If you're interested in a fun gift for a baby shower that you can make yourself, a pair of fleece baby bootees may be just the thing you're looking for. Not only are bootees a quick and easy project that requires only four pattern pieces per bootee to complete, but they can be customised for a boy or girl or even left gender-neutral. There is no limit to how you can personalise them to make the gift extra special.
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Things you need
- Fleece fabric
- 1/8-inch elastic tape
Find a suitable baby bootee pattern. New Conceptions Sewing and Michael Miller Fabrics both offer free online patterns for a basic slipper-style bootee with an elastic heel. Print the pattern from your computer and cut out the pattern pieces. Try to be as precise as possible with your cutting so that the bootees will fit properly when they're finished.
Fold the fleece in half so that it's double-layered and pin the pattern pieces to it, making sure that the pins go all the way through both layers of fabric. You will have to cut out two soles, two back heel pieces, and four upper pieces. With the fabric double-layered, you will end up with two of each piece at a time and the only piece you will need to cut again is the upper piece. After that has been done, perform all of the following steps twice to make two bootees.
Take one of the heel pieces and fold it lengthwise, then sew a straight line all the way across, 1/4 inch from the folded edge, to create a casing for the elastic tape. Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and carefully thread it through the casing. Once the elastic tape is all the way through, stitch across each end to hold the elastic in place and trim off any excess.
Pin both short ends of one of the heel pieces to the flat end of one of the upper pieces. The heel piece will be folded in a "U" shape with the elastic edge facing inward. You will then pin on a second upper piece so that there are now two upper pieces with the heel piece between them. Stitch straight across, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance, then turn the fabric so that the right sides are facing outward.
Take one of the sole pieces and pin it onto the newly-completed upper portion of the bootee, making sure that the toe and heel sections match up. Stitch all the way around the sole, then turn the bootee right side out to see your finished product.
Tips and warnings
- If you'd like your bootees to have reinforced soles, you can cut out four sole pieces and use two on each bootee to double the thickness of the soles.
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