Directions for Making Doll Shoes

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Directions for Making Doll Shoes
You can make felt shoes easily for almost any sized doll. (doll in skirt and sweater image by Pix by Marti from

Making doll shoes is a simple project that almost anyone can do. The project is much easier if you have a sewing machine, but even if you do not, it is still possible to make these adorable shoes for any doll. This pattern is very versatile, and can be converted into Mary Jane shoes for girls or tennis shoes for boys or girls. This pattern can even be used to make shoes for babies.

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Things you need

  • Felt
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Buttons or laces
  • Ribbons
  • Rickrack
  • Flat-footed doll
  • Paper
  • Printer
  • Tacky glue

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  1. 1

    Measure the doll's feet. Download a shoe template and shrink or enlarge until the shoe is 1/4 inch longer and wider than the doll's feet. Print the template onto a piece of white paper.

  2. 2

    Cut the template out with scissors. Cut along all lines. The top part of the shoe is meant to make a Mary Jane style shoe, with a strap along the ankle and a scooped front. Pin the template to two pieces of felt.

  3. 3

    Cut the fabric along all lines, and remove the paper. Take the upper portion of the shoe, and fold in half along the straight edge. Pin into place.

  4. 4

    Sew the straight edge of the top piece of fabric. Sew as close to the edge of the fabric as possible. Since the fabric used is felt, there is no need for a large seam allowance. Felt does not fray like other fabrics. This will turn into the heel seam of the shoe and provide stability to the shoe.

  5. 5

    Pin the shoe upper to the sole. Make sure the heel seam is facing out at this point. You will turn the shoe right side out later, and you want all seams to be on the inside of the shoe, including the heel seam.

  6. 6

    Sew the shoe upper to the bottom of the shoe. Use a 1/8 inch or less seam. A regular running stitch is strong enough to hold the pieces of the shoe together.

  7. 7

    Turn the shoe right side out. All seams should now be on the inside of the shoe. If something went wrong, and the seams are not all on the same side, remove the seams and try again.

  8. 8

    Cut a small hole in one side of the straps just big enough to slip a button through. Sew a button to the other strap. You can also cut a few small holes along the opening of the shoe and thread laces through the holes to convert the shoes to tennis shoes.

  9. 9

    Attach other decorations, such as ribbons, beads, rickrack or other items to the shoes if desired. Sew the decorations to the shoes, or use tacky glue.

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