Oct
13
2009

  I Might Rethink The Felt

Wow. William has only worn his new felt shoes two days (Sunday and today), and already they're pretty much trashed. So much so that it's downright funny. They look like the equivalent of shoes an adult has had for five or more years.

And just to remind you, in case you missed the photo on Sunday:

I don't really mind, the shoes only take about 30 minutes to whip up. But now I have a better idea of their best use. Make a pair custom to match a particular outfit he's going to wear when going out, and he just wears them then. And then I'll make a new pair for the next event, until I run out of felt. He did get a compliment on them at church on Sunday. And today he wore them around the house, and wore them out.

The kid doesn't even walk, wait, he doesn't even sit up or crawl! How can he wear out shoes? He can reach his feet, that's how. Terry likes the shoes because the laces provide a built-in toy for William that he can't drop. William will grab ahold of the bow (I tie it in a double-knot so he won't untie it), then play with his shoe. Yank the laces. Rub his feet together. Whatever.

Which has made me realize why this sort of shoe wouldn't be so great for an older child-- the whole laces thing could be a strangulation hazard. If the kid is old enough to untie knots, he could pull the laces out and I guess get them wrapped around his neck since they're way longer than the 6" maximum all toy strings seem to be. I could make them with elastic instead of laces, but it still might be longer than 6", although not if I only made two four lace holes instead of six. Velcro is compelling from a safety standpoint, but I can't imagine they'd stay on his feet very long. Don't kids just pull the velcro open and take off the shoes? I like the idea of using a button, but again there's that choking problem. I might try snaps.

And my perception was correct, his feet DID grow longer from when I made his first pair. But since this pair molded to the shape of his foot, I'll use them to adjust the pattern accordingly.

I'm not sure what material I'll use next. I'll have to change the pattern if I must accommodate edges that ravel. But I have some ideas. I might try leather, but that'll have to wait until I get up the the fabric warehouse past Ruckersville, they're the only place I know that carries leather pieces. My sewing machine purportedly will handle leather, although I haven't tried it. Now's as good a time as any to find out.