What you'll need: Leather or faux leather(make sure it's not too thick for the needle to go through).
1. One square foot of fabric(depending on your child's shoe size).
2.Wax coated string. You can use regular heavy duty string, but the wax coated is really easy to work with.
3.A strong needle!
4.Scissors or an exacto knife.
If you live in Springfield, go to Springfield Leather! They have so much to choose from, and they are very nice. If you don't have a local leather shop, you can shop at Springfield Leather online: http://
+++I measured everything on my baby, she is a size 5 infant. Measuring your child will help you when buying your materials.+++
Cut 3/4 inch wide strip of leather. The length should be your previous measurement. Place the strip so it fits right under the toes. Turn one side under and sew it to the sole. Be sure to get the edges as close together as possible. Sew the other side, and make sure it is secure enough to hold wriggly toes!
Turn it under and sew it on the edge of the heel.
Next, take your leather string and tie it around your child's ankle. I I didn't want mine to be too "strappy", so I just put it around her ankle twice.
Mark where you would like it, and cut it.
Take the middle of the leather and sew it along the upper part of the heal support.
There you go! These shoes are perfect for beginning walkers and soft enough for babies who can't walk yet. Have a lovely weekend! Janae