Wednesday, March 25, 2009

How to Make Baby Booties

Who doesn't love a cute little baby bootie? No, I don't mean their butts, but those are dern cute too!

I'm talkin' bout those cute baby shoes you can use for toppers on your baby cakes!

Here is a step by step tutorial on how I make them using the cutter set you can find HERE:

I use gumpaste for mine, and I highly recommend the Nic Lodge recipe. But some folks do use fondant with success. Cut out 2 soles. There is no left and right foot. Cut them the thickness of the cutter itself. I let those dry one day before I proceed.

Then cut out the toe flap. Don't go too thin or you will have "toe issues" when you apply it to the sole.

I thin the edges slightly.

Then I fold up that flap that I thinned.

Paint with water for glue.

Then I apply the sole (the sole cutter is marked as to which end is the toe). That wet flap is going to go under the bottom of the sole itself.

See how that flap is wrapped under the sole? Many people do not do it this way. They do not thin it, and just wet the to flap and attach it right along the outside edge of the sole. That does not work too well for me, but many people do it that way. So try both ways and see what works best for you. I stuff the inside of the toe with a little cotton to get a nice shape. If your toe flap is rolled too thin, the sole will break through, or you just will not get a good clean look. I let this dry a while before moving on to the next step.

Cut out the back flap piece.

Clean the holes out with a round piping tip.

Thin the edges a bit.

Bend up that flap and wet it with water.

Attach the back flap starting in the middle and then wrapping the 2 sides forward.

I had to prop the shoe up here to take the picture, so I could not actually show you doing it with my hands. These photos were taken many years ago before I even knew how to turn a camera on, so I apologize for the poor quality.

Stuff the shoe to help it hold its shape and let it dry a full day. Then you can go back and add the laces. Do not try to thread and tie the shoe laces like a real shoe. Make them like a dress bow. One loop on one side, one on the other, and a faux knot in the middle. I use my clay gun , using the smallest round disc, to make the laces. (See first pic above.)

Ain't that cuuuute? You can learn how to make this package cake and bows HERE.

These make a nice keepsake for the mom to be. They will last indefinitely.

Customers go nuts over these little things. You will be a superstar cake decorator when they see these!!

Give them a try. They are really fun to make. You can also get creative and modify them a little to make sneakers and Mary Janes.

Love your cakes.
You made them.
God made you,
And God don't make junk.
So you don't either!

Happy Bootie Making!



ElizabethM said...

That is such a great idea to thin the edges and put them under. I am going to try that next time I make these. Your baby booties are so much nicer looking than mine!

Morgan said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I bought your bootie cutters but have not used them yet. This tutorial is very helpful for when I do go to make them. Thanks!

Julie Reid said...

Thank you for the photos!! I can't wait to give it a try!!!

Natasha Vaughn, Cake Designer said...

Thank you so much those are adorable.

DreaminCake11 said...

Thank you! These are tooooo cute!

Zakia / The Frosted Bake Shop said...

your baby booties are soooo cute. thanks for the tutorial!

TAmmy said...

Wow! Thanks for this! I wish I had it when I was doing my recent baby shower cake. I didn't know they made bootie cutters, I will have to get some of those. Thanks so much for sharing it!

GG Shirley said...

Thanks for a great tutorial Sharon. I had just ordered these cutters from you last month and this will be very helpful.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Sharon for this tutorial, I have the bootie cutter and like you said I am one of those who doesn't fold the edge, but I like your idea better. I am going to give it a try. I love your DVD's and the way you explain things. God Bless you for all your help.

fiddlesticks said...

Thanks Sharon I have this cutter and never used it yet , you make it so simple! Thanks for the Lagniappe!

Snooky doodle said...

nice tutorial. Just what I needed :)

Martina said...

Thank you so much! Your booties look so much nicer than mine.Next time I will do it in your way!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the free tutorial! I can't wait to try crafting my own booties.

SharonG said...

Thanks Sharon for sharing the tutorial. The baby shoes are so cute and you did a very neat and smooth job on them. Love the idea of making the flap, I will have to try that...I am one of those who did it the other way. Your way would make for a smoother, crisper edge.

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Beautiful Cakes said...

Thans sooo much for the tutorial. I purchased the bootie cutter over a year ago and never used it. I think I'll give it a try!

Lorraine aka Aine2 said...

You are an incredible artist Sharon. I absolutely adore your work. I hope I don't miss you next time I'm in Texas! x

MammaDucky said...

OOoo! Love 'em! My sil is having a baby early next year and I'm hosting the baby shower. I see a pair of booties in my future!

Mutuelle sante said...

Thanks a ton it is a very good support, now to make baby booties is definitely simple utilizing your guidance. Thanks

kezia McDonald said...

You are an incredible artist Sharon. I absolutely adore your work. I hope I don't miss you next time I'm in Texas! x

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