While the guys went kayaking on the Buffalo
at the tail end of Spring Break
(which I hope to post about soon)
the girls and I went to stay with Marin and Milo.
(Which is why I was in such a rush to finish my quilt top.
I knew I'd have lots of time to sit and hand quilt
while Marin was busy with the baby)
Marin mentioned that Milo's feet were disproportionately large
(he is a rather petite little guy)
and none of his shoes fit his long narrow feet.
So while his mama was otherwise occupied,
Lily grabbed some paper and a pen
and I quickly traced one of his feet.
Then she hid the evidence in her purse,
so Aunt Marin wouldn't know we were up to anything.
Saturday is Milo's 1st birthday!
And I hadn't yet come up with a good gift idea,
but she handed me one on a silver platter;
I could make shoes!
In trying to find the pattern I've used in the past to make shoes,
I came across a pattern for TOM's inspired baby shoes
and they were just too cute not to try.
cheap thrifty to buy the 'sized' pattern,
I opted to enlarge the free baby pattern
(although I could have just as easily shrunk the toddler one)
I used Essex linen in steel for the outer,
a charcoal stripe that I'd used in Milo's quilt for the lining
and some red suede for the soles.
The tags were made with twill tape,
a blue fabric marker,
and a super fine felt tip pen.
It seemed like my uppers were going to be too tall,
so I took off 1/8 in height all the way around before sewing
them to the soles.
(resizing shoes isn't as simple as just enlarging the pattern)
I think they turned out super cute,
and the girls and I have squealed over them many times.
As adorable as they are,
they took waay too long to make,
so I don't foresee making these for just anybody
though I will definitely have to make a pair for Hadley,
'cause both her mama and daddy wear TOMs
I decided to make a little drawstring bag
to wrap them in,
and I like it almost as much as the shoes ;-)
Happy Trails, Milo!
We all love you so much!! XOXO