How to Make Kids' Shoes

Native American Moccasins

In pioneer days, shoes were very expensive and not always easy to obtain. Pioneer families copied the moccasins they saw worn by Native Americans. In this wearable craft, you can learn how to make your own Native American Moccasins.

How to Make Native American Moccasins

Adult Help Needed

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Fabric (such as felt or canvas)
  • Markers
  • Embroidery floss
  • Beads
  • Heavy-duty sewing needle
  • Strong thread

Step 1: Stand barefoot on a piece of newspaper, and trace around 1 foot with a pencil. Then, draw a pattern around the traced foot. Find the distance from 1 to 2 and from 3 to 4 by measuring across your instep and dividing that number in half. (Ask an adult if you need help with this calculation.)

Step 2: Pin the pattern on the fabric, trace around it, and cut it out. (If the fabric you are using is very thick, you may need to have an adult cut it for you.) Trace and cut another pattern for your other foot. Decorate the flaps (tops) of the moccasins with markers, embroidered designs, or sewn-on beads.

Step 3: Fold 1 moccasin in half, with right sides facing in. Use running stitches to sew the front. Gather the stitches a little to fit the shape of your foot. End with several overlapping stitches. Turn the moccasin right side out, and try it on. Use pins to fit the heel seam, then take the moccasin off. Sew the back seam with running stitches to 3/4 inch from the bottom. Trim the seam.

Step 4: Cut out a small square from the heel. Flatten the heel, and sew it closed with overcast stitches. For ties, cut 2 strips of fabric, each 1/2 inch wide and 15 inches long. Then wrap the ties around your ankles just under the top flaps, and tie them in back of the moccasins.

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