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DIY Baby Sandals (for boys & girls)

I can’t believe how fast Oliver is growing.  He turned 2 months old on Sunday…….and I’m not really okay with that.  I know he has to grow and can’t stay little and absolutely helpless forever — but gah, the sweetness of these newborn moments are so doggone fleeting.  Not fair.


Alas, this kiddo is growing.  And while pulling out some hand-me-downs from when Connor (who’s now 6) was a baby, I saw some little brown sandals that I made a few years ago when Chloe (who’s now 3) was a baby. I made them right after I made her a really fun pair of Leather Bow Sandals.  Anyone remember these?!!



Oh gosh….I loved those little sandals.  They turned out so cute, looked adorable on Chloe, and cost next to nothing to make.  So, at the time, I wanted to try making some sort of sandal version for a boy.  That’s when I came up with these little woven top sandals (that could really be used by a boy or a girl) and fell in love with them.  I had Chloe model them back in the day……but then saved them.  Just in case. 


Well, that “just in case” is now.  And Oliver gets to wear these little handmade sandals.  They are still a little big and have some room for growth…..but they stay on his feet well enough.  And oooooh, I kinda love them!




They are super soft and flexible (yet thick enough to hold their shape) and have a little strap of elastic around the back, that helps keep them on.




There’s at least another month or two of warm-ish weather here in Colorado, so I’m getting all the use out of them that I can.  (Oliver still curls his little toes so he really isn’t filling out the toe area of these sandals.  But he will eventually.)




What’s great about these little sandals is that you only need a tiny bit of leather (or faux leather) to make them.  So, you could cut up an old purse, a leather jacket, a clutch, etc.  Just think of how cute this would be in like a sparkly gold or pink for a little girl! 




Teeny tiny versions of things are so darn cute……and extra fun to make!  So this would be perfect for that friend/neighbor/sister who’s having a little boy.  (Or already has a one.)  But yeah, these would be fun for the girls too!


So glad I hung onto this pair.  I’m seriously loving them for my sweet Oliver!




Want to make some too?


Check out my Baby Boy Sandal tutorial HERE and whip up a quick pair or two!




And have fun while you’re at it!


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P.S.  If you’re looking for a few other baby shoe/sandal ideas… may like these:



Baby Shoes from Thrifted Purses



Baby Girl Flower Sandals




Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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