Sunday, 1 May 2016

A Gift for Baby

When a new baby arrives for family or friends, what better way to say welcome than with a handmade gift?

These baby shoes are a bit fiddly to make but so cute they’re worth the effort. I found the pattern in this 1991 edition of Handmade a specialty Australian Women’s Weekly craft book.

The bias binding on my version is handmade from seersucker. The shoe is lined with iron-on vilene to hold the shape and has a soft innersole of polyester fleece and a self lining. The body of the shoe can be sewn together on the machine but I found that the binding had to be hand-stitched in place. The bib is backed with lightweight towelling and fixed with a snap.

For presentation as a gift, I covered a piece of stiff card with the seersucker to sit the bib and shoes on then wrapped the gift in cellophane.

The girl-baby version is pictured here wrapped and ready for presentation.