Funny story about how truly blonde I am... I have spent weeks looking for multiple boxes of baby socks, shoes and bibs that I thought I had lying around here. I searched everywhere and have been totally stumped.
But I found all of them.
I gave them away to several people over a year ago! Ha!
(No I don't want any of them back, I am just relieved that I figured out what happened to all of them. I thought I was losing it.)
This gave me a perfect excuse to attempt something I failed miserably at nearly 3 years ago: making baby booties.
You see, I tried doing this before Xander was born and I ended up just failing miserably.
But this time I was going to rock at it.
So, someone gave me a nifty tutorial for how to make booties.
CLICK HERE to see!
It is a darling tute! But I didn't have any felt lying around and I loathe tying baby shoes with ribbon.
So, I did the logical thing and decided to tweak the design to what I wanted.
I have mountains of fleece so I pulled it out and went for it.
Here is my first attempt:
But not great either.
I put elastic inside to tighten them up and it made thing look less than awesome to me.
I made a few more and had the same result. These are all good enough booties mind you, but not quite what I wanted.
So I was stewing over it last night and had my "aha" moment. I decided to just reverse the construction order and that would make all happy!
So I tried it this morning and it worked!
I did one with elastic and while it was better I still was pretty "eh" about the elastic.
The next one I made I forgot to put in the elastic and I was getting rather upset until I realized that fleece is a "sticky" fabric. Baby socks stick to it as do pants and leggings. Babies don't need shoes that will stay on while they crawl about or run a marathon (newborns people, newborns!). They need foot coverings. And these foot coverings are just fine without the elastic (I think, won't know until I find a newborn to try them on.)
I feel pretty good about it. I even took some pics to show you what I did that is different from that tutorial.
Each bootie has 3 pieces.
I pin on the heel part first and sew it on .
I think they are adorable!
I left the edges more raw because fleece won't fray and I like the more rustic look of the booties this way.
These won't be tight on a baby's foot, but I am pretty confident they will stay on as well as any baby booties do (and lets face it, those puppies never stay on.)
I used a lovely sage green thread with this grey booties and you can't tell in the pic, but it looks way nice.
I have a ton of fleece around here and while some is going to pants for night time diapers (like the wool pants) I have so many scraps just the right size for booties.
Now here is hoping they work they way I predict they will! Either way they are cute!