I am excited to be a part of Delia's nesting series. The projects so far have been so neat, don't you think? I'm excited for more to come.
Sweet J, has cankles. Very cute, very fluffy cankles. (For those who aren't familiar, cankles is the term given when calves seamlessly blend into the foot, without a noticeable taper for the ankle.) Cankles and baby socks make for a frustrating pair. The socks did not stay up and they did not not stay on which led to a few lost socks. After lots of trial and error, I came up with a pattern that worked. These booties are easy to put on, they stay on his feet and cankles and, most importantly, they keep his toes warm. The pattern is fairly simple so excuse my over-explaining. I'm not what you would call a natural seamstress like most of the rest of these ladies. I love doing it but I really have to think. :) Are you interested in making some yourself? Then you're in luck, there's a link at the end of the post for a free download of my pattern. These booties don't require much, especially if you're making wee little booties.
- Fabric - One fabric or two coordinating fabrics. A quarter of a yard is plenty for most sizes.
- Elastic - I used 3/8 inch elastic in my son's booties and 1/2 inch elastic for the smaller ones. Fit to your baby.
Thread the elastic through the elastic channels starting with the bottom channel, in the hole on the BACK piece.
Continue threading it around the BACK and then through the FRONT piece, ending where it began.
Repeat with the top channel.
To complete the bootie, rotate the elastic so the ends are inside the channels.
Then they are finished. One sweet pair of booties.
I don't have a wee baby to try them on anymore but if you're in the same boat, rest assured they make perfect baby doll booties as well.
This is my Sweet J with his booties. His have a bit of a 'brushed' look from speedily crawling everywhere. The best part is they stay on even then.
If you would like to make some booties for a sweet baby in your life, follow the picture link below for the pattern. The pattern will be available for free for the length of Delia's series.