my contest entry

The Michael Miller Baby Bootie Contest deadline is today! Here is my final entry:


Thanks again to everyone who gave me suggestions on how to improve my shoes - as you can see, I really took them into consideration.

A few of the changes that I made:
  • A darker fabric to make the white elastic "pop"
  • A white trim around the bottom to make them look more like tennis shoes
  • A more interesting liner fabric
  • A brighter sole (quilted this time)
I'm very pleased with the final result and can't wait to see them on my boy (they'll match perfectly with the necktie onesie I made him).


Also, thanks for the photography advice and the tip on the awesome photo editing site, http://www.picnik.com/. I love it! Apologies for not shooting these outside, on some nice green grass, as many of you suggested. Unfortunately, there is no natural sunlight available at 2:30am, and if I'm not a procrastinator, I don't know what I am. :) Next time!

Here's a photo to give you an idea of the size - I think they'll fit a baby from about 6-12 months.

Thanks again for all your advice and support!

You can view all the entries for the contest here.

59 comments:

scrappysue said...

they look fantastic! i look fwd to hearing how the contest goes!

Amy said...

Adorable! Good luck with the contest!

Jodie said...

They are super super cute. I'll have my fingers crossed for you

Jenn said...

Those are great! Nice job :)

ashley said...

great shoes! it will be so fun when you can finally put them on your own little baby boy! :)

Anonymous said...

winner - for sure - over the top cute... love them - thanks for sharing your talents!

Lea-Ann said...

They are way cute! Kudos!

jlk said...

Wow! Those are fantastic. I hope you win!

Angela said...

They came out perfect! I love the final product! Good luck--I hope you win!

Nicole said...

Darling shoes! Adorable!The link to the photo site doesn't seem right...is it really www.piknic.com ?

Jill said...

thanks for the heads-up. The photo site is:
http://www.picnik.com/

AlexisTexas said...

those are absolutely adorable. I wish i could find shoes as cute as those anywhere for my son. he literally is not wearing shoes most of the time right now because i hate all the booties out there! good luck-i'd vote for them!

Sants said...

Those are absolutely the cutest booties I have seen in my entire life! I cannot imagine any that are more cute. It is so hard to find fabulous boy stuff but you really nailed it.

Will you be selling the shoes or the pattern on Etsy? (say yes say yes say yes!)

Excellent job!

Stampin' Cindy said...

These turned out great!!! Love the addition of the white trim at the bottom - totally makes them look like rubber trim!! Best of luck!!!

Lori Beth said...

Those came out so freakin' adorable!! You are so talented! Good Luck!!

Amber P. said...

Congrats on getting them done in time. They are adorable. I really like the white trim; they really do look like little tennis shoes! But even better because they are soft-soled shoes.

coryshay said...

darling shoes jill

Oliver Rain said...

Great job, Jill. They are adorable.

perilloparodies said...

LOVE THEM!!! they turned out gorgeously!!!! and also lovin that sock monkey quilt. well done. and hope all goes well with the contest. when do you find out the results? hope you are feeling well. have a great day.

Wendy said...

Oh. My. Goodness. Those have to be the cutest shoes EVER!!! Good luck!!

Anonymous said...

Those are AMAZING! You are just so darn talented. They will make any baby boy look so GQ!

christa said...

SO adorable! I hope you win!

Steph said...

Holla!!!

Those rock. Great job, Jill.

jezebelsk said...

Those are just darling! Good luck!

Stephanie Sabbe said...

I love them! I always root for the original ideas and boy crafts are way harder, so good job.

mamabear said...

Those are amazing?! Are you planning on sharing the pattern in the future?! They are gorgeous! I can't imagine that you wouldn't win!

reliv4life said...

You get first place in my book - AMAZING!!!!!! I can not imagine making something that looks that good!

Carpenter's said...

Jill,

I am so envious of your craftiness!These shoes are the best EVER! I hope and pray that you win.

Just wanted to throw my 2 cents your way with baby boy names :) I think these are EXCEPTIONAL names.

Owen and Miles-Just to give you some more ideas :) I am sure that you are already going through books.

Kelli said...

Very very cute. I cant sew for the life of me so anything you do is great but these are wonderful. Very very cute (again)

TheDillon6 said...

Those are BEAUTIFUL! It almost makes me want to have another baby. ;)

Good Luck!!

Hippie Family... said...

Those are soo cute!!! I love them.. good luck!!

Angie said...

So cute!! Good job! Are you going to do a tutorial on how you made them? I would love to know!?

Kellie said...

Oooooh Jill, they turned out so.so.so cute!

Casey said...

they look great!! you should sell some, I'd love a pair of those for my boy

Tevita and Liz said...

love love love 'em. you're a "shoe in"! ewww, sorry about that attempt at bootie humor. no kidding though, these shoes have a real shot!

Carla Anne said...

Jill,

Just looked at the other booties in the contest and I have to say I like yours the best and it's not just cause you're our Megan's bff. Yours are sweetly simple and not overwhelmed by weird fabric that takes away from the cuteness of the shoe. Good luck!

Amy said...

Those are adorable!!! I would buy these for my soon to be nephew... I think you should sell them! let me know if you do!

The Mecham Family said...

They are so great!!!! I LOVE THEM! Great job!

Victoria said...

I absolutely LOVE these shoes!! I wish you well with the contest!

bec said...

very very cute. i am sure your little boy will look very handsome in them :)

BreAnna said...

Jill those are awesome, they turned out SO great! I can't wait to see them on him either!

Mary said...

Those look awesome! Good luck.

New England Quilter said...

OMG - those are just darling!

Sarita Leone said...

Too adorable! Good luck!

Lindsey said...

What a smart design!
I hope you win, and you're going to have one happy, stylish little boy with all the baby goods you've made over time!

gigi said...

I'm a lurker to your site but I did want to wish you "good Luck" those are way cute and just adorable!

Angie said...

Very nice! Love the improvements you made. They look just like a little pair of sneaks!

Angie said...

I think you should win! they are so cute!

Julie said...

I love them! When/how can I get a pair. :)

Abby said...

I absolutely adore these shoes--great job Jill!

perilloparodies said...

so... when do you get the results of the contest? i am so excited for you and itching to know... :-)

MoSchu said...

Those turned out awesome! Good luck!

mamabear said...

What was the name of the fabric that you used? I know that you said it was by Moda, but could you let me know exactly where to find that particular striped fabric?

Also, I was wondering if you could do a post about quilting- so a beginner could learn what quilting is all about, maybe show some simple patterns and explain what these quarters fat rolls are all about?

Thank you for your blog!

Jen Anderson said...

Beautiful shoes! Would love to buy a pair :) Saw your link on Marta's blog, love your blog, very fun!

Jill said...

mamabear -

Sorry to say I don't know the exact fabric name. I bought a fat quarter at a store here in NY called The City Quilter on 25th St.

Also, I am totally a beginner sewer and quilter. I have made one very basic block quilt and am working on two at the moment, but I am still pretty clueless myself.

There are tutorials all over online though - check out the patchwork blanket tutorial at Happy Things:
http://happythings.typepad.com/happythings/2006/10/tutorial_chenil.html

and Heather Bailey's quilt binding tutorial:
http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/photos/continuous_quiltbinding/

The Emilee Grace Company said...

Wow, those came out great. You did an awesome job. :)

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Haley Rebecca said...

Can you do a tutorial on these PLLLEAAAAAAAAAASEEEEEEEE?? I love these