When I released my Natty Janes Baby Shoe pattern, I got a lot of requests for a boy version. Today’s post is an answer to that. I’m sharing a free pattern and tutorial for a modern leather baby boy boot!
UPDATE OCTOBER 2019: I have updated the FREE pattern by adding a free .svg cut file too!
I actually first shared these shoes in THIS post. I was just playing around with the idea, liked it, and decided to make it into a pattern and tutorial.
It is not a graded pattern, but I’m offering it for free in size 1 or 0-3 months.
Ready to get started?
Materials…………………………………………………………………………………………– Leather – You can buy a hide or reuse an old purse or jacket. Baby shoes are great because they require such small amounts of leather. You may also use pleather or vinyl. It will not look as nice as genuine leather, but still cute. If you are buying vinyl by the yard, 1/8 of a yard should be plenty. – Fleece or felt – this will be used as a lining. Only a scrap is needed, or 1/8 a yard if you are buying yardage. – High quality thread – You don’t need special thread but I highly recommend that you use a nice quality, all purpose thread. – Leather needle – You can get away with a universal needle, but you will experience less frustration and end up with a nicer looking boot if you use a leather needle. – Clover clips or small binder clips (pins do not work with this project) – Sharp heavy duty scissors –disappearing ink fabric marker – optional: leather laces or ribbon, metal eyelet grommets, and an eyelet punch, if you are adding laces.
This pattern is a free pattern for size 0-3 months or size 1 shoes. This shoe best fits a foot that is 3.5″ to 3.75″ from longest toe to heel.
Step 1 – Prepare pattern.
Get the FREE pattern or cut file by click this link below:
This is a zip file. Download it. Double click it to open it. There is a pdf pattern file and a .svg cut file that is compatible with Cricut and Silhouette machines.
PDF pattern: Print and cut out the paper pattern at 100% or actual size. Do not size it to fit the page as it will change the dimensions. Check the 2 inch or 5 cm test square to verify it is the right size.
SVG File: You may use it as a cut file or use the trace feature to have your machine trace it onto your material for you.
Step 2 – Cut out your main leather or faux leather materials.
You need two from each pattern piece cut out as mirror images from the main material.
For the felt lining, cut scraps of felt just larger than the upper shoe pieces. We will trim them to size in a moment. The soles are not lined.
Step 3 – Lay the leather upper pieces on top of the fleece/felt.
You can clip them together but I personally find it easier to just hold them in place by hand.
Step 4 – Switch the needle…
…in your machine to a leather needle.
Step 5 – Sew the leather upper piece…
…to the fleece/felt scrap just on the side that is curviest.
(See above.) Do not sew all the way around. Just sew along the edge that will be the inside/top of the shoe.
Cut away the excess fleece/felt.
Step 7 – Notice top stitching.
See how nice it looks? It is so much easier to get a nice finish if you top stitch the lining on this way.
Step 8 – Using the sole pattern…
…mark the dot on the WRONG side of the sole.
(You can see that this is the same sole pattern from my Natty Janes Baby Shoe pattern :)).
Step 9 – Measure straight across…
…and mark again.
This second dot is where you will start sewing. Flip your sole pattern over and repeat for the other sole piece.
…up with the second dot you marked on your sole pieces.
Step 11 – Clip the upper to the sole…
…all the way around until you get to the first clip.
Remember to clip pieces together right sides facing out or wrong sides together. Be sure that the fleece/felt lining is flush with the leather upper piece as well.
Step 12 – Remove the first and second clips…
…and position the end of the upper piece underneath the the top shoe portion you started clipping with. Lay that top shoe portion back in place on top of the end of the shoe upper and clip both layers in place.
Tips for sewing with leather:
1. Sew SLOWLY! This really helps solve many problems.
2. I like to lengthen my stitch to 4 mm. This provides a nicer look and smoother feed through the sewing machine. You can even go up to 4.5 mm when top stitching the leather to the lining. I don’t like to lengthen my stitch too much at the sole, because the strength of that seam is important and will be tested with the wear of the shoe.
Optional: Add Laces
If the exposed seam allowance bothers you, you can reverse the way you overlap the upper and sew the shoe on right sides together before turning it out. Having tried that, the fit is wider at the top, so you may require the laces option. Sewing it on right sides out, helps the shoe upper hug the foot better in this design.
This post was created for Everyday’s Art Little One series. Go check out more fun baby projects by clicking the graphic below.