Gifty Galore: Cute-as-a-Button Booties

There’s a baby boom happening in my extended family, so I can never have enough fast and fun baby things to sew. When I saw these adorable booties from Anna Maria Horner’s new book, Handmade Beginnings, I knew I had to make them.

This time I am ahead of the game with no particular baby to gift them to. I am going to tuck them away until I need them at the last minute. (Isn’t it funny how something as long as a 9 month pregnancy can just ‘sneak up on you’ when you sew hand made gifts?)

Lately I love the combination of aqua and red, so I used a solid and a print from our Canning Day collection to make these. The peaches print is my personal favorite, and when I saw the big button on the booties in the pattern, I just knew it would make the cutest fabric covered buttons.

The pattern I found to be quick and fairly easy–it took me about 4 hours to sew these booties. The only tricky part was easing around the curves sewing the sole to the sides–if you go slowly it’s just fine though. The pattern also just has you fuse the sole lining to the inside, but I think I will do a hand slip stitch to secure it even more, knowing how much baby stuff gets washed. From the perspective of a mom with a little one, these booties look like they are super easy to get on the wee one’s foot, and they look like they will stay on. Cute and functional!