10.10.2011

Baby Boots Pattern and Tutorial

I was going through some of my pictures and found this pattern and tutorial I had prepared but never posted. Last winter I saw a little girl wearing these Robeez bunny boots at church and just fell in love. They are so cute! I luckily had a niece that was due in the Spring so I decided to try to make them.
This is what I came up with.
It took some figuring out and a couple different patterns. Here is one you can print off for yourself; just make sure the heighth of the back is 4.5 inches tall. I'm guessing it fits about a ten month old depending on how big your baby is. This pattern is great because you can make it into an animal or not. You could just make a basic boot.
Supplies:
Pattern
1/8 yard vinyl
1/8 yard fabric- I used pink chenille fabric
1/8 yard lining- I used a tan knit
2 pieces of 6.5 inches of .5 inch elastic
Optional: 1/8 yard fleece, button noses, eyes, ears, tails

All seams are 1/4" inch unless noted.
1. Take the back pieces and sew the 4.5 inch sides together right sides together at 1/4".
2. Take a front and pin the less curved side to the cut out curve on the back. Sew it together at 1/4".
It should look like this. It will be tricky to pin it together. The back piece will have to be stretched/clipped to fit.
When sewn together it should look like this. This is a lining piece.
3. Before sewing in the front pieces to the fabric backs, you're going to sew in the elastic. With the piece inside out, lay the elastic down just above the cut out curve with the ends going into the seam allowance on the back.
4. Sew the elastic into the seam allowance like this.
5. Then sew in the front piece.
6. With right sides together place the lining inside the fabric piece.
7. Pin together the top and sew at 1/4".
8. Turn the boot right side out and topstitch at 1/8" around the top edge.

Optional: add a bunny tail and ears now. I made the tail using half of this technique and made some simple ears. I hand sewed on the tail and machine sewed on the ears.
Opstional: machine sew or embroider the face lines on just the fabric piece. Add a button nose.
9. Line up the bottom lining piece and then the fleece, if using, and pin to the boot. I did not use fleece, but if I did, you would see it and not the lining. Sew all the way around at 1/8" with seam allowances sticking out.
10. Then sew on the vinyl at 1/8". Trim anything that goes outside of the vinyl.
This is what it should look like. (I sewed my ears on last, but it's easier to do it earlier.)
Repeat for the other boot and that's it! A fun shoe for fall/winter.
Wouldn't it be fun to do lots of different animals?
I kind of wish I would have used bigger eyes to be more proportional with the rest of the shoe but oh well.
I love the little tails in the back. To see my niece modeling them go to this post.

3 comments:

  1. Um, love this! What a great idea. And I could make this with some camo for a little guy to have camo boots.
    And I have a niece that could use some of these!

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  2. these are amazing. i love them.

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  3. So cute! They're selling the originals on BabySteals.com today and I like yours better. Especially the price.

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