Is it just me or do baby shows that claim to go from size newborn to 1 are really like 6 or more sizes apart? Even the bigger sizes don’t seem to be accurate across the board and then you’re limited to styles available. I get so tired of wasting money on shoes that are purely fashion over function so I decided it was time to come up with my own toddler boot tutorial. These cute little boots have a soft leather sole, so they’re perfect for little ones that are just learning to walk or new to walking since they can still scrunch up their toes to help with balance. I would also like to add that I’m a very relaxed sewer and I don’t usually pin or iron. =S
These boots will fit the 12-18 month age range and can easily be adapted to make smaller or larger sizes. While sewing up this pair and stopping to take some photos it took around 30 minutes start to finish for these beauties. =)
On to the toddler boot tutorial!
The great thing about these is that you have a lot of options when it comes to fabric choices. For this pair, I used a Michael Miller cotton print for the outside, a fleece solid for this warm inside, and soft white leather scraps for the sole. You’ll also need 13 inches of elastic and about 5 inches of velcro.
Sew the elastic ends onto the lining main body piece using a 1/4″ seam allowance. It should be placed approximately 2 1/2″ from the bottom.
Then you’ll want to pull the elastic tight with the fabric and use a zig zag stich to sew all the way across.
When you release the fabric it will gather.
Separate the hook and loop velcro pieces, and stitch them onto the outer fabric pieces on the end opposite of where the cut out is. You’ll want it to be 1 inch from the top and 1 inch from the side.
The velcro will go on the lining pieces on the end with the cut out. I know it can look confusing but we will be turning and topstitching and you don’t want to put it on the wrong side like I did the very first time I made these. =S
Line up the longer curve of the shoe top to the cut out in the main body piece. Stitch using 1/4″ allowance.
Repeat this step with the lining fabric.
Right sides together, sew the lining and outer fabric together along sides and top, NOT THE BOTTOMS!
Turn right side out and top stitch 1/8″ around top and sides.
I missed a photo somewhere, I hope I can describe this step well. All you have to do is line up the velcros, this will cause the ends to overlap. Sew in place from 1″ below velro to bottom. Make sure to catch elastic ends at this time as well.
Here’s where I definitely had to use some pins. Carefully pin the sole piece along the bottom
Because the leather is soft on the wrong side, we don’t need a lining piece.
Zig zag around the edges
Turn right side out & you’re done!!
Please let me know if there are parts I need to improve or clear up. I’ve never really made a tutorial before so I’m always grateful for positive feedback.