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Mary Jane Baby Shoes Pattern

It’s National Sewing Month and today I’m partnering up with Joann Fabric and Craft Stores for their #sewyourstyle blogger campaign and contest sponsored by Joann’s and Pellon. Today I have a free Mary Jane Baby Shoes Pattern to share with all of you as part of this series. We are due to have our fourth child, a sweet baby girl, in about 4 weeks from now so I’ve been busy nesting and sewing a few things for the new little miss. I came up with these Mary Jane Baby Shoes and have the pattern available for you for free here in size 6 – 12 month (this is a simple, hand-drawn pattern).

Joann Fabric and Craft Stores wanted us to pick a quilting cotton and use it for a non-quilting project. Well, I’d say that was a piece of cake for this girl since I use quilting cotton on almost every project and it’s usually not for a quilting. I think quilting cotton is so beautiful for clothing, accessories, home decor, baby items and more! I chose this really girly print from Jennifer Paganelli’s new line for Joann’s called ‘Jenny Eliza‘. If you would like to enter the #sewyourstyle contest you can click over to Joann’s to find out all the details.

So let’s move on and get sewing these sweet little baby shoes………

Mary Jane Baby Shoe Pattern

You can print your free pattern by clicking HERE.

Supplies:

1/4 yard exterior fabric

1/4 yard lining fabric

Pellon Fusible Fleece

Lightweight single-sided fusible interfacing (optional)

2 small pieces of velcro

2 small buttons

Basic sewing supplies

Instructions:

ALL SEAM ALLOWANCES ARE 1/4″, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

SEAM ALLOWANCES ARE INCLUDED IN PATTERN PIECES.

Please note, that you can reduce the shoe size for a 3 – 6 month baby size by reducing the shoe sole all the way around and the exterior curve and back straight edge of the main shoe piece by 1/4″. Any additional sizing changes will need to be through trial and error.

Cut out all of your pieces (again, you can get the free pattern HERE). You will need to cut the following:

Exterior Fabric:

2 shoe soles

2 main shoe pieces

2 shoe straps

Lining Fabric:

2 shoe soles

2 main shoe pieces

Fusible Fleece:

2 shoe soles

2 main shoe pieces

Single-Sided Fusible Interfacing (optional / not shown):

2 shoe soles

2 main shoe pieces

Apply the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the exterior pattern pieces (except the shoe straps). Follow the package instructions. Also, if you would like to add some additional body to the lining pieces, add your single-sided fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the lining pieces at this time.

Make the strap for both the shoes. Fold the rectangle pattern piece in half, lengthwise, with right sides together. Sew one short end and down the long side.

Clip the corners, turn right side out and press. You can use a chopstick or a tube turner to make quicker work of turning the little straps.

Sew the velcro to the straps and the main shoe pieces according to pattern markings. Sew all the way around the rectangle velcro piece. Pay careful attention to sew them on opposite sides since you will want the shoes to open and close in the opposite direction. Refer to the image above. Sew the straps to the main shoe piece with the velcro side up. Place the strap directly across from the velcro marking on the pattern piece. Line up the raw edge of the interior curve of the main shoe piece and the raw edge of the strap.

Sew the back of the main shoe piece for the exterior and the lining: Fold the main shoe piece in half, right sides together, lining up the back short, straight edge. Sew along the short edge for all four pieces (2 exterior and 2 lining).

Pin the shoe sole to the main shoe piece, right sides together, lining up the front and back of the sole and main pieces according to pattern markings. Sew all the way around the shoe sole. Do this for all four sets of pieces (2 exterior and 2 lining).

Here is what it will look like after you have attached the shoe sole to the main shoe piece. Cut down the seam allowance using pinking shears, if you have them, or notching the curves to remove bulk so that your shoe will lay nice and flat when you turn it right side out.

Place the shoe lining inside the shoe exterior with the right sides together lining up the top raw edges. Sew all the way around the top of the shoe, leaving a 1″ opening for turning along one of the straighter edges. Clip the curves, turn right side out and press. You will then be tucking the lining back into the exterior of the shoe. Press really well so that the inner curve of the shoe looks nice and professional. Do this for both shoes.

Close the 1″ opening by hand sewing it closed. Use small stitches so that you don’t see the stitching.

Hand sew your little button in place on top of the velcro on the strap. Make sure to secure it very well. If buttons make you nervous on baby items, then simply leave it off.

And there you have it……..a sweet pair of baby shoes, perfect for a sweet little baby!

Happy Sewing!

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