Baby Ballerina Shoes
What you will Need:
1 Fat Quarter of fabric
scrap fusible fleece
No Fray method
Let’s Get Cutting:
Cut out pattern pieces as indicated HERE.
Cut (1) strip of 1” x 12” of fabric
Cut (2) 46” stripes of ribbon
Fuse fleece interfacing ,following the instructions you have for your particular product, onto the WRONG side of each lining sole.
Let’s Get Sewing:
Starting with your 1” x 12” strip of fabric, you can do this 1 of 2 ways.
First - fold fabric in half lengthwise right sides together, and sew along the long raw edge. Turn your now long fabric tube right side out and press with Iron.
Personally I sometimes hate that method, but it won’t leave a stitch line...so your choice. I chose the easier route for me.
Second choice. Using your iron, fold in both long sides of fabric strip towards the wrong side ⅛” and press. (See Photo)
Fold in again in the middle, enclosing the long raw edges . Stitch along edge. (See Photo)
Now measuring your strip of fabric, cut the long tube equally into (8) 1.5” pieces.
Next, pin your fabric loops in place. The raw edge of the loop should be lined up with the raw edge of the INSIDE of the U-shape. Remember, baby’s feet are small - they do not need to be spaced very far apart! Mine are only around ½” apart - with about 2” up from the back. Also, be sure to space them evenly on both sides. See Photo:
Edge stitch in place. Repeat for both U-shapes.
Fold the U Shape right sides together in half, matching the back raw edges, stitch ½” seam allowance. Repeat for all 4 U-Shapes (lining & outer), Press open seam. See Photo:
This part can be a bit tricky, but hang with me. It is not as bad as it seems! Taking the outer edge of the U Shape, matching the raw edges of the sole, line up the back center of the sole with the open pressed seam on the U Shape, right sides together. Pin in place. See Photo
Stitch around edge using ¼” seam allowance. Repeat for all 4 U Shapes and soles.
Turn shoe lining Right Side Out, (leaving the outer shoe wrong side out), and slip inside the Shoe Outer - Right sides of fabric will be facing. (Be sure you are matching the right feet and left feet here!) And be sure your fabric loops are tucked in. Match up the back seams, and pin around top edge.
Stitch around edge using ¼” seam allowance, LEAVING A 2” OPENING ALONG THE BACK SEAM!!! This is important so we can turn the shoe right side out!!! Repeat for both shoes.
Turn shoe right side out using 2” opening, and tuck lining into shoe. Fold down the raw edges of the 2” opening and either edge stitch with your machine, or hand stitch closed.
Taking your ribbon, loop through the ballet shoes as desired (be sure to fray check the ends of that ribbon!!) And voile, super cute pair of shoes for the non walking babe in your life!