I have always loved hand making items for family and friends. 2015 was a busy year, aside from a growing a baby I made 5 baby blankets! In 2016, my friends were having more babies, I decided to go a different route. I saw these Mary Jane shoes on Pinterest. I thought they would be so cute to make for my friend and for my little one. The instructions were a little overwhelming and long. I don’t enjoy making complicated things. I honestly do better looking at the final product and then figuring out in my head how I want to tackle this. For those of you who have the same mindset as I do I hope you will find this post to be helpful.
- sewing machine
- sewing needle
- 1/4 yard of cotton fabric (outside of the shoe)
- 1/4 yard of cotton fabric (lining of the shoe)
- coordinating thread
I recommend using cotton fabric because it will hold up better as far as the structure of the shoe goes. I purchased 1/4 of fabric because I was making 2 pairs of shoes, plus I wanted extra fabric in case of any mistakes.
I found this free pattern for Mary Jane shoes online
Step 1: Cut out the pattern. Fold the fabric in half and pin the patterns to it. Place the top pattern piece on the fold.
Step 3: With the right sides together fold the pieces in half.
Step 8: Sew the top raw edges of the shoes together with a 1/4-inch seam.
Step 9: Now its time to turn the shoes right-side out, pull them through the 1 inch openings in the back of the lining.
Step 11: For the top strap, I estimated the width of a baby’s foot by using my child’s foot as the model. I hand stitched the strap to both sides of the shoe.