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« on: February 11, 2012 01:59:43 AM »

My most recent toddler shoes are ballerina style shoes made according to an e-book by klimperklein

I started out about 2,5 years ago with 4-5 pieces of leather bought on a market in the Netherlands. I originally wanted to sew a handbag from it - alas, what was needed much more urgently were shoes for my daughter. I took the measurements and according to some instructions  I found, I managed my first pair of shoes. Parts of the appliqué were a bit tricky to sew, especially with my old Privileg sewing machine, but my daughter loved her new red leather shoes.

The second pair got a nice appliqué but unfortunately the leather (taken from my mum's old leather trousers) was not ideal for shoes.

So the next pair were made from specially bought leather: a Pippi Longstocking pair:


sewing and embroidering sahm of two girls from belgium

blog: http://minikin-pin.blogspot.com/
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2012 02:16:00 AM »

Oh wow, they're all so georgous. I especially love the ones with the little hedgehog. How old is your daughter and does she use these shoes to walk in? Every pattern I've found for baby/toddler shoes it says "not intended for walking" which I never understand because its really hard for them to learn to walk in hard-soled shoes.

minikin pin
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2012 03:08:02 AM »

thank you!  Smiley

my daughter is now 3 years old and she is still running around in the ballerina style shoes and the pippi longstocking. We use them as house shoes for her and they are perfect for that. I have also read that this type of shoes is perfect for learning to walk since the soles are soft and the muscles of the feet have to support the foot themselves and are not influenced by the supporting structure of a 'real' shoe.

I used for the closed models this instruction http://www.hobbyschneiderin.net/portal/showthread.php?t=33534&highlight=krabbelpuschen - it's in German but maybe with the pictures and the graphics you can still work out your own pattern. I found that the smaller sizes fitted a bit better than the bigger ones, but since leather will mold around the feet with wearing it is not dramatic.

the ballerinas are made according to an e-book... they fitting is excellent there.

sewing and embroidering sahm of two girls from belgium

blog: http://minikin-pin.blogspot.com/
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2012 05:13:20 PM »

That's my thought with them learning to walk, if they're in stiff shoes their feet aren't going to develop the proper muscles. Its nice to know that your 3 year old is still wearing this style. I think I may dig through my patterns and make some more shoes for my friend's kid now that I know they're still useful when they get older.

minikin pin
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2012 02:32:24 PM »

I made a pair for my youngest:


sewing and embroidering sahm of two girls from belgium

blog: http://minikin-pin.blogspot.com/
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