How to Make Maryjane Baby Shoes

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Maryjane baby shoes make an ideal baby gift, a sweet keepsake or a delightful project to make for your own baby. These felt Maryjane shoes rely on simple hand embroidery stitches to produce a beautiful heirloom. With only a few simple changes, you can opt to make these baby shoes out of any fabric you might have on hand and work by machine instead of hand if you prefer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Sheet of paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Soft wool felt
  • Sewing pins
  • Hand sewing needles
  • Small amount of 1/4-inch elastic
  • Coordinating embroidery floss

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    How to Make Maryjane Baby Shoes

  1. 1

    Sketch out a simple baby shoe pattern. If you have a baby, use a tracing of her foot as the basis for your pattern, allowing a minimal amount for growth room, seaming and wearing ease. For a baby under 3 months, a length of approximately 3 1/3 inches finished is about right. Aim for a 4-inch finished shoe for a baby wearing a 9-month size. Baby's feet have minimal definition, so a simple oval can often be quite adequate for your maryjanes. You can shape the foot if you prefer.

  2. 2

    Draft the top of the baby maryjanes. The upper portion of the maryjane shoe should be a J shape, with the outer curve matching up to the toe of the piece you have just drawn. Allow enough length on the tail of the J to wrap around the shoe and overlap by approximately 1/2 inch.

  3. 3

    Cut two of each pattern piece out of wool felt. Acrylic felt may also be used, but will wear poorly and pill. Also, cut a short strip approximately 3/8 inch wide to use as the strap for your baby maryjanes.

  4. 4

    Pin the upper of your felt Maryjane to the sole of the shoe. Pin into place, overlapping the ends of the J at either the inside or outside of the maryjanes as you prefer.

  5. 5

    Blanket stitch the upper to the sole of the shoe. Stitch the overlapping ends together. Attach the 3/8-inch strap to the maryjane, using a small length of elastic to allow for ease of fitting. You can also use a button and loop, but keep choking hazards in mind.

  6. 6

    Blanket stitch around the edge of the shoe upper or apply trims as desired. You can also apply a narrow 1/4-inch ribbon to the strap before or after stitching it to the shoe.

Tips and warnings

  • Embroider a design on the shoe upper before constructing if desired.
  • This is a great use for scrap bits of ribbons and trims.
  • To use fabrics of your choice, cut 1/4 inch wider all around. Stitch to your felt, right sides together and construct per the instructions.

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