Elf shoes show and tell

Last week, I promised I would elaborate more on the shoes I made for my x-mas elf costumes. I used the free pattern and tutorial found here. The pattern is made of 3 pieces — sole, toe and heel — and you need to stick the toe and heel pieces to form the shoe itself. I went for the biggest size but I soon realized it would never be long enough for my elves and their shoe size 44 feet. I extended the pattern to the desired length using a classic slice & spread method, using the foot of a colleague with long feet as a template 😆 I then re-drafted the section around the ankles, as it got a bit distorted by the extending of the pattern. I did the same slice & spread treatment to the sole. Here is my final shoe pattern, ready to be cut:

I was using craft felt as a fabric, and I thought it wouldn’t be resistant enough for my elves to walk on it all evening. So I thought I’d use some leather scraps leftover from the tools roll project a while back.

Obviously, if you are sewing leather, make sure you are using the right needle!

Then it’s a question of assembling the shoes, which is quite straightforward:

  1. Sew the back heel seam.
  2. Align the heel notch on the sole with the back seam and sew the sole to the shoe on both sides, up to the notch on the toe section.
  3. Sew the remaining seam, closing the toe section and the top section of the shoe.

And ladies and gentlemen, we have an elf shoe!

To finish the shoes, I added some decorations that I glued in place with my glue gun. How you decorate your shoes is really up to you: ribbon, old x-mas decorations, bells. Use your imagination and creativity! And to make sure the toe section keeps its shape, I stuffed it with a bit of fiberfill (not shown on the picture below, however).

All in all, I think the pattern and tutorial I found were perfect for this project, and I highly recommend them if you want to make a similar piece of costume. It’s also ideal for Renaissance Faires or fairy tales costuming.