Hello, hello! As promised, here's a free shoe tutorial using this Butterfly Boots pattern. This is a basic shoe construction for any doll footwear, whether it be shoes or boots. You will see how easy it is to do this, I promise.
Let's talk about the boots pattern for a moment. The cut outs on the side of the boots are totally optional. Without the cut outs, they are your classic boots.
Here are the materials you will need for this project:
Vinyl or leather - I like Vinyl because it is inexpensive and relatively easy to find. Speaking of vinyl, do not use costume vinyl; it is too flimsy for this project. You want something sturdy. Leather scraps would also work well. As your local leather accessory makers if they have any scraps - you will only need about 10"x11".
Trim (1/4" - 3/8" wide) - Grosgrain ribbon, braided trim, sequin trim or any other trim will work.
Cardboard - Cereal or cookie box will work.
6mm foam - You can find this in craft stores.
Glue - Alternately, I used rubber cement (please observe caution when using this type of glue, always use in a well ventilated room) and glue sticks. Always use glue sticks sparingly to avoid bulky glue residue in the shoe.
Hobby Knife - Such as X-Acto® Knife
Shoe laces of your choice - Ribbon or polycord.
For the purposes of this tutorial, I have condensed the steps to the basics of shoe making. More details and tips are on the actual pattern.
Are your ready? Let's do this!!
That's it! Your doll can now rock these new boots. Tip: I have a pair of old doll legs that I bought off of eBay that I use for shoe making. It helps when making shoes, acting as shoe lasts, when molding the shoes. Please see below for patterns that require no or optional sewing. You'll be surprised how addicting shoe making can be. Try it today!
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