Since I've had a little extra time on my hands, I made a tree ornament for each of our grandbabies.
I made a number of full-size felt baby booties before Finley was born, but the ones pictured on this post are quite a bit smaller at only two inches long. They are the perfect size for tree ornaments.
The pattern for the booties above came from a free downloadable pattern from Martha Stewart. I made a few changes along the way, but basically resized the pattern to half the original size. I didn't do any machine stitching as it hardly seemed worthwhile hauling out my machine when they could easily be sewn together in a few minutes with 6 strands of embroidery floss and a simple blanket stitch. I used fusible webbing to attach the ivory and green side pieces together, but they could also be hand stitched. I tacked on a little jingle bell for the finishing touch.
I stitched the green toe on with contrasting ivory thread and didn't try to be too exact, obviously. I think the slightly crooked stitching adds to the homespun look. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. I do not need reading glasses......yet.
The pattern I used for Finley's ornament is the same Simplicity pattern I used in my Bootielicious post back in September of 2010. Once again, I resized the pattern to about half the original size.
I'm sure most of you have made the simple felt roses that I've used to embellish this bootie. I added a few stitches as I rolled it up and then stitched the flower to the top of the bootie. In retrospect, it would have been much easier to stitch it on before I sewed the top and bottom together. I then tacked on two simple green leaves to finish it off.
For the ties, I made two small holes, looped one piece of red satin ribbon through and tied in a bow.
This year's Christmas ornament from Grandma.
If you are into pink and blue for baby, the colors can easily be changed. Wouldn't they be cute tied to a baby gift with curling ribbon? Or sitting on a shelf in baby's room? Click here to see a variety of colors I used and styles I created for the full-size booties.
To hang the booties, I threaded a large needle with satin ribbon and pulled it through the back of each bootie and knotted the ends.
Merry belated Christmas!
The Farmhouse Porch Christmas in July