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Posted on August 23, 2010 at 3:29 PM



This was an extremely last minute project that
I had to take once the words: 
."Oh... I know, I'll make her baby booties..."
.came out of my mouth upon being invited to a baby shower.  All I was told by the host of the party is that the baby was going to be a boy and that the room was decorated in Dallas Cowboys theme with colors: Dark blue, silver/gray and white.
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Which I'm picturing something a little like this:
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So, with it being three days from then... I got right on it. 
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But of course, I had to grab the cam and take some
pix so you could soooo make it as well!

Here goes...



What you'll need:

2 sheets of felt (2 colors)
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Needle & Thread
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2 Shank Buttons
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2 Buttons (or any embellishment)
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Scissors
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Glue Gun
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RIbbon
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Thin Hair Rubber Band
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Clear Gloss Spray {optional}
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Bootie template. 

Here are the best ones
 1) template from Crafttutorials.net
2) Two templates from Martha Stewart Here and Here
3) This template is from Heather Bailey.
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Here's how you can soooo make it:
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Step One:
Grab the template listed above and trace 2 times onto
2 different colors of felt.
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Step Two:
Starting with the outside first blue and grey "W" pieces, use a blanket stitch. {see below} to sew the two "W"'s and the sole together.

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Step Three:
Then continue all around till you wind up where you started and remain stitching into the inside of the "W"  stitching just the two pieces together.
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Step Four & Five:
Using a satin stitch to close off the ends behind the heal.  {see below}
Then take the "flap" that you end up with in the middle of the "W" and sew the end to the tip of the shoe.  {you can see a better view of this on pic#6}
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Step Six:
On the outside of the shoe about 1/3" to 1/2" from front, sew a shank button. {see shank buttons below}
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I chose this type of button because it's a very easily latched button.  If you use a regular button, it's ok but when putting on the baby's foot, it may not be easy and/or may not stay latched.
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Step Seven:
On the opposite side, in the same position as the button, take a thin hair rubber band and without cutting it, tie in a knot at one end. {see below}
Then sew it below the knot onto the inside of the shoe.
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At this point I was a little frustrated at how it looked when you looked inside the shoe.  I didn't like the knot just sticking out like that.  Not that a baby would complain, I just thought I would be a little uncomfortable had I not done this... not to mention, an eyesore.  
So I made little discs of felt and blanket stitched the perimeter and
hot glued them over that area. 
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Step Eight:
Ok, so this was my favorite part.  This is what made the booties.  Don't forget she is a Dallas Cowboys fan.  If I didn't add this detail, it would be just a pair of booties.  At Joann's I found this set of 2 blue star buttons for $1.50.  The stars alone were not enough.  So I took a metallic marker and colored the edges of each.  The metallic finish made them really stand out from the top of the shoe.  When I finished, I let them dry and sprayed a clear gloss spray to coat them. 
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Instead of sewing them to the shoe, I decided to just hot glue them.  It saved a LOT of time.  and looked just as nice.

Step Nine:
I took about 2" of a dark blue ribbon about 1/2" wide and looped it and glued it to the inside of the shoe.  This would allow the booties to be hung later when they no longer fit the baby. 
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Step Ten:
I took the same ribbon about 2 feet long and looped it through the loops I just made and tied a bow at the top.  {see below}
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Project Total: Under $5.00
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I have to say, I'm very proud of myself that once I said I was going to make baby booties, I didn't talk myself out of it. 
And now I'm glad I can share the tutorial with you.
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So let me know what you think and don't forget to send pix!!

Categories: for baby, gifts, felt

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3 Comments

Reply Kim
7:36 PM on August 31, 2010 
those are adorable! i wish i knew someone that was pregnant. :)
Reply Norline
11:33 PM on September 3, 2010 
The baby booties were really beautiful!! I was a tad bit jealous becuz I thot my baby would be the first to receive a habdmade gift... but I guess she would be ok wit sloppy seconds! Lol. Hint hint.. notice I said she! (speaking it into existence). Anywho.. get ready to make some dora the explorer booties! Awesome work again!
Reply Pam
11:50 PM on September 3, 2010 
Thanks Norline,

The pleasure was all mine. {& don't worry... every gift I make is 'one of a kind'}












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