How to Make Felt Elf Shoes

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How to Make Felt Elf Shoes
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What do elves wear on their feet? Felt shoes, of course. This holiday season, you can make your own adorable elf shoes using that material plus a few other supplies that you can pick up at a craft store. Elf shoes don't even need to be part of an elf costume. They are fun to wear throughout the entire holiday season and can be a lot of fun at holiday parties. You can find downloadable elf shoe patterns online, but this project is fairly straightforward. You can also try drawing the pattern yourself.

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How to Make Felt Elf Shoes

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure

  • Paper

  • Pencil

  • Fabric scissors

  • Green or red felt

  • Pins

  • Needle

  • Thread

  • Puffy fabric paint

  • Wool for filling

  • Jingle bells

Step 1: Measure the Foot Length

Measure the length of the wearer's foot. Measure from the back of the heel to the tip of the big toe with a tape measure and add 2 inches to that figure.

Step 2: Measure the Foot Width

Then, measure the widest part of the foot (usually below the toes), divide that in half and add 2 inches.

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Step 3: Draw a Rectangle

Using these two numbers, sketch a rectangle in the middle of a long piece of paper. The length of the foot is the vertical part, and the width is the horizontal part of the rectangle.

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Step 4: Draw the Elf Shoe Shape

Now, draw the elf shoe from a side view around the rectangle. Make the curved-up part on one end, taking care not to place the curved part inside the rectangle. The part covering the ankle will be on the opposite side of the rectangle, and it should also come out of the box. If you draw the elf shoe in the rectangle, it will be too small for the intended feet.

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Step 5: Cut Out the Pattern

Cut out the DIY elf shoes pattern four times. Place these patterns on a large piece of felt. This will be used to make two felt shoes. Pin on the patterns and cut out the material. This is best done using a good pair of fabric scissors. Cut slowly to avoid tearing the fabric.

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Step 6: Pin the Felt

Now, pin two of the felt pieces together to keep everything even. Using matching thread, stitch two patterns together, allowing a 1/2-inch seam all the way around. You cannot sew the top part together, of course, because that needs to stay open so the shoes can be put on and taken off. Repeat by stitching together the second two felt pieces that you cut out.

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Step 7: Try On the Shoes

Have your elf try on the shoes. Are they too big? Stitch another seam inside the first one, about another 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Do this one shoe at a time, trying on the elf shoes as you go.

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Step 8: Finish the Project

Turn the felt shoes inside out to hide the seams and check again to ensure they fit. You can decorate them with puffy paint if you like, and personalization is nice too. You can write the wearer's name on the shoes followed by the word "elf." You can also stuff the ends with wool filling to keep their shape. This filling will also make your elflike shoes warmer. For final touches, sew a band around the top of the shoes and sew jingle bells to the curved tips.

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