I don't know where I got this craft idea. I just woke up one morning and was like, "I'm going to make Isabel some owl shoes."
This is the type of project I like to call Fake-It-Till-You-Make-It! I had no idea what I was doing at first....trial and error.
These handmade shoes were a lot of fun to do, but it did take a little while. Here is a step by step tutorial if you are interested in making these.
First we are going to need some materials. I did forget a few things in the pictures, so look sharp.
The pattern took me for-ev-er to make, so I thought I would save you some time and scan it in. Well, my hubby scanned it in. :) You can just print the pdf document below and start cutting away!
1. hot glue gun
4. needle and thread
5. 2 buttons and 4 beads
6. mod podge (opt)
8. felt (gray, cream, purple, beige, tan, brown,
9. satin fabric (opt)
10. pins (opt)
1. Cut out your pattern and trace 2 shoe faces, 2 soles and 2 straps on gray felt. Cut out.
3. Trace 2 shoe faces and 2 soles on cream felt. Cut out.
Keep the excess cream because you will use it again.
4. Place the cream felt face on top of the gray felt face. Line them up as perfectly as you can without letting the cream go over the gray. Glue them together with the hot glue gun.
Use the glue sparingly!
5. Pin the glued faces to the sole of the shoe. Make sure the cream is facing up or you'll have white shoes!
Make sure you don't pin too tight...you need fabric for gathering around corners.
6. Cut off the excess heel. Make sure you don't cut too close because you are going to have to sew up the heel. You can always cut it closer after you have sewed.
7. Use a running stitch to sew the face to the sole. Keep the height in the toe area.
8. When you get to the heel, change to an overcast stitch.
9. Change to a running stitch again when you sew up the heel.
Cut as closely as you can to the heel stitch without cutting the threads.
Note: You want to sew diagonally so that the shoe will curve at the heel.
10. Take the cream sole and place on top of the bottom of the shoe. Trace inside the seams to get a better fit. Cut out.
(The cream sole goes inside the shoe)
11. Place the cream sole you just cut out onto the wrong side of your satin fabric.
12. Hot glue the fabric to the sole.
13. Turn the shoe right side out.
14. Trim back the face of the shoe. (The picture shows it wrong. I did this right side out to see the shape better.)
15. Fold the shoe in half lengthwise and cut an angle from the heel to the face. You want to cut both sides at once so they are not uneven. I just eye-balled this until I found the shoe shape I liked.
16. Gently burn the inside edge to melt the felt. It burns very easily, so keep it at distance. This will keep the felt from looking fuzzy.
17. Glue the satin sole to the inside of the shoe.
18. Glue the ribbon onto the inside edge of the shoe. Glue a vertical ribbon on the heel to hide the seam.
Starting to look cute!
19. Put the tiniest bit of Mod Podge onto each end of the 2 straps. (Hopefully you didn't throw away your straps like I did! lol)
If you don't have Mod Podge, you might be able to melt the ends a little bit. I haven't tried this, but it might work.
(This is just to give it some strength. You don't want the felt ripping the first time you button it!)
20. Sew the button on and hot glue the strap to the other side.
Now we make the little guy.
21. Trace and cut out the owl out of the beige.
22. Melt the edges to make it sharper looking.
23. Trace and cut out the purple chest, two cream eyes and two tan circles.
24. Cut out the cream chest circle.
Note: Make sure to melt the edges of everything you cut out to give it a clean sharp look.
25. Glue two brown half moons for under the eye.
26. Glue on bead eyes and eyelashes.
27. Trim any excess.
28. Glue to shoe. Dun-dun-dun-dah a cute owl shoe. Now to do the next one...make sure you don't make two left feet!
Who has the cutest shoes on the block???
Have you tried this project? I would love to hear how it turned out! Send me pictures!