I made Penny some boots for the cooler weather heading our way. Partly as a slipper to wear around the house to keep her feet warm, but I decided to use real leather so they will hold up well for outdoor wear as well. The leather? I purchased a few dreamy pelts from Mood (this one is the Ambrosia Green Lamb. I ordered a small but they seem to only have medium left) I was nervous venturing into working with real leather, but after working with a lot a faux leathers, and becoming in love with leather this season I decided it was time. You know what? I love working with leather. The smell, the feel (oh so buttery soft) It’s so durable, and wonderful.
I think working with real leather makes the difference, it’s so much softer and more pliable than working with a pleather or vinyl. The end result is just perfection. So I made these boots, they are tall boots, with fringe detail.
I did back slits, for easy wear, (to fit over pants comfortably) and for a pop of the lining. (in this case a floral)
I really love these boots, I love watching the fringe dance and move around when she moves.
I am sharing the free pattern for these boots. (roughly a size 5 toddler)
Fringe Baby Boots Pattern
You will need:
1/4 yard (or small pelt) leather (or other fabric for outer)
1/4 yard fabric for lining
Sew pattern with a 3/8″ seam allowance
Now for the sewing. Match up the center of the toe piece along the straight edge and the center of the curve in the main piece. You are going to sew the straight edge to the curve. Which can be tricky but just go slow and make sure those center points stay matched up.
Sewn it will look like this.
Then fold the boot piece so right sides are together and sew up the back stopping at the point marked on the pattern piece.
Cut a slit in to the seam allowance (don’t cut the stitches)
Then turn the boot right side out and you have the top of the outer boot done.
Repeat those steps for the lining.
With right sides together match up the lining and the outer. Sew along the top edge and down the back slit and across where the seam is. Clip the corners.
Turn the boot right side out and topstitch if you like.
For the sole. Place two sole pieces together wrong side together (make sure they match up when wrong sides are together)
Then with right sides together sew the soles to the top of the boot. Match up the center heel with the center toe of the upper boot and the sole. Sew carefully to get a nice smooth and even stitch line.
Trim around the seam allowance to minimize bulk.
Turn the boot right side out. It helps to roll the seam between your fingers to get the seam to lay nice and flat.
Now you have a boot. Which is a fine stopping point if you are anti fringe, but since I love fringe I added it.
Following the fringe guide on the pattern cut a rectangle out. Then cut slits into the rectangle stopping a little before the top.
Continue the cutting of strips until you have a nice fringe.
Sew the fringe along the top of the boot.
Repeat all the steps to create a second boot.
Then there you have it. A cute little pair of fringe baby boots.
That are so cute on and dance all about.
Penny loved her new boots and loved playing with the fringe. (she is also wearing a Glass Onion Top)
Tips for sewing with leather:
- Use a leather needle
- Instead of using tape or a special sewing foot I adjusted my tension and stitch length
- Lower the tension, lengthen the stitch
- Sew slowly
- Don’t use pins as they will poke unwanted holes in the leather
Where I buy leather: