The harvest moon hangs round and high
It dodges clouds high in the sky,
The stars wink down their love and mirth
The Autumn season is giving birth.
Oh, it must be October . . .
~Pearl N. Sorrels
Last week I was visiting my family in southern Indiana where I saw beautiful and nostalgic (to me) scenes like this.
Oh, it did my soul good.
The same weekend my girl Caitlin was hosting a baby shower for her sweet friend, Samantha back in Texas. We’ve known Sam for 20 years, and I was heart broken not be able to be at the shower. I wanted Sam to know I was there in spirit which was the only excuse I needed to make some cutie Baby Bootie party favors in the colors of Caitlin’s Autumn themed party.
How Cute are These?!
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When Papertrey Ink introduced Erin Lincoln’s stitching dies to make these booties out of felt I knew then I needed a baby in my life! Okay, well, not in my immediate household, but definitely a baby to make booties for. Thank you Sam!
The booties will actually fit a three to five month old infant, but I think they also make an adorable party favor filled with little jelly beans or mints. You can find all the information you need to make a wide variety of booties with Erin’s stitching dies at Nicole Heady’s blog here: Ultimate Baby Inspiration.
Just a word about felt. I strongly recommend investing in high-quality felt to make these booties for two reasons. (1) Each pair of booties took me several hours to make, and of course I hope they become a keepsake. So, I want them to keep their shape and last a long time. (2) The stitching holes are close to the edge of the fabric. If your felt is thin, the holes will rip as you sew and tug the felt into shape. My favorite sources for wool blend felt are Benzie Design, My Favorite Things and, of course, Papertrey Ink.
Here are the rest of the supplies I used. Not pictured are the glass beads I used for the center of the flowers.
As we say in Texas, Happy Fall Y’all!