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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

{baby bloom slippers}

My friend Martha made the MOST adorable shoes for her baby girl, and when I saw them, I was smitten. She sent me the link for the tutorial and I couldn't wait to try them. The facts that my babies just turned two, and that they are boys?  Minor details.

They literally took less than 20 minutes to make, and I LOVE that they are made from an old tee shirt. One of the cutest ways to recycle that I've ever seen! Using the collar pieces that are already hemmed means very little sewing (just a few hand stitches), and that makes me very happy.  :) Did I mention they were easy?  SO easy!

Now don't judge the way the slippers fit the baby in my pictures.  You would really want to measure the baby you were making these for first, or measure a baby of similar size. I don't have a small baby, so I just guessed, and they ended up being way too big.  

(Or it could *possibly* have something to do with the fact that I tried them on my two year old to see what they looked like, because I was too impatient to wait and he could have stretched them out. Possibly. )

Okay, here's how I did it:

  • an old tee shirt (I used my little girl's tee, and the collar was perfect for the straps)
  • small piece of coordinating felt
  • needle & thread
  • hot glue

(photo disclaimer:  most of these pictures were taken late at night, and so are not the greatest of quality)

1.  Cut the collar or other hemmed area of the tee shirt to use as straps for the shoes.  I cut mine to about 3 inch length, and they ended up being too big for a 6 week old baby. I would measure the baby first if possible, or if it's for a gift, at least you'll know the age of the baby for an educated guess.  

2.  Cut out a felt circle about 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches.  I followed the instructions on the original post, and I found the circle to be too big (3 inches)--it showed too much even after I glued the flowers on. 

3.  Sew your straps on to one side of the felt.

4.  Make a pattern for your flower--about 2.5-3 inches, or however big you would like it to be. Cut strips of fabric from the tee shirt, and fold it in layers, so you can cut more than one flower at a time. Pin your template on and start cutting!  You'll need 9 flowers per shoe--18 total.

4.  Once your flowers are cut out, follow the following steps: fold in half, fold in half again, then snip the end.  Use your hot glue gun to adhere them to the felt.

Repeat these steps 3 more times for the bottom layer, then 4 more for the top layer. When you put the top layer on, place the next pieces on so that they overlap half of 2 flowers, instead of right over the top.

The last flower goes right in the middle!

Ta-da!  You have the most adorable little slippers ever!



Blogger The Calm of His Presence said...

I love this idea! My first niece was born yesterday. I'm not a crafty person but this looks like something I could do. Can't wait to try it!


August 17, 2011 at 6:28 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

So very cute Love them.

August 17, 2011 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger Swimmingmom said...

Very cute!

August 17, 2011 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Cuties with curls said...

OMG!!! that has to be the cutess freakin thing i have ever seen...

August 17, 2011 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

I recently saw a friend's baby wearing these and fell in LOVE with them!! Thanks for sharing such an easy tutorial on how to make them! I cant wait to make them for my friend's baby girl who will be here next month :)

August 17, 2011 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Kara @ Nest Candy said...

These are so adorable! I can't get over it. I almost want to make some for myself! Would that be too much? :)

August 18, 2011 at 5:27 PM  

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