Recently, I had a request from a customer on my Facebook page to make some of my Little Pods with snakes on. Snakes! Cripes!
I had a little search and couldn’t find any fabric that had snakes on or that was even a bit snaky to my mind, and then I remembered that in my magical fabric cupboard of joy, right at the back, I had some gorgeous suede-like material I’d always called dinosaur skin… like this
I mulled over the possible fabrics for the reverse for quite some time. I do have some lovely fabrics that are boyish, but couldn’t quite think of any that would so with the snake theme… and then I remembered some Ikea fabric I’d bought recently to make bags…
So I whipped up a pair of reversible shoes in it, to see how it would turn out.
Here’s the finished product. I love the fact that the poppers are brown on one side and lime green on the other – it’s the little things like that which keep me amused and make crafting fun. What do you think? Do they say ‘snake’ to you?
Luckily, they did indeed say ‘snake’ to Karina who had commissioned them, so now they are all wrapped and ready to go to their new home in Australia. Like they don’t have enough snakes there already!
Bon Voyage, Snakes Alive Shoes! Enjoy Brissy.
~Dianne of mooandflo
By the way – no actual snakes were hurt in the making of these shoes 🙂
The creative block was finally overcome with a little burst of sewing, and what better to sew than some frilly wee slip ons for girlies?
My own ankle biter is a boy, so this is how I fill my lace and glitter rations, how I get my fairy fix, how I… oh alright, enough already, you get the drift.
I made them, photographed and uploaded them, and even managed to update my online shop – yes indeed, the creative block is gone.
Do you want to see them? Do ya? Do ya?
I’ve been making shoes again – I think I might be just a tad obsessed to be honest. They are just so darned cute.
Here are a few of this week’s doings – they are all reversible except the first pair (due to the lace – it’d itch, lol)
All the shoes are on sale in my online shop – and keep your eyes peeled for my new online shop coming in the next few weeks too!
I just can’t help myself – I just love having wee competitions on my Facebook page. Even in a relatively sane competition there are always heaps of giggles from the posts, and today’s was no exception.
The competition was very simple – guess how many pairs of mooandflo’s little pods reversible shoes I would complete in one day by 10pm.
One wag guessed zero, and when I said she could guess again she responded that she “was hoping you would be sewing up a new beautiful dress for my little girl to wear.” Next week, Cherie, next week.
Some people had great faith in my sewing prowess, thinking maybe I’d take on No’1 Shoe Warehouse! Jill and Helen thought I’d make 18 pairs, Dee posited 17 pairs, and just as I was flagging and about to crack, I was massively buoyed by Niki’s guess of 23.
Amber opened the field to total lunacy when she guessed 7.5 pairs, leading Lorraine to speculate I’d make 9.6 pairs of shoes. 0.5 of a pair I can cope with – half a pair – one shoe, right? But I’m still trying to work out what 0.6 of a pair would look like… (Answers on a postcard, please).
So now I can tell you are fair gagging to know how many I actually did make. Don’t deny it, it’s written all over you.
Well here goes…
I made the grand total of 14 pairs of shoes!
I had no lunch and worked like a maniac, but it was worth it, because here they all are:
Not a bad effort for an old lass with a sewing machine, eh?
Suzanne and Shanley shared first place and can now go and have a mini mooandflo splurge on me by way of reward for their magnificent guesswork. Woot.
Now, time for a cocoa and two bickies then bed – all this sewing has worn me out!
~ Dianne ~ mooandflo
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I am having such fun making little shoes for babies and toddlers right now that I stayed up until gone midnight last night making “just one more pair”. I’d just spent a week making a number of practice shoes to see what the best and fastest method was and working out how to make the pattern reversible since it wasn’t reversible to begin with. So to finally be able to make an actual pair, a proper “will-be-for-sale” pair, was more than a little giddy.
For such tiny things, the shoes take a surprising number of pieces to make. When I’m cutting them out, I’m constantly reminded of the children’s story The Elves and the Shoemaker and wondering whether those wee elves will turn up and give me a hand overnight. That would be nice. Or would it? It’s fun and quite addictive cutting out the little pieces, so maybe I’d sulk if they came and took over. I mean, just look at these dinky wee soles.
Here are some shoes in various states of completion. Most are waiting for straps and poppers, and all need the final bit of the heel sewing up by hand.
It never ceases to amaze me how much there is to do once you think you’ve just about finished.
These pairs are all waiting patiently on the ironing board for those finishes touches. See the wee giraffes leaping across the green ones – I am in love with that pair.
Hopefully, by Friday, I should have about 10-15 pairs finished ready for market this weekend. I can’t wait to share some finished products with you all.
And I might even have a go at the adult sized ones… cripes!
~ Dianne~ mooandflo
I’ve become a wee bit obsessed with making iddy biddy shoes. So much so I am making a wee line of them called little pods by mooandflo.
Children’s shoes are just so cute; you can use such outrageously fun fabrics that most grown ups just wouldn’t wear even if they wanted to. You can add in big bows, jazzy flowers, loud buttons, dainty lace and all manner of fabulous things – jeepers, it just occurred to me that I could add fake fur ! Lawks, is there no end to the possible fun?
So far the shoes I’ve made have been fairly sane. Well, sane by my standards anyway. I’ve chosen some cool, loud fabrics as well as dainty prints, and thanks to Niki at Odd One Out I have used the most fabulous retro cowboy fabric, too. But so far I have set my sights on getting the designs right, so I’ve not let my imagination run too wild.
These are some of the ones I’ve rustled up so far. I’ve shown you some of these before, but hey ho I am going to show you again because they make me smile. (The rest are on my Facebook page here.)
These are the Kimono shoes. They’re reversible and really cute, especially for slim feet.
And these are the ‘Rascals’, which are sturdier and fit a wider of chubbier foot than the above Kimono design. The aptten I used isn’t reversible but I think I have solved that problem. The pair below were hand sewn and are my tester pair – a good way to get a proper feel for the pattern, I find.
There are more wee tootsie ticklets to come, but I just had to share what I’ve done so far because they’ve made me so giddy.
Shoes – I just can’t get enough of them!
~ Flo (Dianne) at mooandflo
There is a wee rumour that I may just be a little bit on the ADHD side of life, as it seems no sooner do I find something new to make as I’ve lost interest and found something else altogether. Last week it was jewellery – this week it’s dinky wee shoes.
To be honest, I blame Google. I was searching for a pattern for a new cuddly doohicker, when out of the corner of my left eye, just by the rim of my specs, I spotted the magical words ‘baby shoes’.
I didn’t mean to look.
But – not for the first time – the voices spoke to me , and before I knew it I was halfway through the left shoe, leather sole and all!
In the end I found two patterns I sort of liked, both of which I adapted because, as my husband puts it, I “just have to fiddle with things”, and here’s some of what I’ve whipped up so far, in under 48 hours…
So now I have recruited some testers to take the shoes and have a good play and run around in them and generally put them through their paces, so I can make any changes needed and then make heaps more! I can’t wait!
If you want to see what I’ve been making, pop over to my Facebook page and join in the general silliness…