This week I’m going to show you how to make those adorable “Colonial-style” shoes for dolls, as shown in the images above and below. The image above shows a Project MC2® doll wearing the shoes. The image below shows a Spin Master® Liv doll wearing the shoes. Same pattern; two different dolls. I love it when dolls can swap shoes!
The free, printable shoe pattern that I’m giving away this week will fit a number of flat-footed dolls, including Spin Master® Liv dolls, Project MC2® dolls, and although it fits her kind of loosely, it can even be worn by Momoko™, as well as Skipper® and other Mattel® dolls with flat feet (but not the Barbies® with larger-than-average feet).
There’s a way to tell whether or not your doll’s foot will fit a shoe pattern:
- Print the pattern.
- Place your doll’s foot on the “sole” pattern.
- If the doll’s foot doesn’t allow room for a 1/4 inch (or 4 mm) seam, all the way around the sole, it won’t fit.
- If the doll’s foot does allow for a seam around the sole, then it will fit.
So when I offer up this pattern tomorrow, print it out and test it on your doll!
Later this week, I’ll post the tutorial video showing how to make the shoes, along with an updated version of some older patterns and their tutorials. So please stop by for another visit later this week!
Need help printing my patterns? This link offers a tutorial showing you how to download and print my FREE patterns using Google Docs. (For the older print-a-pattern tutorial, which uses Microsoft Word, click here.)
Please note: you must enlarge my patterns to fit a full-sized piece of American computer paper (8.5 x 11 inches or 216 x 279 mm) without margins, before printing. These designs use a scant 1/4 inch seam (4 mm to be exact).
If you’re wondering why I make patterns and videos without charging a fee, please visit the “Chelly’s Books” page, and that should explain my general motivations. My patterns are now available through “Creative Commons Attribution.” This means that I created my patterns (and therefore I own rights to them), but I’m willing to share them with everyone who will tell people about my website.
Here are some helpful ways to tell the world about my patterns:
- You can pin them on Pinterest.
- You can like them on Facebook.
- You can tweet about them.
- Use any other form of social media that appeals to you!
Are you new to sewing? I’ve got a playlist of tutorials for the beginning sewists on my YouTube channel. It includes video tutorials showing you how to do a basic straight stitch when sewing by hand, how to use the whipstitch to hem a garment, how to sew on snaps, and even how to design your own doll clothes patterns, for those who are new to design and alterations.
In case you haven’t heard, I have actually designed some commercial patterns for Lammily LLC. They have some new dolls in their line, including a new male doll, so you might want to visit the Lammily website to see what they’ve got going on.