Free Baby Bootie June 05 2014

This is an easy baby bootie pattern that we are offering for free. The video and blog post will help you succeed. It is a great way to use your scraps to make original foot fashion.



  • Two coordinating fabrics about 1/6 yard. If fabric is 60" wide, you may get two sets
  • 1/4" elastic
  • 1/4" ribbon
  • Matching thread
  • Copy of pattern

Cut two sets to make the left and right booties. Cut two soles for each bootie. The other two parts are placed on the fold.


Fold the bootie back on the fold wrong sides together. Make two rows of stitching, the location of which is marked on the pattern. This will create  a casing for elastic. Insert the elastic. Pull so it is gathered and stitch the sides to stabilize. Place lengths of ribbon on top of the elastic sides so the ribbon will be inserted into the seams.

Place the sides of the back along the edges of the upper bootie and machine baste. The upper bootie folds over  the gathered unit to enclose the side seams.

Machine sew the sides using 1/4" seams. This will enclose the seams of the gathered back.


Place two layers of the soul together, matching the notches on the sole to the toe and back of the upper bootie. 

Pin into place and sew 14" seam around the sole. Zig zag to finish the seam.


Turn the booties right side out and the ribbons are tied in front. They turn out darling. Hope you enjoy this pattern. You can download the pattern here. 

How to Make a Bow Tie April 22 2014

I needed to make make nine little clip on bow ties for grandchildren and four larger clip on bow ties for friends of the groom. We wanted to make them match perfectly the other fabrics used. When they are massed produced by rotary cutting all of the pieces and chain sewing them, it really didn't take that long and the results were wonderful. It's a great way to unify the look of little boys in a family photo.


Watch how to make a clip on bow tie.


 Materials needed:

  • Fabric
  • Clip 
  • Matching Thread

You can find the clips here.

Step by step


Step 1:

Adult tie cut two pieces that measure

Lower bow 

8” long and 6” wide folded right sides together to measure 4" by 6"  

Top bow

7” tall and 6” wide folded right sides together to measure 3 1/2" x 6"

Cut one piece that measures

2" and at least 3" for ease of holding. 


Sew the bows on the ends and along the one open sides, leaving just enough open for turning right sides out. Press and fold under the opening. 


Step 2

Grade the corners. Turn the bows right side out. Make sure the corners are sharp.Close the opening with needle and thread so the stitches will not show.

Step 3

Stack the two sizes together so they align end to end. The top tie will be smaller in width. With a double thread and knotted on the end hand baste the center of each bow. Go in 1/2" from the side and out and in every 1/2 inch. When it is finished there should be three 1/2 inch stitches centered on the bow. This creates three folds. If they are uniform they will look very professional.


jStep 4

Hold the gathers together and pull the thread back and forth through the folds to secure.


Step 5

Prepare center wrap which is the 2" wide piece by folding the two sides to meet in the center. Fold this in half so all of the raw edges are hidden.


Step 6

Starting on the back, whip stitch one end  of the center wrap to the bow Bring the wrap around the front and back to cover the starting whip stitch. Clip the wrap so it is large enough to fold under and blind stitch. This closure is shown in the next photo.


Step 7

Clip a small opening through one layer of fabric on the back of the tie. This should be about 1/4" away from the center wrap on each side.


Step 8

With the clip snapped open, slide the part with the row of holes in the metal through the opening. Do this on both sides and snap the clip closed. This will position the clip between the layers and where they need to be positioned.



jStep 9

With needle and thread whip stitch the fabric to the holes in the clip inside the layers of bow tie. This will secure the clip from slipping out.