Remember how I love itty bitty baby shoes?
Well, I made those sweet little girl sandals last week (found here)……..but had to give little boy ones a try too. Little boys are just as fun to dress up and I know many of you have (or know) some handsome little fellas. And even though I don’t have a little boy to put these on, I just couldn’t resist.
So instead of a cinched bow on the top, here’s a boy version, with a woven-like top………using the same shape and main structure as the girl style.
I just couldn’t leave out the little dudes in my sandal making fun.
And because they were made with a tiny bit of faux leather (vinyl)………they cost practically nothing.
And nope, I didn’t have a little boy model…….
And yes, these little boy sandals have a little strap (with elastic) around the back……to keep them nice and snug.
Why is teeny tiny so darn cute?
Would you like to make your own Little Boy sandals?
First of all, I purchased this fabric at Wal-Mart like 3 years ago. I’m not sure if they carry it (or something like it) anymore……but check out any of your local fabric stores. This fabric is thinner than the sandals I made here and was a bit easier to sew with. So check out the upholstery section too and see what kind of sturdy and interesting fabrics you can find that don’t fray. (Non-fray fabrics make this project MUCH easier.)
And remember, I’ll be referring back to the girl sandal tutorial here, throughout this tutorial.
First of all, trace around the sole of a shoe that fits onto a piece of paper and cut out for your pattern piece. Then cut out your top and bottom piece out of your main fabric choice for each sandal. Then cut out 2 pieces of felt for each sandal too. (You’ll need 2 layers of felt to make it extra sturdy…but if your fabric is pretty thick, you’ll only need 1 layer of felt for each sandal.)
These sandals I made different and didn’t sew the sole layers together…….I fused them together. SO I cut out 3 pieces of double sided fusible web for each sandal. Place a layer of the fusible web in between the two layers of felt and fuse them together with a hot iron. Then place it between the bottom and top layer of main fabric, with the 2 fusible web pieces on either side of the felt and iron them all together. (Be careful to not melt your fabric. Test out your iron heat on some scrap fabric first.)
**My soles were about 4 1/4 inches long for my 3-6 month size.
Now, you’ll need to cut out a sort of rectangle piece that will go on top of the foot. The top edge is rounded and more narrow and the bottom edge is tapered outwards and is just a straight edge. It will be rounded and trimmed later on. The length of this piece will be longer than you think you’ll need…….because those baby feet are rounded and chunky. So this piece will go up and over the top of the foot, so you’ll need enough length to go up and meet the ankle. You’ll need 4 of these pieces. You will also need 8 long strips to use for the weaving. (My sizes and measurements are shown below for my 3-6 month sandal size.)
Now place the top and bottom pieces together with the right side facing outward and sew together. Use a really small seam allowance (about 1/16 of an inch from the edge). Sew along the long edges of the long strips and then along the long and curved sides of the bigger pieces.
Then make 4 little slits along the top of the 2 main pieces. Each slit is slightly wider than the strips. Then make a narrow box of stitches right around your slits.
Here’s an up close of the stitching along the long strips.
Then place your strips through the slits for both main pieces.
Now, place your main piece right on top of the sole and center it at the top. Stitch right along the curve of the sole and attach if to the sole. (Keep your stitches close to the edge.)
Then trim off the excess fabric.
Then attach the back strap with the elastic to your main sandal piece, just like shown here.
Now, place your little baby foot onto the sole and measure how big you need the main section of the shoe to be. Sew the strips down on the side, nice and close to the edge of the sole.
Now, attach the binding strip to the edge of the sole, just like the tutorial here.
And that’s it.
Little boy sandals completed.