DIY Baby Moccasins + A Giveaway

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When Leather Hide Store approached me with the challenge of creating a DIY project with some of their leather, I knew exactly what I wanted to attempt to finally get the shoes I always wanted for Eli - baby moccasins. I've always adored the moccasins from Freshly Picked, so I decided to model my moccasins loosely off theirs. 
DIY Leather Baby Moccasins Pattern

When the leather came in the mail, it was beautiful. I rubbed it on my cheek for a good three minutes, just feeling how soft it was. I offered Mike a chance; he declined. So I rubbed it on Eli's cheek. Then he taste tested it. Above and beyond that boy goes. Above and beyond.

Seriously though, look how big and beautiful the remnant was: 

DIY Baby Moccasins
For the color, I chose Santa Domingo Partial. Pretty, right?

To make the moccasins, I downloaded the Lil' Papoose Moccasin pattern from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop. The PDF gives all the directions for making the mocs from start to finish, and comes with pattern pieces you can cut out your leather from.

DIY Baby Moccasins Pattern

DIY Baby Moccasins Pattern

DIY Baby Moccasins

Working with leather is tricky. It's an entirely different beast from regular fabrics. It's thick and heavy, sticks to the presser foot and just seems to have a mind of its own. Besides the leather, you'll need a few additional supplies to make the mocs:

  • 1/4" elastic
  • Teflon presser foot (I've heard you can also put scotch tape on the bottom of your regular one)
  • Bodkin (although I didn't end up using it - I'll show you why a bit further down)
  • Leather needles
  • Thread (I stuck with regular thread in the color of the leather) 
  • Fabric pen to mark your pattern on the leather

DIY Baby Moccasins
Also, you can't use pins with leather because you'll leave a mark. You can purchase special pins, or just use what you have on-hand like a hillbilly.
DIY Baby Moccasins

DIY Baby Moccasins

I also threw down some scotch tape on the metal parts of my machine, to help the leather feed through better. There was still A LOT of hand wheel sewing going on because it stuck so much.

DIY Baby Moccasins
Threading the elastic was incredibly difficult. I finally asked Mike to engineer a way to get the elastic through because my bodkin just was not cutting it with the stiffness of the leather and my seam that may or may not have been a little to small. 

Mike ended up jimmy rigging a wire attached to the elastic and feeding it through (check out the pic below). It took him a while. And lots of patience. 
DIY Baby Moccasins

And after quickly sewing the two ends of the elastic together, they were done!




Lest you think it was easy-peasy or actually think I'm a good sewer at all, please take a look at my first two victims. If you look closely, you'll see I literally sewed the foot on the left one inside out. Beginner's mistake. But that is what I am, so no shame.

Overall, it actually was fairly easy to do. Beyond cutting out all the pieces, there's only about five other steps. It took a bit for me to get the hang of working with leather, and well, I've never made shoes of any kind before, so there was definitely a bit of a learning curve, but it was worth it to see Eli sport these mocs. 





And today, one lucky Oakland Avenue reader will win a $50 gift card to Leather Hide Store, so they can make them too! Well - you can make anything you want - you totally don't have to make baby mocs. I've got my eye on making a clutch with the remaining leather and I could see adding elbow patches to a sweater, making a sweet bracelet or necklace, or even an iPad case. And if you don't sew, you could just cut that beautiful leather to fit and line a tray, make a tassel, or bookmark - I've even seen people weave it to make furniture. The options are seriously endless - check out my Pinterest board for more ideas!

>>>  Giveaway Now Closed <<<

This is a sponsored post with a giveaway provided by Leather Hide Store. All opinions are my own.

31 comments:

  1. The baby mocs are adorable! If I had a hide remnant I'd try making a set of beautiful leather hairpin leg shoes to prevent floor scratches and class up my bedside tables. Any leftover could be used as a great base layer for some table-scaping---that and periodic cheek rubs of course. My favorite is a tie between the Dark Copper Mountain Saddle and Santa Domingo---so pretty.

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  2. So cute! I'd use outlaw to bind a journal.

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  3. These are SO CUTE!!!! Nice job!!!! I would make a tassel keychain, some coasters and/or a clutch (the sewing would make me nervous, not gonna lie...)

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    1. Oh, and I'd go for Dark Copper Mountain Saddle. :)

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  4. I just stumbled upon your blog when searching #moccs in Instagram! I too think FPed moccs are expensive so I'm glad you made this tutorial. I would love to make these. I think for my babes I would do the black eclipse. ❤️

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  5. These are adorable! I would pick the "dark copper mountain saddle" color and probably make some cute baby moccasins as well :)

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  6. Laura these turned out absolutely darling. I know of many 9 month "little projects" that are in the process and would look absolutely adorable in these mocs! I bet mommies would drool over lil pink leather mocs! I just happen to know where to get the leather! :) Great work! LOVE! THEM!

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  7. I just happened upon your blog and LOVE it! I would absolutely make the moccs in copper mountain. adesplin@gmail.com

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  8. Gorgeous leather! And, the mocs are pretty cute, too :) Love dark copper mountain saddle… would make mocs for my one-year-old niece, Finley!

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  9. These are adorable...fresh picked make me swoon but I could never justify them:) I love the dark copper mountain saddle and I'd make something for our daughter or use part of it to embellish a clutch for me:)

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  10. Oh my gosh, those are adorable!! I'm not sure what I'd do with my leather but I'm lovin' the Dark Copper Mountain Saddle :) Thank you for the giveaway!

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  11. Loooooove those!!! I am torn between the copper mountain saddle and outlaw, but I would probably incorporate it into a throw pillow or wall decor.

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  12. Wow, I'm really impressed, Laura! I would consider making a pair of those baby mocs just to look at because they're so cute ;) I think the dark sierra brown is gorgeous, and a clutch might be fun to try sometime!

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  13. In my spare time (if I every have any again), I'd love to make a large tote bag!

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  14. I love everything about leather, I might make moccasins with Outlaw. I love the variety in the grain. Thank you for the giveaway! Brady

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  15. The dark copper mountain saddle color is beautiful! I'd love to attempt to make a purse out of it!

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  16. I'm a fan of the dark copper mountain saddle. Maybe a tote?? To be honest, I'd bring that hide on up to your house and have you help me... You DIY moccasins, and I DIY coffee :-)

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  17. I would make a couple strings of diamond garland out of one of the black leathers and gold foil (I found a tutorial from one of your Pinterest pages) for baby #2's nursery! :)

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  18. i'd love to attempt to make a leather/fabric combo clutch.

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  19. I would love to try to make these for my youngest daughter. I would need to buy the other supplies to sew with leather. It looks like a fun project.

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  20. I would choose the Derby Brown for this project.

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  21. I'd do Hair on Hide or Copper Mtn. Saddle as a headband / wrap.

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  22. Okay this is such a fabulous giveaway!!! And I LOVE the little mocs you made! I would definitely make some of those too (although I don't know that I'm as talented with the sewing machine as you)! I think I would choose the Vanilla Cream!

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  23. Cool! I'd look at your pinterest board and get an idea :) wallet would be neat!

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  24. SOOOOOO cute Laura! I was just talking about making moccasins for my lil' guy this weekend! Now I have to try it!

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  25. These are adorable. If only I had little ones, I would've loved to have these for my little boy. He's 7 now though. Thanks so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays. I'm featuring this at tomorrow's party.

    Anne xx

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    1. Thanks Anne! I'm glad you liked it! Excited to see all the other projects!

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  26. I am definitely making these for my next one! Great job! Charlie @PickledOkra.blogspot.com

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  27. These are the cutest... I love this leather company.. I made a baby mobile with their leather.. You can find it here if you are interested: http://www.craftionary.net/2014/01/diy-baby-mobile-boys-nursery.html

    Thanks for linking up.. I am featuring this tomorrow.. :)

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