Baby Showers & High Teas – Making Baby Shoe Favours
My sister has recently had a baby. When she found out she was pregnant, she insisted that do the baby shower. She was specific that it should be totally sophisticated and a little bit bling. I spent hours on Pinterest, trying to find a perfect theme for this. Eventually, I decided on a Tiffany&Co/Baby&Co type theme, but I only decided on the the baby shoe favours quite late in the planning phases. I found a few tutorials online and I was so impressed with how they turned out. They’re super easy, so I made 20 of these baby shoe favours in one afternoon.
How to make Baby Shoe Favours
This is how they ended up looking:
Stuff you’ll need
- Blue Felt
- White Felt
- Eyelet crimping kit (including eyelets)
- Ribbon (for the laces)
- Sticky scrapbooking pearls
- Glue Gun
- Lindor Balls (light blue) – for inside the shoe
I used the pattern below. I found it here, printed it on A4 cardstock and cut it out.
Per Shoe you’ll need to draw
- 2 x piece “A” and 1 x “C” on the blue felt
- 1 x piece “B” on the white felt
Below are the instructions that I found on Tara’s Craft Studio website. I ended up modifying it slightly (different material and a slightly different construction technique). This is why my shoes ended up looking a little different.
After cutting out all the pieces, start at the top of the sole and center and glue the middle tab to the sole top as shown. Hold in place until the glue is firmly set:
Since these pieces are curved, the glueing process should be done slowly and carefully to position the tabs in place as best possible. I found that I got the best result if I glued just one or two tabs at a time. Try to align the tabs at the very edge of the sole for optimal appearance. Continue to glue each tab into position by curving to fit the sole as you go along:
Once the shoe front is in place, insert the smaller sole inside the shoe, but DO NOT glue in place just yet. This extra sole will cover the exposed tabs. Lift this up so that the tabs for the back of the shoe can be affixed first:
Take the back of the shoe and apply glue to the two center tabs. Center these tabs to the back of the sole and hold firmly until glue is set:
Curve the back and apply glue to the tabs one at a time and hold firmly to set to achieve the best appearance:
Apply glue to the sides of the shoe back as shown:
Apply glue to the underside of the heel part of the smaller sole insert and gently position into place to hide the tabs.
Lace shoes and decorate.
If you’re not keen on making a number of shoes, one of our crafters makes shoes. View them here. You can always place an order with her 🙂
Photos of the Baby&Co Baby Shower
You’re probably wondering how the rest of the party looked? Below are some pics. For the catering I used Silvaspoon Caterers and for the linens I used Cherry Hire in Noordhoek. The rest I borrowed or bought.