Sewing Handmade Shoes


Mickey Mouse Shoes

I made shoes!  The pair of Mickey Mouse shoes above was my first “test” pair, just to see if I really could do it and if the fit would need adjusting.  I’m pleased with them and wear them around the house constantly.  Since they have a simple fabric sole, I think of them more like slippers.

But when you love to sew, it’s rarely enough to make something just once, without throwing in your own little changes. If you think about it, there’s really a lot you can do with that little area of fabric that becomes a shoe upper.  I decided to try a mismatched pair, using the quilt-as-you-go method with fabric strips.

Quilted Shoe Construction

Quilted Shoes Uppers

If you’d like to try it, you can buy a great How to Make Shoes PDF pattern from Shoeology.  Shoeology also sells a very nice waterproof soling material with a nice grip, if you’d like to wear your shoes out into the world.  There are instructions for making insoles included in the detailed pattern, but since I’ll likely end up with several pairs of homemade shoes I thought I’d try an insole I could easily switch out, something with a little more arch support.  So far, these are very comfy and they only cost about $6.

Handmade Quilted Shoes Inserts

And the finished shoes:

Handmade Quilted Shoes

Handmade Quilted Shoes Right

Handmade Quilted Shoes Left

Forrest Gump knew, “Momma always says there’s an awful lot you could tell about a person by their shoes.

I may have ended up with shoes only a quilter could love, but since I am a quilter, I’m OK with that.  :)


Friendship Cuff Bracelet


Friendship Cuff Bracelet

This friendship cuff bracelet takes me right back to the 80s, but I still love it today!  I made this based on the tutorial at Sew 4 Home, using the recommended flat braid woven ribbons from Simplicity.  The belting used as the base of the bracelet can be purchased here.

They look like the knotted friendship bracelets we made back in high school, but without the time investment.  The entire bracelet probably took about 15 or 20 minutes to make.

I love how the ends fray!  They look even more authentic with the ends undone like fluffy little tassels.

Hogwarts Hoodies


Hogwarts Hoodies

When asked what back to school clothes they needed, my daughters both said they had to have Slytherin jackets.  I looked online and found a few I just wasn’t crazy about, and I liked their prices even less.

I kept searching and found Hogwarts patches at the Universal Orlando store, home of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Aha!  I realized I could buy patches, iron them onto new hoodies and it would be so much cheaper, I could make three jackets for about half the price of two.  (That means I could have a Hufflepuff jacket, too!  I’m convinced Hufflepuff is the house where all the crafters go.)  Here’s the Slytherin patch and the Hufflepuff patch, and it really was as easy as just ironing them on.  We choose black hoodies for Slytherin and gray for Hufflepuff.  We may add stripes along a sleeve later, probably with fabric paint.

Hogwarts Jackets = Happy Kids
Money Saved = Happy Mom

Pocket Scarves

Pocket Scarves

Polar fleece scarves are warm and bright, and you can have a stack of them made up in no time for last minute Christmas gifts!  Polar fleece doesn’t fray, so you won’t have any hemming to worry about.  I estimated the length after wrapping a little around my own neck, and cut widths from six inches for the oldest child down to four inches wide for the littlest toddler.  Cut squares for the pockets an inch less than the width of the scarf, then sew them on about an inch from the bottom of the scarf.

For a completely no-sew version, just cut lengths of polar fleece, then fringe the ends by cutting strips about a quarter to a half inch wide across either end.

This time of year you can find so many different polar fleece patterns and colors at the fabric store.  Be sure to check the remnants bin because you can often find all you need for your scarves right there!  (I did!)

Happy crafting!

Wrist Cuff

Wrist Cuff

I made this wrist cuff this weekend from some leftover scraps of fabric, ribbons and buttons.  I’d had the idea for a cuff floating around in my head for a while and wanted to see what it might look like in real life.

I think I like it.  It’s soft, warm and textural.  Each cuff can be as simple or elaborate as I care to make it.   I can take it off and let my takeout coffee wear it as a funky, insulated cozy.

With fall and winter ahead, I might want stacks of these.