhaps this is the right size…?

  • Nichole – Yes, they should fill the whole page! :)
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  • Jeri says:

    What number is your printer set at when printing pattern, when I printed mine it is small.? I know you said it should fill the whole page but what setting is that?

  • GrandMimi says:

    Cute slippers. I’ve sewn everything except the upper portion to the sole. Do I sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance there, also?
    GrandMimi (sewing for our 1st grand-baby)

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