How to Make Miniature Shoes

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How to Make Miniature Shoes
Sandals, closed shoes or flip-flops like these can be made in miniature for a doll or to display using easy-to-find materials. (doll sized beachwear sandals on off white background image by Steve Mann from

Making miniature shoes allows the doll crafter to fashion the perfect accessory to match a special outfit, or make use of a particular material. Fashion a variety of miniature shoes for dollhouse dolls in 1/2-inch scale and 1-inch scale, for Barbie-size dolls, or for larger baby dolls and toddler dolls. Individual shoes can also be made using similar techniques to full-scale shoe crafting. Miniature shoes are collectibles to display on their own or in a miniature cabinet, dollhouse or room.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Thin foam, cork or leather
  • Printed pattern
  • Cotton or other fabric
  • Tacky, super or flexible glue
  • Polymer clay
  • Beads or glitter

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  1. 1

    Trace a pattern around the doll's foot with a pencil onto a cardboard base. Cut out the pattern and trace the shape onto thin foam, cork or leather for the shoe's sole. Use a printed pattern instead, if desired, and reduce to the correct size.

  2. 2

    Trace a second pattern on the desired material for the inner sole. Cut the inner pattern smaller than the bottom, allowing part of the edge to show. Cover the cardboard inner sole with cloth to match or coordinate with the rest of the shoe.

  3. 3

    Cut a small strip of cotton or other fabric, leather or foam for slides or sandals. Glue a strip onto the top of the bottom sole and under one side of inner sole with tacky, super or flexible glue. Measure the strip across the doll's foot to get the right size. The strip should fit snug enough when glued so the shoe won't fall off. Repeat the step for the other side of the fabric or leather strip. For an alternate style, use polymer clay instead of cloth or leather to make individual shoe parts; attach and bake according to package directions.

  4. 4

    Draw a foot shape on thin leather or cloth, slightly larger than sole, for closed shoes. Fold the material in half and slit the back. Cut out the centre to form a U-shape; check fit against the sole.

    Attach the inner sole to the top of bottom sole with glue. Cut small slits along the sides of the top piece to form tabs. Fold the tabs under and glue to the top of the sole, working from side to front and around the other side until all the shoe tabs are glued.

  5. 5

    Let the glued tabs dry. Fit the shoe to the doll's foot; fold the back edges and glue one back piece over the other, or trim and glue where they meet at the seam. Decorate the top of the shoe with beads or glitter.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't use too much glue--it can seep out and stain cloth or leather.

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