Monday, January 2, 2012

Twinkle Toes

I'm sure everybody is so DONE with Christmas by now!  Everybody but me, that is.  It's still another 19 days until we gather our family together for a belated celebration!  While the rest of you are buying up all of the storage bins on sale everywhere and decluttering your homes, I'm just now buying gift wrap (at least it's on clearance now) and starting to wrap the gifts I've purchased so far.

Since I've had a little extra time on my hands, I made a tree ornament for each of our grandbabies.

For Mack.

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.

For Finley.

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!

Linked to:
The Farmhouse Porch Christmas in July


  1. too cute, vickie! love the little red rose:)

  2. These are precious! You are so talented!!

  3. Those are adorable! So cute for a new baby's tree! Love the Christmas colors! hugs, Linda

  4. I love those tiny little slippers. So very precious! It would be nice to enclose a little note inside the toe with "made by" and the date.


  5. Ohhhh! SO cute!!!!! LOVE it!!! (And so does Mack!) Can't wait to put them up next year! (Haven't taken down the Christmas decorations yet either, so don't worry. ;) I may just leave them until one more week. :)

  6. Aaaw! So cute! Is this another X-Mas tradition in the making? I think so! I, (unlike you + Julie) rushed to take down the XMas decorations this year. I know our XMas socks were up on Valentine's Day last year ... so I thought I'd get a jump start on it this time around!

    Thanks for leaving up your decorations for us to enjoy, Mom!

  7. They are so darling. What a great treasure for your grandbabies.

  8. The booties are wonderful! You are talented indeed. They will hold lasting memories and be treasured for many years.

  9. What a wonderful idea, and you did such a good job! They will be cherished for years to come!

  10. Those little booties are so incredibly adorable, Vickie! They would also make wonderful gifts for baby showers!

    Thanks for being a part of Time Travel Thursday last year. I hope you'll join the fun again in 2012. ;)

    Happy New Year and enjoy your "belated" Christmas celebration with loved ones.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  11. There is a lot to be said for celebrating Christmas after the actual day...sales and still much fun to be had! I adore the little bootie ornaments. Merry Christmas to you all...and I guess happy New year in February! :) I just signed up to follow your sweet blog...I am going to go browse some of your past posts now!

  12. That are so cute. Enjoy your belated holiday with the kids.

    I always forget to mention that I have a child's wardrobe dresser like you have on your sidebar (mine doesn't have glass in the door). I have a matching youth bed too - I think they were a set originally. I had it in my son's room until we bought him new furniture and then my niece used it in her daughter's room for a while.

  13. Oh my goodness, those are sooo cute Vickie! I always buy an ornament for my children each year, it would be nice to make one too :)

  14. Vicki,
    I LOVE those, they are the most adorable things I've seen! You know the blanket stitch is my favorite, (the only one I know)! YOu are so talented, I'm soooo jealous! Since I can't sew, I put the kid's real baby shoes on the tree, Chris's tiny nikes, Kate's 1st pink and white saddle shoes, Aaron's 1st Christmas velvet rabbit socks, it's so fun to see them up there!
    I know your little booties will be cherished for many years! Spending Christmas with family is special no matter when it is!

  15. Hello! I have just come across your blog and I love it! Thanks so much for taking the time to share!

    Have yourself a great day...and stop by to visit with me too if you like, my 'screen' door is always open to creative types.

    Ciao Bella!
    Your newest follower

    Creative Carmelina

  16. OH MY WORD! These are just to cute! You did a fabulous job! We haven't packed it all away yet...but this weekend it will all come down. I love Christmas and I try to make it last as long as I can. I hope you have a wonderful celebration!


  17. So sweet you could eat them with a SPOON! Oh, how precious! Great job!

  18. Adorable! Wish I were that crafty. You should write their name and year on the sole as these will be treasured for many many years!

  19. Your ornaments are adorable! What a special gift:@)

  20. Oh my gosh these are adorable!!! I'm just going to have to start back at the beginning of your blog. I've missed so much goodness! :)


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