I have seen these adorable barefoot baby sandals all over Pinterest, so I decided to try my hand at making a pair for baby Caroline yesterday and I'm not ashamed to admit that they turned out pretty awesome for my first pair! I still have some finish work to do on the straps before they are complete, but I wanted to share how I made them for anyone else wanting to give it a whirl. It wasn't hard at all, but it was pretty time consuming.
You will need:
an old t-shirt or abour 1/2 yard of cotton material
Felt to match the t-shirt
Needle and thread to match t-shirt
A few free hours to cut out flower shapes! No, seriously...
I started by cutting the hem off the bottom of the t-shirt, then cutting 2 strips off the bottom about an inch wide. Cut the loops of shirt so that they are just a long strand, then measure and cut 6 4" strips off the long strand. Next, you will need to cut 2 oval shapes out of the felt measuring about an inch and a half each way, one for each shoe. You will sew 3 of the strands on the long side of the felt oval, making a loop to the other side and sewing a loop as pictured below.
Next, get to cutting out your flower shapes, because you will need 18 of them and this is the most time consuming part of this whole project. My flowers measured about 2 inches across and you need 9 per shoe.
Take one flower at a time and fold it in half, then in half again. You will sew the bottom point of this folder flower on one quarter of the top of your felt shoe, then repeat with three more floded flowers, making all the points meet in the center of the felt as seen below.
One last picture to share...I had my little pup, Dixie model one of the pair :) As you can tell, she was thrilled to help out!