My granddaughter has spent her whole life barefooted. And now, just as she is learning to walk, winter weather has arrived. How is a beginning walker going to gain confidence in her stride if the ground is cold, wet, and slippery? This situation has been weighting on my mind so I decided to do something about it. Hence the quest to make baby boots. I have some yardage of fake suede lined in fleece. It looks really warm. Perhaps it can be fashioned into footwear?
I found the following pattern on Stitches and Sunflowers and began to answer this question. The maker professes that these really will stay on the baby’s feet.
After downloading the pattern pieces, I cut them out of the fake suede.
Begin by sewing the heel piece to the sole. I changed my machine needle to a larger number to deal with the thick fabric before sewing.
After attaching the heels, a piece of elastic is sewn at the upper edges. I then turned the top edge over to conceal the elastic.
Next comes the toe piece. I again sheared back the fleece from the seam allowances on both pieces before stitching.
After turning right side out I have a pair of cute suede boots.
All that remains to be done is to sew in some fasteners. I’m thinking of going with Velcro, since it can be adjusted for fat or thin baby ankles.