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How to Get Started
Whether you plan on dressing up as an elf to help Santa or Mrs. Claus greet children, act in a Christmas play, or just have fun, this free pattern for making felt elf shoes makes it easy!
Of course, not all elves are Christmas elves. To make "every day" elf shoes, change the zigzag fringe piece into a solid band in a matching color and skip the bells on the toes.
This one-size pattern fits most ladies' shoe sizes, either with or without slim-fitting shoes underneath. And even without being enlarged, the pattern fits some men's shoe sizes when worn only with socks. Need elf shoes for kids? Try shrinking the pattern pieces—there's enough give in the shape to make it work.
Gather Your Materials
- Felt in the main color—1/3 to 1/2 yard, depending on the width of the felt
- Felt in contrasting color—1/4 yard
- Quality thread to match the main felt color.
- Optional: fabric paint for the soles.
- Straight pins
Note: Most fabric stores sell acrylic felt by the yard, which is what you need to buy for these elf shoes. You may also find wool-blend felt, which stretches less, is easier to work with, and lasts longer. Acrylic felt is less expensive, but it's often worth the extra cost to have quality felt.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Cut out Elf Shoe Pieces
Download and print out the following pattern pieces:
When printing the pieces, be to sure to set them to print at 100% and check for accuracy by measuring the one-inch square.
Attach the two Elf Shoe Upper pattern pieces on the marked edges.
Note: The pattern is one-size-fits-most, but you can reduce or enlarge it slightly if needed. Be sure to alter the size equally for all the pieces.
Felt does not have a right or wrong side, but it is best to have your "right side" cut the same on all of the pieces in case of a variation in the production of the felt. Felt also does not have any grain lines, so you can "squeeze" the pieces together with almost no wasted fabric.
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- Cut two sole pieces, adding a 1/4-inch seam allowance
- Cut four upper pieces, adding a 1/4-inch seam allowance
- Cut two fringe pieces, placing the marked edge on the fold
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Sew the Top of Each Shoe Together
Pin the two upper pieces together. Then sew the pieces together, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance to match what you added to the pattern pieces.
Sew from the top point of the shoe to the curved toe. Pivot at the point and then continue sewing, stopping at the flat edge of the sole. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam to secure the stitching.
Repeat with the second shoe.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Attach the Zigzag Fringe
Open the shoe upper and press the seam open. With the wrong side up, pin the zigzag fringe along the curved edge. Sew the fringe to the elf shoe upper.
If the fringe extends past the edge of the shoe (which can happen if your seam allowance varies from the sample), trim it to match.
Repeat with the second shoe.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Sew Together the Back of Each Shoe
Fold the fringe up and out of the way. Pin and sew the back or heel of the shoe, starting at the fringe seam.
Repeat with the second shoe.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Sew the Sole of the Shoes
Join the sole to the upper, working from the toe toward the heel. Sew around the sole. Ease the fabric as needed to make the sole fit evenly.
Repeat with the second shoe and turn them right side out.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Finish the Shoes
Hand-stitch a bell to the curved point of each toe. For extra jingle, you can also attach bells to the points on the zigzag fringe.
To help prevent slipping, consider painting dots of puffy or dimensional fabric paint on the soles.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Ways to Wear the Elf Shoes
Elf shoes look great with colorful tights or striped knee-high socks.
If you wear ladies shoe sizes up to size 9, you should be able to slide canvas tennis shoes inside, giving the shoes a more secure fit.
For larger feet, consider wearing fluffy socks under the elf shoes.