How to create your own pattern for baby shoes

My daughter has never really match standard sizes for shoes. When she was a baby I made her tons of cloth booties and mary janes. I learned how to draft my own pattern so that they fit her perfectly.
For this tutorial we will do mary janes shoes since those are the simplest. After you learn how to draft your pattern, head over to the tutorial to learn how to put it all together.

Here is what you need
A pair of shoe that fits well
Plain paper

Lets start with the right side and you can repeat the process for the left. 
Lay your shoe on plain paper and trace all the way around it, leaving about 1/4″ extra for seam allowance.
Pattern for your sole

 Now for the top pattern of the shoe.

 Remember to get your measurements  up from your shoe to your paper, you will have to move your shoe. So you might want to make a on outline of the shoe so that you put it back on the same spot every time.

Measure from the tip of the shoe to where the center and then from the tip of the back to the bottom. Also measure from the bottom side of the shoe right before it curves out for both sides. You will want to extend your measurement about 1/4″ for seam allowance.Now the distance between B and C, we will call E and the distance between B and D, we will call F. See the image below.

Now you will take the measure measurement you got for E and mark a spot to your left starting from line C and the measurement you got for F and mark a spot from away from D. Also when you make come out 1/4″ for seam allowance like we have been doing all along. Note these measurements should all be the same number. See the two spots in orange below.
Now lets make the dots that you will need to connect to complete the top part of the shoe. First dot comes from the top of line A, second comes from the bottom of line A, third comes from the intersection of C and E, fourth comes from the intersection of F and D and lastly you have your two orange ones on the sides.

Now lets connect the dots! Again, come down 1/4″ for allowance. See diagram below on which ones connect to each other.

Your final top pattern will look like this:
Pattern for your top

For your straps, all you need to do is measure from one side of the of the middle of the shoe to the other and make it how wide you want it. Usually 2″ wide will work.

Pattern for your straps

And there you have it… all your pattern pieces. How head over to the tutorial and learn how to put it all together.  

Remember the pattern pieces on this page is NOT SCALED so DO NOT print out here. This is only to show you how to create your own. I have one you can print out over on the tutorial page.
Pattern for your sole
Pattern for your top
Pattern for your straps

Take a look at the tutorial with a SCALED pattern on how to put this shoe together.


  1. Bellissime le scarpine e anche i piedini che le indossano sicuramente morbidi e comodi!Chiara

  2. Italian to English translation: Beautiful the shoes and also the feet that wear them definitely soft and comfortable!ChiaraYou are so right Chiara, Beautiful shoes as well as the feet that go in them!about the fit of the shoe.Making shoes are so fun. I have found that Xeroxing a shoe as long as you have your printer set to print same size will make a pattern fast. Do not use shrink to fit or the pattern will be changed from the original shoe. I have taken a white pair of shoes and just put wipe off marker on the vinyl or use paper tape so I know when it is copied I am putting the pieces back exactly where they belong.You do need to add seams.There are also doll shoe patterns for the 18 inch dolls that can work. Just enlarge it by 10% or 20% depending on the size of the baby.Or better yet pick a shoe from a thrift store that you like and make up a pattern from it.Sei così giusto Chiara, Belle scarpe, così come i piedi che vanno a loro!circa la calzata della scarpa.Fare le scarpe sono così divertenti. Ho scoperto che Xeroxing una scarpa finché avete la vostra stampante impostata per stampare stesse dimensioni farà un veloce modello. Non utilizzare restringersi per adattarsi o il modello verrà cambiato dalla scarpa originale.Ho preso un paio di scarpe bianco e appena messo pulire fuori marcatore sul vinile o usare nastro di carta quindi so quando viene copiato sto mettendo i pezzi esattamente dove belong.You c'è bisogno di aggiungere cuciture.Ci sono anche modelli di scarpe bambola per le bambole da 18 pollici che può funzionare. Basta ingrandire del 10% o 20% a seconda delle dimensioni del baby.Or meglio ancora scegliere una scarpa da un negozio dell'usato che ti piace e portare un modello da essa.

  3. This sounds a pretty easy instructions but i must admit though i'm not a crafty person. I don't think i can pull this off but since you've got a pattern, i might want to give this a try. I don't have a kid but i have a small neices, i could give them one if i do it successfully.-

  4. Emma I thought it was hard too when I first looked at it but it turned out to not be so intimidating. You can try the free pattern first. Thanks for checking it out. I appreciate it.

  5. Thanks a lot for posting this. I really had fun following it step by step. Now, I can try doing stuff myself. Can't say I have mastered it though.

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