DIY Moccasins for Children

DIY baby moccasinsAdorable baby moccasinsDIY baby moccasinsFinding cute shoes for babies and toddlers can be hard sometimes. I'm always on the lookout for adorable footwear, but often I'm unwilling to pay the high price for something I know my kiddos will only wear for a season or two. I came across this tutorial last year for felt baby shoes, and realized I could slightly modify this pattern for kid's moccasins made from leather scraps!Baby moccasin steps1. To create a pattern for your moccasins, trace around an existing pair of shoes. Measure the perimeter of the sole piece to get the dimensions for the top piece. You can cut it down if needed. 2. Connect the top piece at the toe and stitch a short line along the toe. You don't have to pin this, but if you do make sure it is on the seam where you will be sewing.  3. (optional) Tape off the sole of the shoe with masking tape and paint. Let dry and remove the tape. 4. Flip the top piece and sole inside-out and line them up. You can pin this as well, but if you do make sure you pin where you will be sewing. 5. Sew around the outside of the shoe with a sewing machine. Flip right-side-out. 6. Add any embellishments you want and enjoy your new moccasins with your favorite little one! Baby Moccasin DIYBaby Moccasin DIYBaby Moccasin DIYBaby Moccasin DIYTips: *Because you are sewing with a machine and flipping them right-side-out, make the toe of your shoe extra wide. It took me a couple of pairs to realize that. Even though it might look funny in the beginning stages, it is necessary to get a wearable shoe.

*Painting the bottom of the shoe is best for babies who don't walk.  Make sure you use non-toxic paint for little ones, though. Babies love to put those little toes in their mouths! (I used Martha Stewart Acrylic Paint)

*For any trim you may want to add, use a Crop-A-Dile tool. It will save your hands!

*If you are new to sewing leather, you may want to check out this post on tips for sewing leather.

*If the top part of your shoe is a bit large you can insert a pleat at the back and tie it tight with a leather cord.Baby Moccasin DIYI've been making these sweet little shoes for every little one I know. These are going to make the cutest gifts this holiday season!!

xoxo. Katie

  • How cute is this little girl in the dotted dress? Dots seem to make everything cuter.

  • They are precious! And I can imagine the tiny feet going into them. Those are the cutest shoes I’ve ever seen.
    happy crafting!

  • There adorable! After seeing this i’m inspired to make a pair for my nieces. Thanks for sharing! Very nice moccasins.

  • You must have read my mind! I keep looking at shoes like this for my bump but with prices being around £20+, is seems a little crazy when they’ll only wear them for a few months. Going to have a go without the fray. Rx

  • Great tutorial! I too think shoes for babies/toddlers are ridiculous and overpriced. Plus they always seem to be so uncomfortable for them!! This seems very easy and you can customize however you want – I have an aversion to super gendered clothes for little ones. Little girls don’t have to have PINK and BUTTERFLIES all the time!!!

    Strive to Thrive,

  • Soooo….. cute! I hope to be a crafty mom one day 🙂


  • I LOVE these for my boys. Not sure I’m crafy enough to make them, but I’m sure going to try!

  • SO precious. I’m going to send this to my friends who have little ones! They’ll love it

  • this is the most adorable thing I have ever seen!!

  • These are super cute!… top tip when sewing curves… if you clip your curves then they will be round not pointy when you turn them in!

  • These shoes are just precious! I never thought to do this! I don’t have any children, but I’ve always worried about where I would get baby clothes if I did. I quite dislike all the bright, glittery, and cartoon character marked clothing you find for most young kids. Can’t wait to try this out!

  • This is the COOLEST idea EVER! I need to do it for my baby boy 🙂
    thank you!!

  • Wow. So great idea. I would like to try it too. Great.

    Have a nice day.

  • Oooh I”m bookmarking this to make for my nephew!! I love getting my nieces and nephews adorable little shoes, but you’re right about the cost. Unless they get handed down fifty times, it doesn’t seem worth it!

  • What a brilliant idea, thank you for sharing! Now I just need some little ones to make these for. [:

  • This is the most adorable thing ever! 😀

    Aoife x

  • Aaaaw, so cute! Especially love the green ones! xx

  • Holy Cow, these are ADORABLE!

    xxx Sabrina

  • Oh so cute! If I only knew people with little children… I would make moccasins for them all!

  • These are sooo cute!!! what a great idea! So bad that I’m not crafty at all 🙁 lol

  • These are the cutest things! They will make such perfect gifts for baby showers!

    Fang Ting

  • OH – those moccs are so cute, and I bet they’re comfy!
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  • Ahhhh! So cute! I want to make these for me!!
    xo Heather

  • LOVE THIS! Will be welcoming a few babies in the new year so I better get to making these as presents

  • Adorable!!!

  • so cute..oh My God you really creative. 🙂

  • I love these! I think I want to try to make some for myself!

  • These are so cute! I want some for myself! 🙂

    Stephanie May*

  • I shared this on my blog’s fb page, I love it!!!

  • These are so adorable! I don’t have kids, but there are three new baby girls and a baby boy in my family… I think moccasins might be just the thing to make them for Christmas!

  • Those are so cute. Love the idea!

    Rachel Nicole

    ps-giveaway at my blog!

  • These are so. stinkin. cute. WOW!
    Sarah M

    PS-is the paint for a non-slick bottom?

    Sarah M

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