I have been thinking about making these moccasins for a looooong time. I knew it would be easy but also really wanted to use some leather and kept forgetting to order any. One weekend while walking through the Paris flea market I passed a stall where there were piles and piles of odds and ends of different leathers. I bartered with the shop keeper a bit and walked away with a handful of wonderfully broken in leather bits. There was no excuse now, it was happening. I actually tried it out on some gold pleather I had first so as not to waste any leather with mistakes. It ended up so cute I made each of Dasha’s girls a pair as a “thanks for letting us visit” (funny thing only the youngest’s fit, her girls are TALLLLL). Once I felt like I had it down I started in with the leather and I am CRAZY about the results.
I just did a little hack of THIS free pattern. The tutorial can be found HERE. Though you will need to read the tutorial below first for the significant changes. And remember that leather doesn’t fray so you don’t need any lining etc. Once you have printed out your pattern and cut out your pieces, you will need to cut a few extra pieces and keep some scraps for the toe loop on the front.
Before you attach the toe and heel piece: (ignore my horrible typos, it should read on your “toe” piece and “by” not “but”… sorry it’s late ha!)
Now attach your toe and heel piece, right sides together, wrong sides out sewing all the way around the edges. Make sure that the heel and the toe overlap at LEAST a little.
Now the even more fun part: try them on your cutie!
To make them bigger I literally drew around the pattern pieces on a new sheet of paper free handedly making it a bit bigger. These patterns are extremely forgiving. BUT having said that you can always use your child’s shoe as a guide! I think my favorite so far are the tiny tiny “ox blood” leather ones. (It sort of creeped me out when the guy referred it is as that ha!)
Hope this helps and you can now whip up your own pair of leather moccs.