What kind of new mother would I be if I didn’t make a pair of baby booties for my new bundle of joy? Some people take the more traditional route and knit up a pair, I on the other hand having no knitting skills needed to look for another option. I’m more of a glue kind of gal. This week on I Love to Create we are putting our own spin on baby booties.
First up let me start by saying that when you are pregnant you have a pet name for your baby. Some people call it peanut, we called it Little Whip. We didn’t know until February 22nd when baby was born if we were having a boy or a girl so everything I made was gender neutral and if it was personalized Lil’ Whip was the name. Same goes for my customized felt baby booties.
I love easy and quick crafts and I only had to be a felt cobbler for a single afternoon to get these shoes all glued and stitched up!
Aleene's® Fabric Fusion™ Permanent Dry Cleanable Fabric Adhesive
Simplicity Vintage Baby Booties Pattern
Making Memories Grommet Kit
Choose your felt. I opted for a teal shoe, zebra print sole and green monogram. What colors and patterns you choose is totally a matter of preference. Using the Simplicity pattern, pins, marker and scissors cut out your pattern in the felt. I free handed the letters L and W for Lil’ Whip to put on each shoe and cut out.
Using Aleene's Fabric Fusion Permanent Dry Cleanable Fabric Adhesive I adhered my L and W to the toe of each of the booties.
After gluing my letters in place I went back with yellow embroidery thread and added a simple stitch for a pop of contrasting color.
For extra strength in case Lil’ Whip wants to do any marathon running in her new booties I reinforced the seams with Fabric Fusion before embroidering with yellow floss.
Following the pattern instructions the next step was to attach the sole to the bootie with embroidery thread.
Using a kit intended for scrap booking I added 2 grommets to each bootie to thread the shoe laces. Laces are made by braiding 3 strands of embroidery floss.
It will be awhile before Lil’ Whip will actually be able to fit these booties so in the meantime they sit proudly on a shelf in the nursery waiting patiently to be grown into.