Free Baby Sandals Pattern

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Learn how to make baby sandals from a sewing pattern. Use leather or faux leather for soft but protective baby shoes!

My son loves walking and running around, but he always scrapes his toes. There was one month where he scratched his toe so many times it almost never stopped bleeding. It was so hard to find sandals that actually covered the toes.

I decided to try to make some sandals that would protect his toes. I made some for his Spring/Summer collection, but that first attempt had some flaws. I tried again knowing what will work best for a busy toddler, so I’m sharing a free baby sandals pattern!

Free Baby Sandals Pattern

What leather or faux leather works best for leather baby shoes?

My favorite fabric to use for leather baby shoes is real leather that is about 3 to 4 oz. per square feet or a 1.2-1.6 mm thickness. This is a medium to lightweight leather that is still strong and sturdy, easy to sew with a sewing machine, but it’s still soft enough for baby feet to be comfortable.

I’ve also use faux leather fabric that I’ve found at fabric stores that was a similar weight and thickness as leather. It’s just as easy to sew, it’s easy to find, and it’s strong and sturdy. The only thing I don’t like about using faux leather is that it’s a little less breathable for baby feet.

Tips for working with and sewing leather:

Leather is easy to draw pattern pieces on, and it’s easy to cut with scissors. Leather cannot be pinned with pins so you must use clips to hold pieces together.

You need a thicker sewing machine needle like a 100/16 or a leather sewing machine needle. Sewing on leather creates holes that will never go away even if you seam rip to fix a mistake.

If the leather has a hard time moving through the sewing machine under the foot, then put a piece of scotch tape on each side of the foot (sticky side up onto the bottom of the foot) to create a more slippery surface for the leather to move under.

Free Baby Sandals Pattern

What is a PDF sewing pattern?

A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on the computer and organized so that it can be printed on several letter or A4 size pieces of paper.

I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets ruined or if my children or I changed sizes, I can always print it again. It’ll never be destroyed since I have a digital version!

How do you use a PDF sewing pattern?

Open the PDF on a computer and click print. When printing make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the pattern prints at the correct size.

Once the pattern is printed it can be taped together to get the full size. Then the pattern can be cut for each pattern piece size or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again.

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Free Baby Sandals Pattern

Free Baby Sandals Pattern

Supplies

1. Cut out the patterns.

FREE PATTERN: Size 4 Leather Sandals

2. Pin and sew the cut-out piece to the solid piece on the outside edge.

FREE PATTERN: Size 4 Leather Sandals

3. Sew straight lines down the center of the cut-outs to stabilize them.

FREE PATTERN: Size 4 Leather Sandals

4. I decided to cut out a thick vinyl piece to go right on top of the bottom piece. Trim the edges to match.

FREE PATTERN: Size 4 Leather Sandals

5. Take the two top pieces and sew them together around the edges. Pin if you’d like.

FREE PATTERN: Size 4 Leather Sandals
FREE PATTERN: Size 4 Leather Sandals

6. Trim the edges to match. 
7. Line up the sewn bottom piece with the top piece and sew around the foot.

FREE PATTERN: Size 4 Leather Sandals
FREE PATTERN: Size 4 Leather Sandals

8. Fold the flaps in towards the foot and sew with a zigzag around the foot shape.

FREE PATTERN: Size 4 Leather Sandals

It should look like this.

FREE PATTERN: Size 4 Leather Sandals

9. Trim off the edges the extend over the foot shape.

FREE PATTERN: Size 4 Leather Sandals

10. Fold the front and back flap over 1/2″ and sew.

FREE PATTERN: Size 4 Leather Sandals

11. Cut two slits in the front to slide the side flaps through.

FREE PATTERN: Size 4 Leather Sandals

I pinned my flaps so I could try it on my son. I then hand-sewed the flaps together.

FREE PATTERN: Size 4 Leather Sandals

12. Measure so elastic that fits around your child’s ankle. Slide it through the front and the back and sew it together. Hide the joining in one of the flaps.

FREE PATTERN: Size 4 Leather Sandals

That’s it! Now you have some cute, “free” sandals for the summer!

FREE PATTERN: Size 4 Leather Sandals
FREE PATTERN: Size 4 Leather Sandals

Get the Free Sewing Pattern Below!

Get the free sandals sewing pattern

If you make something using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me! 

Free Baby Sandals Pattern

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Awesome!! I bet they're easy to put on with those elastic straps. And loving the way you made the grippy bottom. I linked to your pattern over at Craft Gossip:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/free-pattern-toddler-boy-sandals/2013/07/19/
–Anne

Great idea. I'm not spending on clothes, but it's harder for the shoes department. I am lucky though, a friend has just given a bag full of shoes from her daughter and they are new! <3