Fabulous Felt Shoes Finished

Side view of a high-heeled shoe made of felt and stuffed, then decorated with felt flowers. The shoe has a red sole, like the famous Louboutins.

Yet another Twixmas project that lasted longer than I anticipated…!

I enjoyed making these – the instructions were clear, and in fact, you make a basic court shoe shape, and then add variations and additions. Some of the felt I had was a little flimsy, so the two decorative additions to the first two shoes are both made of two layers of felt stitched together, using patterned blanket stitches, before I attached them to the shoes.

Another felt shoe, this one with smaller decoration and a high vamp

I varied the stitches I used, not quite following the instructions.

Of Course I Did.

The basic shoe shapes are put together using stab stitch, which I use when I’m making felt cradle toys. It’s secure, simple, and leaves a nice raised seam, which I think adds to, rather than detracts from, the finished effect.

Front view of the simplest felt shoe, a court shoe with florid decoration over the toe.

I think the instructions suggest back stitch for the leaves, but I’ve chosen reverse chain stitch. I like the solidity of the line, and it somehow enhances the slight dimensionality of attaching the two leaves together.

The instructions also suggest ready made felt balls for the flower centres – I didn’t have any, so I just made small stuffed balls of the same felt as the leaves. And there are two sorts of flower – one is made of two discs stitched together and stuffed, the other is, effectively, a Suffolk Puff.

I think they are both charming!

A small square felt cushion, presented on the diagonal and decorated with felt leaves, flower and buds. The shoes will be hung from this to create a mobile.

Once I’d done the shoes I gave some attention to hanging them. I had some felt left over, so I made a small felt cushion using the shoe colours, and then made some more flowers and leaves.

The finished mobile is delightful, but it goes very badly with my studio, which is still decorated in the taste of the previous people to live here – yellow (no quarrel with that) with a border panel in pink, blue, and green.

I’m going to have to redecorate the studio, aren’t I!


  1. Sue Jones says:

    The shoes aren’t really to my taste. But very nicely stitched, and the flowers are clever.

  2. Linda says:

    Fabulous shoes. I’ve just decorated my studio which was also yellow. [it’s blue now]

  3. Lin says:

    They are gorgeous – roughly how big please?

  4. Oh, how I wish I could squeeze my feet into such gorgeous shoes!
    They are pure glamour!

  5. Karen says:

    that looks like a very enjoyable little project, and turned out beautifully. Re the redecorating, for me the pink would definitely have to go!

  6. Alex Hall says:

    I particularly like the way the puffed sections enhance the flowers – I do think felt balls might have been too big and overpowered the design. As for the redecorating, what better reason than to match a piece of textile art?!

  7. Carolyn Foley says:

    I used to love pretty shoes, now it is just lace-ups. Maybe I can make believe that I have a wonderful collection if I stitch them?