I am reposting my Baby Booties I shared over with Delia.
Later today, I hope to add a couple of booties in the heArt shoppe that will be available for purchase.
Happy Monday to you!
Hello Nesting friends! I’m Amy C from from this heArt of mine, a blog about good food, a creative home and loving my family.
I am excited to be a part of Delia’s nesting series. The projects so far have been so neat, don’t you think? I’m excited for more to come.
Today, I’m sharing
This project came from necessity to keep the cute toes of my 8-month-old son warm during the winter months of Minnesota. Baby socks weren’t cutting it. You see, my son, Sweet J, has cankles. Very cute, very fluffy cankles. (For those who aren’t familiar, cankles is the term given when calves seamlessly blend into the foot, without a noticeable taper for the ankle.) Cankles and baby socks make for a frustrating pair. The socks did not stay up and they did not not stay on which led to a few lost socks.
After lots of trial and error, I came up with a pattern that worked. These booties are easy to put on, they stay on his feet and cankles and, most importantly, they keep his toes warm.
The pattern is fairly simple so excuse my over-explaining. I’m not what you would call a natural seamstress like most of the rest of these ladies. I love doing it but I really have to think. :)
Are you interested in making some yourself?
Then you’re in luck, there’s a link at the end of the post for a free download of my pattern.
- Fabric – One fabric or two coordinating fabrics. A quarter of a yard is plenty for most sizes.
Couple of things about fabric:
Fleece is the easiest to work with (and warmest) because it doesn’t need to be hemmed however, if you are willing to add bias tape, any woven fabric will work too, like the corduroy ones above.
Take care to note the word “stretch” and coordinating arrows on the pattern piece and place on your fabric accordingly.
- Elastic – I used 3/8 inch elastic in my son’s booties and 1/2 inch elastic for the smaller ones. Fit to your baby.
To begin, cut out the pattern pieces. Because there is an inner and outer fabric, I found it easiest to fold the fleece which enabled me to cut out two pieces at once. Excuse the prototype pattern pieces.
I did this for both colors.
Connect the dots and sew the elastic channel lines on both the FRONT and BACK pattern parts. There are two channels on each.
This is what the top section of the FRONT piece looks like sewn. Notice the bottom half-circle is not sewn.
Here is a picture of the BACK piece with the elastic channels and top part sewn.
Match up the “1″ notch on the BACK piece and the “1″ notch on the SOLE piece and secure with a pin.
Once the notches are matched up, bring either side of the BACK piece to meet the SOLE piece and secure with pins. Sew, again, using the presser foot as the inseam guide. Trim just the BACK piece, cutting it close and evenly around the stitching.
The FRONT piece will overlap the BACK piece.
Sew together the elastic to fit your babe’s leg/ankle/cankle circumference. You will want the bottom elastic to be the tighter of the two to ensure the bootie stays in place. If it’s not right the first time, resew.
The pattern can be enlarged or reduced to fit any cute little feet.
Thanks for having me Delia! I look forward to seeing your new family member soon!