felt baby booties

Felt Baby Booties: Kunin Felt & Eileen Hull

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Posted on May 21st, 2017 in Crafts. 17 Comments.

My dear friends just had a baby boy, and I wanted to make a little something for the little guy. Well, it just so happened that this month for Eileen Hull’s design inspiration team, we got to play with Kunin Felt, and I thought how fun it would be to make a pair of felt baby booties. So I scoured my supply of Eileen’s Sizzix dies looking for something I could fashion booties from. (Of course, Eileen did have a bootie die from a few seasons back, but I don’t have it, and it’s no longer available.)

It must be all those geometry and calculus classes I had to take in school, but I figured out how to make a bootie using two of her dies: the Travel Trailer and the Adirondack Chair.sizzix

The Kunin felt went through the Big Shot die cutter like buttah. The main part of the shoe is from the travel trailer, and the trim is from the adirondack chair. I used two colors for contrast, and blue and yellow happened to be the colors for the baby shower.

Okay, notice that on the blue piece of felt, from the travel trailer die, there are more circular curves at the back and more angled curves at the front. The angled curved pieces in the front will be the front of the baby bootie. I overlapped the two front pieces together like I was making a cone and glued them together with Fast Grab Tacky Glue from Aleene’s. It holds on contact so you don’t have to wait around for it to dry. I left an opening at the bottom of the “cone” though, since I didn’t want a point-toed bootie. And we’ll be using that opening later.trailer

Then I overlapped the two round sections in the back and glued them together.felt bootie

I rolled the top edges down and glued them to form a “collar” for the bootie.felt bootie

Next, I took the piece from the adirondack chair die and put that through the front and back openings, with the rounded part in front.sizzix bootie

I folded up the rounded part in front and glued it down to form the toe cap. It’s looking more like a bootie now, right?sizzix bootieAnd in the back, I tucked the contrasting felt piece on the inside, gluing that in place as well.sizzix bootie

We need laces for our bootie, so I punched two holes in the front for them with a Fiskars 1/16″ hand punch. I couldn’t believe how easily the punch was able to cleanly go through two layers of felt. Yay!fiskars punch

Then I just thread some cord through the holes and tied the laces. baby bootie

I just love the way they turned out. The way the felt overlaps in the front at an angle gives the booties a really hip style. (Oh, if you’re making a pair, overlap the two in opposite directions.) And I love the little contrast details. These will make a very sweet keepsake gift for my friends’ baby. Now I hope more friends have babies so I can make more booties. But I’m not helping change diapers. Uncle Jonathan has to draw the line somewhere.felt baby booties

Disclosure: I received Sizzix, Kunin Felt and Aleene’s products to create the project in this post. I did not get paid. (As if.) All opinions are truthful and are mine.

17 Comments

  1. I would NEVER have guessed which dies you used to create the booties – genius! LOVE how your creative mind works and I bet those adorable little shoes will be a big hit.

  2. Eileen hull says:

    Oh no WAY! This is amazing-had no idea how versatile that Adirondack Chair could be. Of course it takes a brain like yours to see the vision. Well done oh awesome craft husband!

  3. Mitsyana says:

    Oh, my word!!! This is FAN-FLIPPIN-TASTIC, Jonathan!! I would have never guessed to use those two dies that way! This is absolutely BRILLIANT!!

  4. Lisa H says:

    seriously!!! wow, that is creative die use Jonathan. Love them!

  5. Anne R says:

    Jonathan, I know I have said it before ….. but you are a Genius !! These are just THE most adorable booties ever! Love your ingenuity…. x

  6. Tracy Evans says:

    Absolutely brilliant idea Jonathan. I love them. Tracy x

  7. Julia Aston says:

    OH MY GOODNESS!! You are too clever Jonathan!! No matter how much math I had – I would never see a bootie in the pieces you chose – these are JUST adorable! Julia xx

  8. Debra Quartermain says:

    Oh Jonathan!
    These are so sweet and how clever a design!
    Love these and you!
    Debra

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