Baby Girl Sandals (made with faux leather)




I have a ‘thing’ for making things in miniature size.

For some reason, it excites me to make something in itty bitty baby (not barbie) sizes.


So sweet.  So fun.  So enjoyable.


I like making little baby shoes (like the bootie patterns in my shop, here) but today, I gave little sandals a try.

Using some of my most leather-looking faux leather.


And gosh, again, that mini size made me swoon.





These tiny bow strap sandals are so sweet on these chubby baby feetsies.




Sweet little thing. You’re so fun to sew for.




These little sandals have a strap around the heel with a bit of elastic to keep them snug.




And no, sandals on babies have no purpose.  They just make me smile.



Would you like to make your own?


These directions and specific measurements are for my size 3-6 month size sandals that I made.  Adjust accordingly.



Begin by finding come faux leather (vinyl) at your local fabric shop.  (Read this post here.)  Be sure that it isn’t super stiff and is semi-soft.  You will be folding and stretching it just a bit as you construct the sandals.


Once you have your vinyl, you will need to cut out your sole shape.  I just traced around a little shoe that already fit my little girl and used that as a pattern piece.  Then cut out a top and bottom piece out of the vinyl. (Cut one with your pattern piece, then flip the pattern piece over and cut again.  This will give you the 2 pieces you need.)  Also, cut a piece of felt with the same shape.  All 3 pieces are for the sole of one sandal.



Next, place the piece of felt in between the two vinyl pieces, making sure that the “right side” of the vinyl is facing outward on the top and on the bottom.  Then sew a few lines of stitches across the sole of the sandal, to help keep all 3 layers in place.  (Be careful that your layers don’t shift as you sew.  It helps to start with the center line and move your way outward.)



Next, cut 2 strips of fabric for the bow strap that goes across the toes.  (Mine were 1 3/4 x 6 inches.)  Sew them together along both long edges.



Making sure that the right sides of the vinyl are facing out.



Then, cut another small strip that will be used for the center of the bow strap.  (Mine is 1/2 x 2 inches.)  Stitch down each long side, nice and close to the outer edge.



Then, grab your bow strap piece and fold in in half upwards…….



Then fold each outer edge down in half…….creating an accordion fold.



Now, wrap the narrow strip around the middle and hold it tightly in the back.



Trim off the excess length and hand-stitch it in place on the back side of the bow.


Now, curve your bow a bit so that it will round over the foot.



Next, cut four strips to use for the side/back strap of the sandal.  (Mine were 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.)  Also cut a piece of 1/2 inch wide elastic.  (Mine was 1 3/4 inches long.)  Place one end of the elastic between 2 of the long strips, overlapping the elastic into the inside of the 2 layers, about a 1/4 inch.  Sew the elastic in place with 2 seams.  Do the same thing with the other end of the elastic and the other 2 strips.   (Make sure that the vinyl strips are facing outward, with the wrong side of the vinyl strips facing each other.)



Then sew the front and back pieces of the vinyl strips together along the sides.



Now, placement of the straps is important.  So place the bow strap across the child’s foot and measure the back strap around the heel of their foot.  You want the back strap to fit snugly, to help keep the sandal on.  But you don’t want it too tight, or it will be uncomfortable.  And may force the foot out the front of the sandal.  So place pins where the strap should go.  Now, you’ll need to unpick the two layers of the bow strap right where the heel strap should go and slide the ends between the two layers.   You may need to trim off a bit of your ends before sliding in.  Re-sew the edges of the bow strap, which will secure the heel strap ends in place.  (You can try measuring the heel strap and such before sewing the main bow strap together but I just found it was easier to get an actual measurement after the bow center was cinched off and the pieces were sewn together, and then un-pick and re-sew.  But switch these steps around if you’d like.)



Now place the strap on top of the shoe just a bit down from the top of the sole.  (Trying the sandal on the child’s foot is important for this step too.)  Sew in place, nice and close to the outer edge of the sole.  The top of the bow strap will be pulled tighter than the bottom edge of the bow strap because the foot gets more narrow and doesn’t need as much room.  Without making it more narrow, the strap will look too bulky at the top and won’t form around the foot like it needs to.




Then trim off the excess material of the bow strap, making it nice and even with the edge of the sole.


Now, you’re going to sew a sort of binding around the outer edge of the sandal.  Kind of like sewing binding on a blanket, like here.


So, cut a long strip of your faux leather that is cut on the bias.  (Learn more about bias here.)  Cutting it on the bias will help it stretch and contour around the sole.  My strip was about 5/8 inch wide about about 12 inches long.  Just be sure that it is wide enough to fold around the edges of the sole, with enough on the front and the back to catch under the needle while sewing the edging in place.


Start sewing the strip on the straight side of the sandal and fold the strip around the edge of the sole, encasing all of the raw edges in between.



Then sew all the way around the sole, sewing very slowly.  Be sure to check every few inches that the strip is far enough underneath and is being caught by the needle.  And pull the strip up and over the top, nice and snug as you go.


At the end, allow the end to overlap by about a 1/2 ich……and cut the end off at an angle (just so there’s not so much bulk to sew through once it’s folded over).



Now, trim off any extra threads and any excess faux leather around the edging that looks uneven.


Now, repeat all of those steps to create the 2nd sandal.

But be sure that the sole of the sandal contours in the opposite direction.




Here’s a view from the bottom. They’re not perfect.  And yes, making the binding look as good on the bottom as it does on the top can be tricky.  But give it a try.  And be willing to pick it out a few times if needed.




And that’s it.


Your little sandals are ready to be worn.




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143 Responses to “Baby Girl Sandals (made with faux leather)”
  1. 1
    lynn says:

    oh my! adorable! i just love them= and photo #2 is even more adorable. great job!

  2. 2
    lynn says:

    wait, photo #3!

  3. 3
    erum says:

    how adorable so so so so cute :)

  4. 4
    Aleisha says:

    Okay, this tops my favorite thing you’ve ever made! I think it even beats out Cinderella and Prince Charming!

  5. 5
    Becky says:

    Adorable! Definitely a “must try” on my list.

  6. 6
    Allison A says:

    Wow, I SO need to make these.

  7. 7
    Joanna says:

    Love these! Pinned them to my “to do” board

  8. 8
    Angela says:

    i love that! It would be super cute to make little boy ones too!

  9. 9
    Mardi says:

    Oh my gosh! I have to make those, like tomorrow. And I don’t even have a girl!

  10. 10
    MCC says:

    These little sandals are the most precious things ever! Go you!!

  11. 11
    Victoria says:

    Seriously, you amaze me everyday! These are so stinking cute I could cry! I feel like you’re spoiling us because you gave us a tutorial, too! You are incredible. GREAT job!!!!!!

  12. 12
    Shellsea says:

    Those sandals are just the cutest thing ever. Good job.

    Love, Shellsea Blog

  13. 13
    Lorena says:

    SO cute!!!! Love them.

  14. 14
    Joy says:

    oh my gosh! adorable. if mine wasn’t running already i’d make her a million of these!

  15. 15
    Camille says:

    Are you kidding me!? Those are the cutest things I have seen in a long time! But she is such a sweetheart so anything would be!

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    Lauren says:

    Oh my gosh. I wish I had a baby now to do these for, how freaking cute are those!? You amaze me! =) I could make up some for around the house play for my older girls huh? (4 and 6 years old, LOVE dress up…)

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    Catherine says:

    These are so cute!! I don’t have any little girls to make them for. But they look so great on her cute little toes.

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    Mindy says:

    soooo adorable on those pudgy little feet!

  20. 20
    Nina says:

    How adorable! I just love them!!

  21. 21
    Christine says:

    These are so cute that “I” want a pair!!!

  22. 22
    Coley says:

    Wow, those are so cute! Not sure if I could do it, but they are adorable!

  23. 23
    STACY says:

    SERIOUSLY you make the cutest thing ever. I love those sandals how adorable. I bet daily you and your family wach and every one of them are bedazzled with your creativity. I stinking LOVE your site and everything you do. Thanks for showing off your talent…

  24. 24
    STACY says:

    I meant to say I bet daily you and your family are bedazzled with your creativity :)

  25. 25
    Rachel says:

    I don’t think I’ve seen cutier baby shoes yet. I think you are amazing!!!

  26. 26

    How wonderful! They are so cute,

    And so is your beautiful girl!

  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    ACK! Thank you soooo much! I’ve been on the hunt for a pair of white sandels to fit my mini 6 month old (not even a size 1) and now I’ll actually get her in some before summer’s over!

  28. 28
    Jen says:

    So flippin cute!!!! Maybe you should be a footwear designer : )

  29. 29

    Gracious those are cute!!!!

  30. 30

    These are to die for! I feel so compelled to make these for my niece, she’ll be born in a couple weeks!

  31. 31
    Karan says:

    The sandles are just adorable as is the little one wearing them.

    Am going to print off the directions and give them a try. My husband and I have 4 nieces all expecting last month and this mont. Two have been born and two more to go . three of the 4 babies are little girls.

    They woulld be adorable made up as slippers also. And Christmas is coming.

    Thanks for the great idea.


  32. 32
    Emily says:

    These are truly adorable! I love all your projects. Out of all the homemade craft type blogs yours is definitely my favorite. You’re projects always look so clean, finished and nice. Thanks for all the fun posts, and great ideas!

  33. 33
    Emilie says:

    Oh my gosh! HOLY ADORABLENESS!!!
    Love. Love. Love.

  34. 34
    Natalie says:

    Absolutely adorable!

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    Krystal says:

    Cutest stinkin things I have ever seen! (baby included!)

  36. 36
    Ginger says:

    Oh my WORD! They are adorable! You make it look so easy – I must try it.

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    tai says:

    fan.tast.ic. I LOVE them

  38. 38
    Ali says:

    These are absolutely adorable. I will definitely be trying these. Thanks for sharing! :)

  39. 39
    Kristina Noall says:

    Those are so cute. Why do I get the feeling that you are such a sewing expert, you just make it LOOK easy? lol

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    Mandy says:

    Oh, my goodness. I just got a sewing machine that I have NO idea how to use but I so badly want to make these for my little girl.

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    Amanda says:

    Whoa. Seriously, whoa.

  42. 42

    They are really great and cute!

  43. 43
    Nika says:

    The are so lovely! You are great crafter!

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    Dawn Repovg says:

    You are truly an amazing woman!! I am in awe of your skills, whether it is sewing, food, photography and time management. How you have time to do all that you do is amazing. I don’t sew much but I truly love your blog!!
    Your kids are darling and I sure wish I lived closer cause I could use a baby fix. My oldest is 17( not ready to be a grandma thank-you very much) and youngest is 11. I sure have missed the baby smells!! But I will wait patiently until then! Have a great day and thanks so much for sharing!!

  45. 45
    Vanina says:

    Gracias por el tutorial!! Muy bueno!!
    Las sandalias están preciosas!!! pero la modelo es lo mejor!!1
    Un beso!!

  46. 46
    Hayley says:

    your baby girl is ADORABLE!!

  47. 47
    sherry says:

    they are amazing. wow !

  48. 48
    Alissa says:

    Jeez, these sandals are so cute that they make me wish I wasn’t all done having babies. :)

    I just discovered your blog last week, and just wanted to say I’m very inspired by all your fabulous projects!

  49. 49
    Kristy N says:

    Tooooo cute!! Too bad my little girl is too big for these… but I have a brand new boy peanut I can alter the design for, muahaha.

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    Bethany Kingma says:

    SO SO SO cute! Do you think you could use other fabrics for these sandals? Maybe heavy cotton or even home decor fabrics? They would be so cute in a print, too!!!

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    I have no babies at home anymore, but a daughter that would love shoes for her teddy bears and dolls! So very cool!

  53. 53
    Julie says:

    Absolutely adorable! What a cute and wonderful idea!

  54. 54
    Louise says:

    These are absolutely gorgeous. You are an inspiration!!!! Thanks for sharing. Wish my grandmiracles were babies again.


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    Katie O says:

    Now that is utterly adorable!!! :)

  56. 56
    Marnie says:

    Oh, these are the cutest!!

  57. 57
    Jeanette says:

    ACK! So cute!! I LOVE you blog so much!!

    If you are looking for more vinyl inspiration check out this etsy shop: she is currently on vacation but you can look at her sold items! even has some vinyl that is sparkly (search for patent leather vinyl or sparkle vinyl)

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    louise says:

    these are just adorable! and you could just change them up a tiny bit to be boys! very cute!

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    Amy Caroline says:

    These are crazy adorable!!!

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    cahya says:

    soooooo cuteeee….!
    picture no.2 is soooo ♥…

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    Suzan says:

    You are A-mazing!!
    I also love tiny things. Babies toes are sooo kissable.
    Wonderful tutorial.

  62. 62

    My husband is going to make me stop visiting your website because seeing your adorable little girl makes me want to have another one…and ours are only 3 and 1!! Love what you are doing.

  63. 63
    Cathy says:

    Wow! These sandals are just gorgeous (as is your baby!!). Thank you for the tutorial also, the instructions are very clear and even though I am new to sewing I think I will give them a go for my wee girl who’s just turned 1 :-) Thanks again and enjoy your wee girl!

  64. 64
    abby says:

    these are just too cute!

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    delia says:

    I absolutely love this. You are the queen of crafty shoes. :)

  66. 66

    These are so precious. Thanks for your inspiring ideas!!!

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    Emily says:

    these are sooo precious!

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    Connie says:

    Adorable!! I love these little sandals!

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    Subtle Tee says:

    These are the most adorable things I have ever seen!! You are AMAZING! I can’t believe you made these?! Now all I need is a baby girl :)

  71. 71

    I just adore these cute little sandals – I am featuring these on my blog! They are just so cute! and you and I have the same taste! I have that same little outfit for my baby girl!

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    mary ann says:

    i love these! can’t wait to make ’em for my lil’ june bug. thanks for the tutorial!

  73. 73
    Becky says:

    That is possibly the stinking cutest thing I have ever seen you make!!

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    Donya says:

    Sooooo very darling! LOVE THEM! Thanks for sharing!

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    Helena says:

    OMG what a talent!!! i love it…yes i think that i will try to make it for my baby girl…thank for sharing…

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    kantuta says:

    Todos tus trabajos son tan lindos pero este en especial es muy encantador, y la modelo es lo maximo, vemos como de linda esta la bebe creciendo
    un beso

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    colette says:

    Those are so adorable! I can’t believe you made those! Your are so talented, you amaze me everytime you post!

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    Laura C says:

    You amaze me!

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    Katie says:

    These are so fun!

  80. 80

    OK so I’m on vacation and I swore I was going through my blog reader and just READING and NO COMMENTS but ack, woman. This kills me. SO CUTE. You are too cool. You know what else has no real purpose? Diaper covers. Ruffles. Hair clips and french braids. Basically, pretty much most awesome things. LOVE.

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    Sadaf says:

    so, so, so cute… this post made me wanna have another girl so that i can sew a sandal for her

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    Hello! You have wonderful idea’s and tutorials! I’m so inspired by your website and wanted to put you on my blog web page in “Lovely Places;” , so I hope you don’t mind :) If you do, just let me know and I’ll remove that at once. Keep on making adorable things! Can’t wait to try out some of these tutorials and patterns you have!

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    Meghan says:

    These are divine! My SIL is going to have a baby and if she has a little girl, I will definitely be making these. Thanks for sharing this tutorial.

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    Laura says:

    THIS BLOG IS AMAZING. i want to start making things! i need my older siblings to start having kids now haha

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    i-tasik says:

    great, i think it’s great idea to make something with simple way….

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    Susie M says:

    How cute! You know, as I was reading your post, I was thinking, wouldn’t the bow part make the cutest little hair clips?? Don’t quite have them totally figured out in my mind yet, but what if you made the bow part only maybe not quite as long, sewed all the way around the strip piece, and after you make the bow, attach it to one of those clippy hair clips, maybe with hot glue?? Then you would have matching hair bows and sandals!! I must try that! Thank you so much for your tutorial.

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    Oh my goodness they are adorable and easy to make, thank you for the guide!!

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    Chelsey Z says:

    These are SO stinking cute! I’m going to need you to come up with something for little boys now! I wish I had a baby girl to make these for!!!!

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    Mac says:

    I’m linking to this blog like crazy! I love you DIYs, especially things like this where the shoes look so much harder than they actually are! You have a gift! Thank you for sharing with us!

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    Karen Gass says:

    These are just the cutest things ever!!! Now I need a baby around to make them for :) Don’t look at me, I’ve got 14 grandchildren, but the youngest is almost 4! :)

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    Anonymous says:

    I love these! I also love the romper she has on! My little girl has the same one! JCP is AWESOME! =)

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    Anonymous says:

    These are so cute. and your how to was awesome. I wish my little girl was still tiny. :(

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    Cassandra says:

    These are so cute! Maybe it’s just that no one sews where I live but I swear we only have one decent sized fabric store around here. AND I can never find anything there!! What are some good online fabric stores?? Preferably ones that will work for someone with a small pocketbook!! (;

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    Seriously, those are the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Gotta pin this (even though I don’t have any more little babies to sew for) – maybe someone I know will have a little one and I can make them as a gift!!! LOVE THEM!

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    Nancy says:

    Oh my these are absolutely making me giggle, too CUTE!!!
    I am so making these for my babe!

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    Samantha says:

    You are amazing and inspirational!!!
    Very creative and adorable!!

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    Kim says:

    Wow, these look really difficult to make, until I read through the tutorial! I might actually try making some for my girls! Even my 6-year old. And my almost-2-year-old boy would absolutely love a pair of the baby boy version… he is more of a shoe horse than either of my girls! Thanks for a great tutorial and a fun project.

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    Crystal says:

    These are too stinkin cute! I wish I had a little one to make them for! Awesome job!

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    Julie says:

    Holy Crap! I cannot believe you made those. I’m blown away. Great work!

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    Jan says:

    A few months ago I was smitten by vinyl upholstery remnants at Hancock’s and couldn’t help but grab some little snippets as they became available. I had purses in mind, but now I think I need a pair of slippers. I’ll leave off the back strap so I can just slip into them. Can’t wait to make time to play with some ideas.