Monday, January 14, 2013

Forget-Me-Knot Shoes {Free PDF Pattern}

 It's the first day of Free Pattern Week! Also before you go thinking that I am whipping these all out now, while taking care of a newborn and two other kids, rest assured I made all the patterns for free pattern week several months ago to prepare for this time :)Today's free pattern is for some baby shoes. Because honestly who doesn't love a pair of baby shoes? I love making a bunch when I have a babe to fill them, and they are great to hand out as gifts since when I don't have a baby of my own I always seem to know someone having a baby.
 These are just a sweet and simple mary jane style shoe with a knot in the strap for a cute added detail. While they are fairly easy to make. I will warn you baby shoes are not the best "beginner" project. They are small, curvy and can be a little tricky to sew. That being said, they take almost no material and the pattern is free so go ahead and give them a try :)

Pattern Found HERE for 0-3m, 3-6m & 6-12m

Here is what I used for mine (6-12m)
  • About 1/4 yard of pink polka dot cotton for lining and buckle
  • Scraps of poly wool blend for upper outer
  • Scraps of pleather for soles
  • Two scraps of bias tape to make tags
  • Scraps of wonder under cut from the sole piece

Make sure when you cut out the pieces you are cutting a reverse of each piece so you have a left and right foot.

  1. I started by adding my tags to the sole lining. I like when things are marked size especially if you are giving them as a gift. 
  2. Press the wonder under to the sole lining. Then press the sole lining to the sole outer so they are stuck together. This is optional but it helps when sewing later if they don't slip around on you.
  3. Now with right sides together sew the inside edge of the upper pieces together (follow the black dotted line) *optional I added a little back loop
  4. Then with right sides together you are going to sew the two straight edges together. (the "top of the J and the end of the J") You are sewing the side seam so you want the lining matched with the lining and outer matched with the outer. 
  5. Then turn the lining to the inside. You can top stitch the top edge if you like at this point. 
  6. Now fold the buckle pieces in half length wise and sew the top and side. Turn right side out. 
  7. Tie the buckle piece in a knot. You want the knot towards the end with finished edge. The strap will be much longer than you need. Then pin the finished edge in place on the side without the seam. The knot should be centered over the opening, and then pin the rest of the strap in place so it covers the side seam. Trim away the extra. 
  8. Then with right sides together sew the upper to the sole. The side seam (with strap) should be sewn to the inward curve of the sole, so the buckle is on the outside of each shoe. Be careful NOT to sew the finished side of the buckle into the sole. 
  9. Turn shoes right side out and add a snap (sewn on snap) to the buckle piece and side so the buckle can open and close. 

 Then you have some cute little mary jane style shoes with a cute little knot.
 They are the perfect "girly touch" without being over the top.
If you make some share them in our Flickr group!(link at top of page) We would love to see them!


  1. ADORABLE! So cute. Wish I had a baby to fill those. Sigh.

  2. Thanks for the free pattern. I love baby shoes. The material you chose is gorgeous!

  3. thank you so much for the pattern and great tutorial ^_^

  4. Cute, cute, cuuuuuuuuuute! thanks for the tutorial and free! pattern

  5. Too cute! Shame I don't have a baby to sew for.

  6. So cute! My girlie is needing new shoes!! So excited for a week of freebies!

  7. These are adorable! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  8. Aw man, I may just have to whip some of these up for my little niece to go with the dress I made her! Too cute!

  9. OK I don't sew but you guys seriously make me want to !
    Great job!

    Iris the frenchie

  10. wow you look stunninasdg doll each piece and well put together. Also id love to hear your thoughts on my latest outfit post louboutin shoes

  11. These are lovely! Thank you for sharing with us! I might need to whip a pair of these up for my baby girl. :)

  12. Thank you for the tutorial, I made these earlier today but I didn't understand how to make the strap and snap part, so I used ribbon instead. Everything else was totally easy, so much better than other tutorials I've seen.

  13. I want to make these...... Guess they'd look funny on my nephew???

  14. They are simply divine, thanks for the pattern. I do not have a baby for them yet, but I will hope to have grand kids some day!

  15. I tried these and the little man shoes- great patterns and tutorials. Thank you so much. I am off to a baby shower for twins with truly special gifts thanks to you!

  16. Can someone clarify step 4 for me? I'm having trouble seeing what's going on in that picture and the instructions are a bit vague for me. I'm the type that really needs every little step to be clear. Thanks a lot for the pattern!

  17. Can someone clarify step 4 for me? I'm having trouble seeing what's going on in that picture and the instructions are a bit vague for me. I'm the type that really needs every little step to be clear. Thanks a lot for the pattern!

  18. Oh I think I got it! I just experimented until I figured it out! Thanks very much! I also love your sewing 101 series. I refer back to it a lot!

  19. I'm really having trouble with step 4 too! Someone please help, I've already started on these! :(

  20. I did it!! And it looks half decent as well!! yay me!!

    ladies, step 4: you need to attach the top part of the J to the bottom part of the J. Basically you need to take the J and make a attach the 2 ends... hope that helps? very late though!! (fold it open, align the seems and attach)


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