sunday shoes

Oscar needed a pair of shoes to go with his church outfit, so I whipped these up using the Stardust Shoes pattern. For a change, I added the little strap with a button closure (really easy to do and really dresses up the shoe, don't you think?).

One of my resolutions is to get organized, so one thing I am trying to do is whittle down my ever-growing fabric stash by using up what I already have on hand. Also, I'm trying to use recycled fabrics whenever possible. The outer fabric on these shoes is from an old wool skirt, and the lining is from one of Jared's old button down shirts.

Unfortunately, the shoes only fit without socks, which just won't work for a NY winter, so I'm going to make a bigger pair. Any suggestions for round 2?

27 comments:

Jen said...

first, love those shoes! super cute. second, i've not a crafty bone in my body so my suggestions might sound quite lame. BUT to warm the inside up, and going eco friendly with recycled goods, what about using fabric from towels? or sweatshirt material to line the inside? see? lame-o suggestions. but dang it...he's so stinkin' CUTE!

Nicole said...

Very cute! I like the button closure a lot. I like to line my baby shoes with flannel so they are soft and cozy with or without socks. Also, if you have corduroy that would make a nice outside.

mau said...

line them with flannel or what about minky? Also why not make them like a pair of boots add a cuff with a button also. He is so cute and has gotten so big. Happy New Year.

Rachel said...

Very cute!

Just one suggestion... tell the cutie to stop growing so you can sew him something before he's too big! :)

noellesumma said...

Old denim lined with something soft, like polar fleece.

noellesumma said...

p.s. The shoes are almost as adorable as your babe!

gigi said...

Shoes or no shoes he is just the cutest think ever!

Angela said...

Adorable!!

Dana and Daisy said...

I think a little top stitching on edges of the strap would look cute! Time permitting of course.

Stacey said...

I want a "new" t-shirt for my little one! That is adorable!

Ashlee said...

I tried making some by just enlarging the stardust pattern and it didn't quite work. I found you have to make the sole longer, but not wider. On the top of the shoe you'll have to make the top arch a little longer and a little wider near the straight edge..if that makes sense. Make the heel a little longer too, but not much. Good luck, I'm excited to see how they'll turn out! He's a cutie..it's amazing how fast they grow! Mine is 19 months now and I keep telling him to stop growing, but he doesn't listen!

Sara said...

No suggestions, but he's so cute! I can't stand it! If you figure out how to make them bigger, please share!

I'm surrounded by babies in my family right now and I'm tired of making them baby items. I want one of my own to make for, dangit! (I love them tho!)

Doug and Stacey said...

I think the idea of corduroy would be cute for black sunday shoes. The large would be hard to work with so try the baby corduroy. I would use flannel for the linning and then make him a bow-tie out of the fannel to match the inside of the shoes. Would be so cute with black pants and a little black vest.

Jana said...

I love using recycled fabric... My husband always asks me to just DI my clothes, but I can't do it. I proved to him why I keep them the other day - I was quite impressed with myself - I didn't have zippers for these little wallets I was making and it was WAY too late to go to the store... so I ripped out the zippers from my old work jeans.. worked like a charm!

ATSmith said...

I like the top stitch suggestion. Have you considered making the strap out of a contrasting color to liven them up a bit? Just a humble suggestion from a very beginner seamstress : ) Wonderful shoes!

evilcheekyweemonkey said...

Blue suede shoes? :D

Heidi said...

Love the shoes! You are inspiring me to save old shirts to use for projects. I can't every bear to put them in the garbage. Thanks for sharing!

Melissa said...

So glad I stumbled across your site and now I can't wait for entries. How do you go from the original stardust pattern to a strap across the top? I have made many pairs from the original stardust pattern but I just need a few tips on how to add strap. Button in decoration only, not functional, right?

Orange Peanut said...

The shoes turned out so cute! A perfect use of extra fabric!

Team Simmons said...

Jill, what kind of felt did you use for the monster hoodie, did you double it and then flip inside out? I would like to try my hand at making one into a monster towel, any tips?

Jill said...

Team Simmons -

I used regular old craft felt, and it was just a single layer.

Smush said...

I just found your blog and love all the crafts you do and the tutorials you offer up! They're all fantastic!! and Oscar is just to cute to not keep up with. WE have a five month old girl emily. And my husband posts about her (with pictures of course!) on timtredwell.blogspot.com. Keep up the good work!!! -Kate

Little Birdie Secrets said...

Those are so precious!!

sara said...

Just recently found your blog and love it. I spent way too long in the archives and have ordered the onesie cookie cutters for several upcoming births (including my own son!)I need tips for the icing though...I think you said you ordered it from a local NYC place and I am in Kentucky (though we come to Manhattan once a summer for shopping and fun)
I love everything you do and can't wait for more of your creative ideas!
(in case you're wondering, I linked to you through Eddie Ross...but unfortunately cannot recall how I got to him??)
If you visit my blog...check out my DIY Jones Soda labels for my daughter's first birthday party. Since you like creative things (an will be hosting a first birthday before you know it!) it might be of interest to you. It should still be on the main page...though it will be near the bottom.
Anyway, nice to *meet* you!

Betsy said...

Those are adorable.

Sarah said...

Jill,
You're so smart to reuse old clothes for fabric. Makes me want to rethink my Goodwill pile!

-Sarah from Create Studio
www.createstudio.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

On this website, she has different sizes for her pattern, which is very similar to the stardust:

http://blog.ohelene.net/?p=13

How long does it normally take you to make a pair of these?