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Molly's Sketchbook: Felt Baby Shoes

I think it’s lovely to welcome a little one into the world surrounded by thoughtful handmade gifts, and these itty-bitty boots are just the ticket for such a reception. Brimming over with the “awww” factor, everyone who sees these Felt Baby Shoes wants to pick them up and coo, almost as if they contained a chubby little baby foot already! 

Sometimes when I get on a roll with a fun and easy project like this, it’s hard to stop. In this case, I ended up with a pile of eight pairs of shoes, all from one Purl Soho Wool Felt Bundle! Our gorgeous Autumn Bundle covers a beautiful spectrum of warm earth tones, just right for boys or girls. And a bright red, hand-embroidered edge finishes the color story with a zing, while adding a sweet handmade, rustic charm.

I love the idea of sewing up a big bunch of booties to have on hand for baby showers and welcome-to-the-world gifts. A pair would also look so cute peeking out of a baby’s Christmas stocking!


To make eight pairs of 3 month sized baby shoes:

Note: The template for this pattern is for a 3 month size, which is 4-inches long. If you'd like to blow up the pattern for a different size you might find this chart helpful.

Cutting and Pinning

Cut the templates from one of the felt pieces. Using the erasable fabric marker mark the felt corresponding to dashes and Xs on the template. You don't need to make the full X markings, just mark a dot corresponding to the center of each X.

Cut two 1-inch lengths from the elastic.

Pin one sole piece and one upper piece together at their back center marked dashes. 

Arrange the sole so it's laying flat. Wrap the right side of the upper piece across the front so that the front curves of both pieces match up.

Then wrap the left side across the sole and match up its curve with the sole's front curve. Pin the three layers (the sole, the left right side, and the left side) together at the front of the sole.

For the opposite shoe wrap the left side first, and then the right and pin them together in the same manner.

Pin the upper section all the way around the perimeter of the sole, keeping the sole flat, on both of the shoes.


Arrange one of the shoes so it's facing forward. Thread a hand sewing need with a 46-inch length of the pearl cotton. Do not tie a knot in the thread. Pull the needle from the sole section through to the upper section at the back marking dash, 1/4-inch from the edge, leaving a 4-inch tail. Lay the tail over the working thread and arrange the working thread to point towards the right

Take a stitch, 1/4-inch from the edge and 1/4-inch to the right of the previous stitch, entering from the upper piece. Pull the needle out through the sole keeping the needle on top of the thread coming from the previous stitch, as shown above. This is a buttonhole stitch.

Use this buttonhole stitch to sew around the entire perimeter of the shoe, making sure to sew through all three layers at the toe section.

When you get all the way around to where you started tie a knot with your tail and working yarn.

Pull the working yarn through the seam for a few inches.

Snip off the thread right at its exit point to make it disappear.

Thread the needle with the tail and repeat the same process to hide it.

Here is the first shoe, all stitched up.

Repeat all of these steps for the second shoe.

Adding the Elastic

On the first shoe, sew the left side of one of the elastic pieces to the left hand dot marked on the upper section with a doubled cross stitch.

Tuck the right hand side of the elastic inside the shoe and stitch it to the marked right hand dot with a double cross stitch. You might have to pull the left and right sides apart a bit in order to do this. This will help the shoe to stand up.

Attach the elastic to the second shoe in the same manner, only this time sew it the the right side first and then to the left side.

You're all done!

Reader Comments (101)

Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! They are so gorgeous!

I've made these for my friend's baby shower- you can see my version on my blog
October 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTania
Hi Tania-

Cute! Thanks for sharing!

October 2, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Nella ricerca in rete di idee utili da poter creare per il mio bimbo, queste calde scarpine per me sono adorabili, comode, calde , facili da eseguire e soprattutto non costose!
Grazie davvero tanto per questo tutorial , Lela.
October 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLela
Thanks for this great tutorial and pattern. I used fleece instead of the wool and they turned out so cute and warm. Going to try using wool sock tops and see how that works!
November 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHelen
thank s lot for this baby foot sizes. it will help me a lot. martha from warsaw, poland.
November 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommentermarthaPL
Hello there from Paris :)

Many thanks for this wonderful tutorial ! What you do is amazing !
I tried to follow your guidelines... so here is my "interpretation" of your felt baby shoes :)
What do you think ?

Thks again :)

. culturecouture .
November 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter. culturecouture .
Hello Culturecouture-

Your version is adorable! Thank you for sharing!

November 26, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
... Merci :)
November 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter. culturecouture .
Just wondering if adding the elastic is necessary -- is it only to help the shoe stand up, as noted? Mine are standing up fine and the elastic actually pulls the shoe out of shape a bit. Can I skip this step, or will the shoe fall off a baby's foot? (don't have one nearby to test this on!) Thanks...
December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenn
Hi Jenn-

I would recommend that you do use the elastic. It's not about the shape of the shoe but about it staying on the baby's foot.

Thanks so much for your question!

December 5, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Just saw this on pinterest....I am totally in love with these. I have two brand new great nieces and they will look adorable in these. I am placing an order right after Christmas for the supplies from you. Thank you for sharing....I can't wait to try these! Happy Holidays from Minnesota!!!
December 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
These look adorable! I can't wait to try my hand at them over this weekend. I'll be snug inside making these cuties while it's icy and snowy outside. What color of thread would you use with the Summer Bouquet colors? Thanks!
January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllen
Hi Ellen-

I would use a chartruese or ochre color. Valdani threads has some good options in this vein. (Maybe color 152.) Or, a chocolate brown would be nice too (color 172.):

Thanks for the great question!

January 25, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Just finish one pair, they are easy and so cute, I really enjoy it, thank you
February 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteradriana
this really looks amazing and i thank u for sharing!
i would like to know if you think a large zig-zag machine stitch could work for this project as well.
thank u very much 4 ur attention
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlyu
Hi Lyu-

I haven't tried it but sewing them on a machine would probably work. Let us know how it goes!

Thank you for your question!

February 19, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I wish I had a blog to post pics of these shoes! I just loved making them!! I used a fuschia felt with lime green thread ( to match an sweater I am knitting for my Godsons new baby due in June. I am going to make several more pair to match other outfits for the baby. I am also modifying the pattern to make some "Mary Janes" out of black felt with holly berry embroidered for the Christmas dress I bought her. Thank you Purl Bee!
February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim Rice
I love these so much I shared them on my blog. Here's a link to the post!
March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeah MossyCouture
We like your ideas! we posted about it!
March 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlfon
Hi Alfon-

Thank you for getting in touch! We ask that if you use a few of our photos that you link directly back to the the project featured in the photos. Your post currently just links back to our main page- would you mind adding a link to this story specifically?

Thank you!

March 13, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I liked your felt shoes for babies i need to do for my daughter she is 4 years i need the template for this u have given that in note of yours but i cannot open in our place muscat so i need one template for 4yrs and 18 mnths baby.
March 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermeenakshy vinod
Hi Meenakshy-

This pattern is not available in those sizes. It is only available in a 3 month size.

Thank you!

March 27, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thank you for this elegant and easy to follow tutorial! Love it so much, it is so cute! And I have been making them and recipients have loved them as well. I have made sure they each have a paper that says "TUTORIAL AND PATTERN BY PURLBEE" with your logo! love it, thank you.
April 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterE
Mine are not NEARLY as perfectly neat but thank you so much for this pattern, they're so sweet and I can't wait to give them to a mother-to-be I know as a present! I opted for mint green:
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRowena
They look pretty dang perfect Rowena! Thanks for sharing!

May 16, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

I have a French blog and just presented your DIY. I made a link to your blog is that's ok!
My friends were AMAZED by the results I gave them. They think I'm crafty now... mission accomplished!
June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I was wondering if I could make theses in a different type of fabric other than felt? I made a couple out of felt and absolutely love it and am looking to try different fabrics. Thanks and love this idea! Amazing!

July 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHafsa
Hi Hafsa-

Thank you so much for the kind words about this pattern. These won't work with most woven fabric because the fabric would fray. The only other material we carry that would work would be Mary Flanagan Felted Wool which would make a very cozy pair of shoes:

Thank you!

July 11, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I feel in love with your booties. They are simply simple and cute, perfect for tiny little baby feet. If you don't mind I'm going to post a link to you tutorial on

Thanks soooo much for sharing this project and the tutorial too!
All the best!
July 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpat
Hi Pat-

We don't mind as long as you link back to us for the instructions. I checked out your blog and what you posted looks just fine. Thanks so much for your kind words about this pattern!


July 30, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I was wondering if you could tell me what i'm doing wrong. I made some darling slippers in assorted colors. I even made some that I garnished up for little girls with ribbons and bows. they turned out darling however, when I went to put them on my grandchild of 5 weeks, it seems that her heel was always riding up and out of them. Am I doing something wrong?? They look identical to your pattern.? please help.

August 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJackie
Hi Jackie-

It doesn't sound like you're doing anything wrong! It sounds like maybe they just don't fit yet. My daughter wore these when she was 3 months old (and she had pretty big feet!)

If you don't think that is the issue you might want to add some elastic to the top of the back edge just above the heel. You could sew it on just like you did for the front elastic, with two little "x"s. That might cinch the top of the shoe and keep it from falling off.

Also I think they work best when the baby has socks on, plus that way the wool felt won't be itchy.

Hope this helps!
August 29, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thank you for this delightful pattern. I am always so inspired by your creations. Beautiful work. Bless you for sharing.
September 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSlamwato
Hi there!

Thank you so much for the lovely tutorial. To be honest I have never done sewing in my whole life but you make it look so easy. It inspired me so much to create the booties for my coming soon baby.

You mentioned that the size you gave is only for a 3 month old baby. But based on the baby foot chart it shows size up to 35 months.. Is it because this material is just enough to make up for a 3 months old?

Thanks. ;)
September 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNurul Rais
Hi Nurul-

The template provided with this pattern in for a 3 month size. The chart is just a guide in case you want to blow up the template yourself, which would take some trial and error. There is enough felt in a bundle to make larger sizes.

Thank you!

September 18, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
amazing! really cute ones! :)
October 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterliansilje
gorgeous :)
October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSanja
Hi Molly,
Your pattern is beautiful in its simplicity.
I am wondering if one can sell the product made from your pattern?
If so could you email me your criteria for the same.
Thanking you,
October 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa
Hi Vanessa-

Thank you for the nice words about the pattern. All of our patterns are for home use only and cannot be made for sale. Thanks for checking in though!

October 25, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
All done with the primary color wool felt packet; a joy to handle and work with; they are in the mail to our family's new addition, Isla Charlotte, born two weeks ago!
Would love to send you a pic if you want.
November 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
Hi Karen-

We would love to see a pic! You can post it on our Facebook page or send it directly to me: Molly AT purlsoho DOT com.

Congrats on the new addition!

November 4, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I am in the midst of making these! I am going to pick up some elastic from my mom tonight to finish them. I should have clicked on the pearl cotton link! I am a very inexperienced sewer, and thought pearl was the brand name...I bought poly top stitching thread bc it looked the thickest. It still looks nice, but I think I will see about finding some proper embroidery thread for the next pair. I picked a nice dark grey wool and yellow thread.

These are so easy, even for a beginner. I think I messed up my blanket stitch on the first pair, but it will go better next time!
November 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteph
Is it ok to make these shoes and sale them at a craft sale?
January 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteralice Kimberlin
Hi Alice-

This pattern is for home use only and cannot be made for sale, but thank you so much for asking!

January 23, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
waouhhhhhhhh thanks !!! it's very graet !!!!!!! i love it ;) thnks
February 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlauriane
Fabulous directions with thoughtful details like how long to cut the embroidery thread. Thank you!
March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCesca
Just made my first pair - I used square craft felt ($ .35) and 6 strand embroidery floss that I had on hand. Also put a tiny embroidered flower on the toe. Turned out great but my grand-daughter has a long foot so will add a bit to the next pair. I got enough felt for 8 pairs in different colors. Great idea Purlbee!
March 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
Hello, these are the cutest things ever. Thank you so much for sharing. I am a spinner and often have bits of fleece I don't use.............the imagination has just kicked in to make my own felt.

Thanks again :)
April 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCheyne
Please tell me there is an adult version of this pattern - I want a pair!
April 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommentereDee
Thank you, Molly!! I've just made my first pair - from a jumper that I felted by washing on a too-hot setting. They've cost me precisely nothing but my time and I'm so, so pleased with the way they turned out. I think the mum-to-be I have them in mind for is going to be thrilled. Your tutorial was so easy to follow (I never can remember how to do the buttonhole/blanket stitching without seeing a demo!).
May 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

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