Few things are as powerfully “awww”-inducing as baby shoes. When I made a pair for my good friend’s new baby boy a little while ago, she loved them and I immediately embarked on making girl versions. It’s been baby-baby-baby around here and I thought I would be able to whip up a few dozen in a jiffy as potential gifts.
That was my first mistake. Whenever I think I can do something quickly, it always takes about a billion times longer. By the time I finished these two pairs, I never wanted to see another set of baby shoes ever again.
My second mistake was to focus on trying to sew multiples when I really needed just one pair, and as a result, I kept making mistakes because I knew that I should be working on other things (Halloween is in less than 24 hours!).
The grey polka dot ones aren’t too bad and I didn’t make too many mistakes, though it took so much longer than the first pair I made. I used the scraps from K’s flannel pants, and I just can’t get enough of this fabric. But this aqua pair from the same fabric as the top I made for K here — now these were a doozy. The left shoe came together semi-decently, except the flannel tore all over the place. I was also trying to modify the pattern from the same book as before, and I have a feeling that pattern-making is not in the cards for me. So back to the aqua shoes: the right one refused to cooperate.
Attempt number three: I somehow managed to cut a slit into the main shoe fabric, which you can’t see here, but this made me actually put my head in my hands in a pose of utter defeat. Unwilling to accept failure, I went ahead and patched the slit and finished them up, and despite being slightly uneven, they’re still pretty cute. I’m afraid I can’t give either of these to friends as the craftsmanship is just not up to par. At least the suede bottoms of the aqua shoes gave me no issues whatsoever…it’s important to look on the bright side.
p.s. I had re-purposed the tea box as a gift box for the first pair of shoes. I have several of these boxes. The packaging is fab, is it not?