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Mary Jane Pleated Slippers



These Mary Jane pleated slippers are an adorable addition to a baby girl's wardrobe. Stitch up a pair tonight with these free sewing patterns for babies.

Mary Jane Pleated Slippers


Note: The sole for the 0-3 months should be about 4.5 inches printed. The Pattern comes in sizes 0-12 months.


  1. Once you print the pattern and determine the size you want cut out your pieces. I like to use felt as my base layer (the inside of the shoe) One because it is super soft but two because it offers some structural support for the shoe. So in the badly lit picture above you can see all the pieces cut out.

    Mary Jane Pleated Slippers
  2. First pin the top pieces together right sides together and you are going to pin the pleats in place. Pin the pleats so the pieces fit together and they should lay flat together. For example if you are getting a gap or bubble along the side you may need to make bigger pleats. You can do as many or as few as you want I like to add three. Then sew along the edge.

    Mary Jane Pleated Slippers
  3. Then turn it right side out and top stitch the same edge, leaving 1/2 inch at each end unstitched so you can sew them together on the next step.

    Mary Jane Pleated Slipper
  4. Then fold the shoe joining the two ends. Lay the shoe out so you sew fabric to fabric and felt to felt. Be sure to match the middle seam up.

    Mary Jane Pleated Slippers
  5. Then fold the layers so the seam you just made is on the inside and you should have a shoe form that looks like this. Optional step, I sometimes top stitch around the lower edge to secure the pleats you don't have to but sometimes it helps.

    Mary Jane Pleated Slippers
  6. Next for the buckle. Since I used piping in the top I added piping around the buckle but it is optional, just sew the piping around the buckle on the right side, turn it over to the back and then I add a strip of felt to the back side. I also often just make a strap out of the felt (examples at the end of the post) The choice is yours.

    Mary Jane Pleated Slippers
  7. Next turn the top piece inside out and with the right sides together line up the top with the sole. (both layers of the sole with the fabric on top) Also pin your buckle into the seam (as shown above) The buckle covers the side seam. To help your shoe lay nicely clip the curves after you sew the piece together.

    Mary Jane Pleated Slippers
  8. There are a lot of ways to secure the buckle. Snaps, buttons, or as I like to use elastic. The nice thing about the elastic loop is that it allows the buckle to stretch, which is nice for little baby feet. But I have also used snaps. To use elastic sew a small loop to the inside of the buckle as shown above.

    Mary Jane Pleated Slippers
  9. Then sew a button to the other side of the shoe.

    Mary Jane Pleated Slippers
  10. Then the elastic loop goes around the button and secures the strap. I especially like this method if the shoes are for a gift, baby feet come in all different sizes and widths and the elastic allows for even chubby baby feet to be comfortable in the shoe, where the buckle may not fit with a snap.

    Mary Jane Pleated Slippers


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Ratings & Comments (7)

Sep 30, 2011

This is too cute. I love it. Do you have a boys shoe that is this easy and this cute? We really need both available.


Jun 19, 2011

Does anyone know where I should cut on the top piece for the 3-6 month size? I see it marked on one part of the top piece but not the other. Thoughts, anyone?


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Jun 17, 2011

I love Mary Jane slippers. Your pattern is adoreable and can be easily sized. Thanks.


Jun 15, 2011

@kath42 2620062: You can easily print this pattern using the "print" button at the top of the page. Hope this helps! -- Editor of FaveCrafts


Jun 15, 2011

I am unable to print these patterns. Could you please send??? I just have to make them for my grand daughter!!!:) Thanx, K


Jun 14, 2011

OH MY GOODNESS thank you for sharing this pattern I am going to present it to my craft group and see if we can make this a group project


Apr 15, 2011

These are perfect for the fundraiser my mom has for her church. She makes adorable, frilly baby girl dresses. Slippers would be the perfect touch.


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