Making Doll Shoes
It is possible to make doll shoes at home without having to sew a stitch and the process is quite easy for everyone. Not many people find it enjoyable to make doll shoes using stitches and this tutorial teaches on how to make the shoes without stitching. Several materials and items are needed when making the doll shoes and these are readily available in nearby dealers at friendly costs. Vinyl is necessary for the project and the good thing is that vinyl is inexpensive and also easy to use especially if not flimsy. Being sturdy and strong makes leather straps a perfect choice for making the doll shoes for those who would prefer leather than vinyl.
The other material required is a trim which could be sequin trims, braided trims or any other type of trim. You will need to have cardboard to hold the other materials and foam of around six millimeters in thickness. You also need glue and some glue sticks which should be used with care to avoid leaving too much residue in the shoes. If rubber cement is used, it must be used in ventilated rooms due to having certain effects when one inhales it. To cut and make holes on the materials, scissors and hobby knives as well as a leather puncher will be needed. A pair of shoelaces that can either be ribbon or poly cord laces depending on what you prefer between the two.
The pattern pieces which include foams, vinyl and cardboard should be cut using the hobby knife to be of good size. The second step involves making holes in the uppers which are easier when a leather punch is used to do this. Glue the cardboard soles together with the vinyl by applying glue and confirm they are well glued. Next, glue the front upper to the upper cardboard sole and wrap the material around the sole while cutting small pieces to make the sole flat. After the cardboard soles and front upper are glued, proceed to glue the upper part to the back of the shoe and repeat the third step.
Pick the respective foams and apply hot glue and then glue them together with the uppers while pressing them to ensure they leave no gaps. Then take the trims and use glue to stick it onto the foam while ensuring to press so that they stick properly. Use the hobby knife or scissors to cut the trims to be of needed size and apply glue on the endings and then close the shoes completely. To ensure that the shoes are perfect, one might use old doll legs to act as shoe lasts to help in molding the shoes into perfect shapes and size.