How handsome is this boy?!
And how adorable are these shoes?!
I can’t believe this little guy is already three months old. He’s been the perfect addition to our little family. Other than, you know, the poop blowouts, the pee hydrant, the puke in my bed and the night feedings, he is just a joy to be around.
Seriously though. He is already about 25″ tall and 15 pounds. He’s wearing 9-month-size clothing. HUGE! That’s about the 95th percentile for height. I guess he got that from his daddy’s (tall) side.
I sewed the shoes using some leather I scored (for free!) from the local upholstery store. The pattern is the Little Papoose Moccs by Peekaboo Pattern Shop (affiliate link), and I just loved sewing it! You could probably whip these babies out in about half an hour from start to finish – including tracing/cutting. There are only three or four steps to their construction.
A few little pointers though… This leather was quite thick, so I used a size 18 (!!!) leather needle on my machine and my super-sharp Gingher scissors to cut the pieces. The thread was polyester-coated polyester labeled “heavy” at Joann. The pattern says you may use a safety pin OR bodkin to feed the elastic through the casing, but I found a bodkin absolutely necessary to get through the thickness of this material. Also, I used 3/8″ elastic instead of 1/4″ (as called for in the pattern) simply because it’s what I had handy. I would use it again though because sewing the ends together was kind of a doozie – I can’t imagine doing it with anything narrower.
I made the 3-6mos size, and they are an absolutely perfect fit. I’m sure I’ll be making more of these as he grows!