DIY / Cosmic Baby Booties

This little project is great for a rainy day or for those nights where you wake up unable to rest your mind. I found it very relaxing because putting together all the little parts are a form of kinetic meditation. I did it in two hours taking breaks, but this could be done over the course of a few weeks. Have a little one on the way? This would be a great project to do while you dream of your little baby’s face.

I was inspired to make these booties when I realized my little girl had grown out of all her shoes! Viva doesn’t really need shoes, but her little feet were bare and, in my opinion, in need of cute booties.

I’d seen several tutorials where the author made a version of these shoes. I looked through my craft box and dug out a few supplies.

 

 

Supplies

Supplies

 

Embellishing supplies.

Embellishing supplies.

 

Basically, I gathered:

  • A baby shoe (as a guide)
  • 3 pieces of craft felt
  • Scissors
  • A marker
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Thimble
Use the shoe as a guide. I drew the outline a little larger since the guide shoe was already too small.

Use the shoe as a guide. I drew the outline a little larger since the guide shoe was already too small. Repeat 4 times because you will be using one color as the sole and the other as the insole.

Cut out the "beans".

Cut out the “beans”.

Two more!

Two more!

After cutting out the bean-shaped felt, I set them aside and busied myself with making the top part of the bootie. I looked at a few designs here and here before settling on the shape. After I drew them out, I noticed they looked like helmets!

"Helmet"

“Helmet” shape

I cut out four of these helmet shapes because I wanted to have the inside of the bootie be a different color than the outside. They would also be much warmer in winter with a double layer.

The four helmets.

The four helmets.

After looking around the internet, I wanted more than just booties, I wanted COSMIC BOOTIES! So I made two little pink felt circles.

Embellishments

Embellishments

I used a lighter pink to add the "rings" of Saturn.

I used a lighter pink to add the “rings” of Saturn.

 

Next, I used the embroidery thread to stitch around the edge of the felt. Then I joined the back of the shoe.

This part was a little tricky because I wanted the “ugly part” to be on the inside and the outside to have a pretty line. Take your time here.

After the four helmet pieces were sewn (as contrasting cold pairs) together, I did the same with the “beans” or insoles/soles.

Then I stitched the bottom onto the top!

BEHOLD!

Embrace the Wabi-sabi of my Cosmic Booties!

Embrace the Wabi-sabi of my Cosmic Booties!

 

I used some leftover ribbon from another project to make the little bows. They are a little bit wonky, but they were made with my own two hands and I can be proud of them because I made them for Viva. She only wore them once, but I’ll keep them for her to see when she is older.

Did you make your own pair of booties? I want to see them! Feel free to send in your photos!

 

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