Learn how to make upcycled baby shoes with a free sewing pattern. This is a great way to reuse and recycle denim to make sustainable fabric shoes!
I love making baby shoes. They're quick and cute, and my babies poke holes in them so quickly. My favorite baby shoes are the recycled baby shoes with this free baby shoe pattern, and the best part is they come in THREE different sizes!
I've made so many for my own babies, and I still make them as baby gifts! I love using denim because it is soft and durable. It protects baby's little toes from scratches. Sometimes I even use leather for the soles, for something extra.
Upcycling makes these shoes quick to sew since you can reuse the hems of the pants as cases. That makes a sewing project in half an hour or less! Use the strongest fabric you can find or even use vinyl or leather for the bottom piece.
What is upcycling?
Upcycling involves reusing a material to create something better than the original. I generally use this to describe when I'm sewing adult clothing into children's clothing or when I'm sewing clothing into an accessory or home item.
I love upcycling because it saves time, money, memories and the environment. This saves time since you can reuse the details. This saves money since you are using what you already have. It saves memories because you can make something with a loved one's clothes. It preserves the environment by keeping fabrics out of landfills.
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What is a PDF sewing pattern?
A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on a computer and organized so that it can be printed on several sheets of letter or A4 size paper.
I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets damaged or my kids or I have changed sizes, I can always print it again. It will never be destroyed since I have a digital version!
How to use a PDF sewing pattern?
Open the PDF on a computer and click Print. When printing, make sure the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the design prints at the correct size.
Once the design is printed, it can be glued together to achieve its actual size. Then the pattern can be cut out for each size piece of the pattern or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again. Learn how to use PDF sewing patterns.
Upcycled baby shoes: FREE pattern
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Cut out pieces along the hem. Transfer the markings to the fabric.
Cut two slits for the elastic on the hem of the top piece.
Secure the cut ends of the hem seam to keep it from coming undone.
Pin the top piece to the bottom piece, aligning the notches. Then pin the back piece to the bottom piece over the top, aligning the notches.
Sew with a 1/8″ all the way around the shoe. I sewed with a straight stitch then a zigzag stitch. Turn right.
Cut a 6-inch piece of elastic.
Use a safety pin to insert the elastic through the back hem and into the two front slits.
Sew the elastic together, overlapping it about 1/2″.
Do the same with the other shoe.
These shoes are suitable for a baby aged 8 to 12 months. My babies are really small, so they are even older before they fit into these shoes!
Get the free sewing pattern here!
If you make anything using this sewing project, I'd love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and identify me!