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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Faux Robeez and a simple Fabric Flower

I love Robeez.  I think they are awesome shoes for baby.  And I also think they are pretty expensive shoes for baby, and I don't like to spend so much money on shoes they will wear for such a short time!  But making an imitation pair is pretty quick and VERY inexpensive.
A few years ago, a friend of mine gave me an awesome free pattern she had found online for these shoes.  You can find it here from stardust shoes.  I won't give you step-by-step instructions for sewing the shoe, as you'll find that in the pattern.  But I will tell you about the supplies I chose and how I made the decorative flowers.

So I chose a faux leather from the home decor fabrics at JoAnn.  This one.  And then plain ole bleached muslin for the lining.  Since the faux leather is so heavy and sturdy, I skipped the interfacing.  (If you want to do real leather, check my pinterest board here for some inexpensive scrap leather sources.)

Now making that simple leather flower!  First, cut six circles out of your leather (or other fabric), three for each shoe.  Mine were inch circles that I cut using the Sizzix Circles No.4 Die and my Big Shot.  Now fold the circles in half,
and sew a little triangle from the middle point to the edge, making sure you backstitch at each end.
Then trim off the excess.
Fold out, and voila!
Your petal.  Repeat.  Then arrange in a triangle shape, overlapping edges as you go.
Sew into place.  Add your embellishment (in my case, buttons from my stash), and you're done!
These simple flowers make great accessories to add to shoes, handbags, jewelry, hair accessories, etc.

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