making :: cloth baby booties
When I learned that my colleague at work, who I work closely with on our international studies, was expecting her first baby I started dreaming up a gift to sew for her new little one. I had big ideas of a modern looking quilt with a play on sailboats, since she and her husband are into sailing. I tried to track down some Ugandan or Kenyan fabric to use as the sails, but when I didn't have any luck the idea faded to the background and I forgot about it.
Fast forward... she delivers a week or so before our big abstract deadline! And thoughts of baby were brought right back to the surface. The whole family would be at the conference and I NEEDED to bring a little something from the little guy. With limited time, I turned to my go-to baby present - these cloth baby booties. Even with all the pairs I've made, I'm still working through the first bit of that fleece-y swede fabric I use for the soles. Tracking down that fabric way back in 2009 is was first brought me to Harts Fabric - where I learned just how awesome fabric stores can be.
I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to use for the main fabric but I knew I wanted it to be bright and not girly. I was going through the fabrics in my stash when I suddenly remembered that another colleague, this one from Uganda, had brought me back some fabric. Luckily I found it! Luckily it was this awesome print! Luckily there was just enough to do these booties and even do a bit of pattern matching to make a set!
The parents were thrilled with the little shoes. The dad even requested a pair in his size. I'll call that a win!
Pattern :: cloth baby shoes - free Michael Miller Pattern
:: outer - kitenge fabric from Uganda
:: inner - Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander