- Start searching out those odd lot bins at your local thrift store. You are looking for leather gloves that don't look too worn out. You will be happiest when you find a single because, trust me, it's very painful to cut into a pair of beautiful gloves! If it's a single, it won't matter anyway!
- You will notice in the first photo below that this leather is natural colored on the inside and only dyed on the outside. You can find gloves that are dyed straight through and those will be the ones you want because you get a nicer finish on the edges of the shoes. However, since this is not a perfect world (darn!), you will take what you can get!
- Use a regular sewing needle. In fact, the finer, the better. The finer the needle, the easier it will pull through the leather. Also, use a single strand of regular sewing thread. This is hard enough work already without trying to keep a doubled length of thread under control.
- Start in the center front of the shoe, burying your knot on the inside. When you get to the back of the shoe, tie off and start a new thread in the center front. You can see in the photos that I've finished with one side and I am now working the second side. IMPORTANT: Remember, you are sewing for a doll, not a human! I used to make lots of stitches before realizing that, hey, no one is going to be actually wearing these shoes! Duh! Talk about a free-ing realization!
Okay, so there you go- everything you wanted to know about sewing EFA shoes! Actually, I might be missing something so if there is anything else you want to know, leave your questions in the comments and I will edit this post to address it.
Have a good weekend everyone! I'll be working on Linnea who is looking forward to having her shoes! I just finished a darling item that I wish I could show, but it's for an October birthday girl who checks in here occasionally! I will say this- I have caught the doll quilt bug! I resisted as long as I could, but now that I've done one, I'm hooked and want to make more, more, more!
Hugs to all!