They keep coming up with new products for infants, and one of the cutest things I've seen (which wasn't around when I had my last one) is Robeez baby shoes. The price seems steep, considering what a short time they'll wear them, but parents who have them swear they never come off.
My friend Martha B. told me about an online pattern for Robeez-style shoes that she had tried for her grandson, and I thought the idea was too good not to share! I'm not much of a seamstress, but this tutorial is so helpful and descriptive, I bet I could make a pair of these, and teach my daughter as well. Baby gifts, here we come!
Here's another link to a bunch of other styles and patterns for baby shoes and slippers. What cuteness! What creativity!
Martha mentioned another great idea too, which you could use to make these baby shoes or other projects too. Somewhere she read about someone who took old wool sweaters and boiled them so the fibers would shrink up tight, becoming like felt. The great advantage of felt, of course, is that you can cut it and not worry about finishing the edges--it won't ravel like regular fabric.
So there you have it--untested by me, but a great idea that works for Martha! And her...and all these ladies....
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