I love moccasins.
I bought some, lost them, then bought some more. I made some for Sabrina when she was a baby out of faux suede. I've been dying to get her some here recently, because they go with everything!
That's how much I love moccasins.
So, determined that I could find some leather for a good price, I began searching the internet for moccasin patterns for kids. I finally found a tutorial that I liked and followed (mostly): http://www.sewinginnomansland.com/2013/05/22/little-leather-moccasin-tutorial-and-free-pattern/
The main things I did differently is that instead of elastic I made mine to tie at the top, and I added a foam sole to give her foot more protection from rocks, etc.
Best part: I got the leather for free.
Nick's grandma had some in her closet from when his grandpa shot a deer years ago. There were just some small scraps, perfect for little kid shoes. Score!!
So, it wasn't as simple as find the stuff, make it. I had to re-size the pattern to be bigger for Sabrina. Took some doing, but I miraculously got it right the first time. I made a mock mocc to make sure it would fit and set to work! They have turned out so much better than I could have imagined!
I had to make them two-toned because there wasn't enough of the lighter color to make the whole thing. I love it though, it's very unique.
This is what I used to make the inner sole. It's just craft foam, but it makes all the difference when walking around outside.
A close up of them on her feet.
My little trendy girl.
She really does love dressing up and looking cute. Good thing since she's just so cute and she's got a momma that can't help but dress her up!