I don't know about you, but for me, this is the Summer of the baby shower. I love finding a perfect gift for a friend, but when it comes to babies, I'm a little lost. A few months ago, I came across these amazing patterns to make baby shoes and I decided to make my prego friends a pair of handmade mocs for their wee little one.
El Cosmico. We both have a bohemian side that doesn't always show but it's there, somewhere. When Jora asked me to put together a post while she is away, I decided these summer shoes for your kidlets might be the perfect project to share.
Things you'll need.
- A small hide (or remnant) of super soft and buttery leather. The weight is a 3-4 ounce.
- A pattern from Sewing with Me. It's only $4.50 and there are tons of styles. If mocs make you cringe, try the little Mary Janes!
- A hole punch with that is the diameter of your needle (super small). You can pick this up at a craft store like Michaels or Jo-Ann's.
- Heavy duty thread for top stitching
- Heavy duty needle for top-stitching through the leather.
- Sewing machine with a needle for leather. You can hand sew this. I would ONLY hand sew this if I have a sharp needle that will punch through the leather. Using a hole punch to hand sew would be painful and time consuming.
- About 2.5-3 hours. I did the top stitching while watching a movie last night.
In all, these little mocs took me under 3 hours. I had a hard time with my needle not being sharp enough, luckily, I had the hold punch that worked out perfectly. So if your needle is sharp enough, you won't need the hole punch for top stitching.
I adapted the pattern to add some fringe. Gotta have that fringe. My next pair I'm planning to adapt a little more too, to be more like the mocs I wear, more often that I would like to admit. These shoes are com-fy! And that's that. Have a great weekend!
Photos: K.I.D. Collective iphone