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There are so many great tutorials out there for baby shoes and baby slippers that I did not bother making a tutorial for these at first. Since posting pictures, many of you have written and asked about them, so since I was making some more this week, I took some photos to share with you now and drafted a pattern that you can download here:



Buried in the depths of my hard-drive I found the photos of the little shoes I used as a guide the first time I made little baby shoes.
The shoes are a size 3 months approximately.



I made ruffles across the front and an elastic strap to hold the shoe on the foot.


A couple of my friends had babies recently so I got to make other pairs



This time I added a bow instead of the ruffles


Here is how to make the Mila baby shoe (with ruffles):

Top of shoe
Cut out 4 pieces of the TOP pattern piece in 2 contrasting fabrics.
Pin contrasting TOP pieces together, right sides together.
Sew around (following the blue line)

ruffled-baby-shoe-01 with lines

Sew around as shown below.


Sole of shoe
Cut out 4 pieces of the SOLE piece in 2 contrasting fabrics.
Layer one fabric piece, one double-sided interfacing piece and one contrasting fabric piece.
Press with an iron so the pieces will stick together.


To make the ruffles, cut out 2 of each RUFFLE piece out of the main fabric.
Pin together, right sides together along the length of the fabric piece.


After sewing, they should look something like this.


Turn right side out. This may take some patience as the pieces are very thin.


You now have these 4 pieces for each shoe that look like this:


With the biggest stitch (mine is 6) and the highest tension on the sewing machine, stitch along the length of the ruffle pieces, without backstitching at the beginning or end (so that you can pull the thread easily and gather).


You should have ruffle pieces that look like this:


Place the big ruffle piece across the top of the shoe, leaving a few millimetres between the ruffle and the edge as shown below.


Sew in place.


Pin the small ruffle piece on top of the big ruffle piece and against the edge of the shoe.


Sew in place. Unpick the long stitches once the ruffle is in place (since you no longer need them).


Bring together the edges at the back of the shoe as shown:


Sew together, right sides together, with 1/2 inch seam allowance.


Press seam open


Fold back the top of the shoe and pin together with the sole, right sides together, making sure to catch the ruffle pieces at the edges.


Sew around.


Cut off excess from the ruffle pieces.


I like to serge or zig-zag around at this point (if I hadn’t been too lazy to switch the 4 threads to navy blue on my serger, it might have looked much nicer, but oh well)


Turn right sides out.


I added a small piece of elastic across to make sure the shoes stay on the little feet.
A shiny navy blue elastic would have looked cute – another note for next time.


Secure elastics with a few stitches. (I did one side on the machine, the other by hand because it becomes too fiddly once you’ve done the first side. You can’t really access it with the machine.)


I made the shoes to match this little dress. No tutorial for this. It was my first attempt and I kinda winged it! but it didn’t turn out half bad, no?


The front


Buttons in the back


PS: the very first pair of baby shoes I made were for this cute babe – Mila.
Hence the name of the pattern.




  1. marisa de almeida
    May 2, 2014

    a aula foi otima,muto obrigada!

    • Judy
      September 2, 2015

      Many thanks for the clear instructions for your very beautiful and practical shoe pattern. The combinations you use are most attractive.

  2. Anne-Marie
    May 9, 2014

    What a lovely little shoe! Cannot wait to try it out. Thanks for taking the time to compile the instructions. Please replace the following “if I hadn’t been too lazy to switch the 4 threads to navy blue on my serger, it might have looked much nicer” with perhaps ;) “did not change the thread so that it will show easier on the photos” :) cause I am pretty glad you didn’t. xx

    • laura
      May 9, 2014


  3. Linda
    May 21, 2014

    Hi there~
    These are adorable, can you tell me where the pattern is?
    We are expecting a new grandbaby and I would love to make some of these~
    Thank you so much for the instructions..

    • laura
      May 22, 2014

      Just click on one of the images that says “The Mila baby shoe pattern” (near the top of the post) The pattern should download on to your computer automatically.

  4. Gloria
    June 12, 2014

    Simplemente maravillosos!!!!!!!!!!!!gracias por las indicaciones

  5. Erika van Zyl
    June 26, 2014

    Thanks for the pattern. I have made one attempt at baby shoes but wasn’t very successful. I’m going to give it another bash with your pattern and tutorial. Thank you for posting this and for sharing. Your work is really lovely – and appreciated.

  6. jane moretti
    July 13, 2014

    muito lindo o seu trabalho. parabens!

  7. Whitney
    August 18, 2014

    HI! These shoes are adorable! Thank you for making the instructions simple, for some reason everyone is haveing a hard time explaining how to make these. I have a question, do you know how to scale these for a 12 month old?

    • laura
      August 18, 2014

      I don’t have a 12 month old at hand so I wouldn’t dare guess a size. I would suggest using a shoe that you know fits your 12 month old as a pattern for the sole part and then scale everything else to that?

  8. Jacki
    August 20, 2014

    Thanks for the pattern! I just made a pair in hungry caterpillar material to match a dress I made. They look SO cute. I scaled the pattern to 120% to fit my 12 month old, but should have gone even bigger, they won’t fit for long. I took a little width out as although I needed the shoe to be longer, didn’t need it wider. Oh and I didn’t attempt the ruffles! Maybe next time! Thanks again.

  9. edivane
    October 16, 2014

    eu adorei o sapatinho e como vc ensinou ficou fácil muito OBRIGADO

  10. zeynab
    December 31, 2014

    Hi .Thanks

  11. Madelaine
    January 11, 2015

    Hi – just wondering what seam allowance you used to sew the area around the shoe. I did a very tiny seam allowance on the ruffles, but I’m wondering now about the shoe part. thanks. m.

    • laura
      March 31, 2015

      I think I used 0.5 cm allowance.

  12. Alicia
    February 19, 2015

    Hi there! Would you be willing to share the pattern for the blue hat in the picture?


    • laura
      March 31, 2015

      Happy to share the pattern of the little hat. It is crochet and very quick to make. Will just have to find my notes. Will update this post when I upload the instructions/pattern. Soon! :)

  13. lila
    February 21, 2015

    HERMOSOS!! gracias por compartir el tuto y el molde, ya hice los mios!!!.. me encantaria mostrartelos pero aqui no puedo subir fotos…. intentare en pinterest…., gracias , gracias, gracias….

    • laura
      March 31, 2015


  14. Christi
    March 21, 2015

    I would love to just buy some of these shoes if thats possible. Im not a sewer but these are adorable.

    • laura
      March 31, 2015

      No time to make custom orders at this point, but thanks for your kind words! Maybe someone is selling some on Etsy?

  15. Capri
    March 29, 2015


    Do you have another post that shows how you made the insides of the shoes look more finished on the inside? Both photos of the floral print shoes looks like they are not surged on the inside – I’d love to see how you pulled that off! I’m going to try your tutorial very soon – your instructions are very thorough, I’m sure they will turn out great! Thanks so much for preparing and sharing this with the world!

    • laura
      March 31, 2015

      No other post. I haven’t found the perfect way to finish these off yet. In some of the shoes I added a hand-sewn in-sole of sorts :)
      If anybody has figured out a great method to a clean finish, please feel free to link-up! Thanks!

  16. Mars
    April 13, 2015

    These are adorable! Thank you for the pattern.
    A good way to finish the inside would be narrow bias binding.

  17. Janice Shellabarger
    August 28, 2015

    All of these items are adorable! Thank you for the good instructions. Going to try and make those cute shoes for our first granddaughter. Would like to try the cute dress also! Haven’t sewn in years so who knows what will happen? Ha ha ha! Thanks again!

  18. Lee
    September 3, 2015

    I’ve recently been swept up in this baby shoe craze, but it’s nothing like making a dress. I can measure my daughter or eyeball it and get an idea of her size. Not with the shoes. I’d HAVE to get a pattern. On that note, how do I measure the top part of the shoe to get it to accurately match (or measure up) to the soles of the shoe? The soles are the easiest part since I just have to draw her foot and add in the extra.

  19. Julia
    September 25, 2015

    Great job, beautiful outfit
    I love Your easy tutorial, thanks


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