I've been wanting to make these bitty booties by Heather Bailey for the longest time, and goodness knows I've had plenty of good reasons to what with all the wee babies my friends keep having. (I'm sorry friends, I am dreadfully tardy when it comes to making and sending new-baby-presents). Anyway, this weekend, being so wet and wintry and all, it was the perfect time to give them a whirl. Easy as can be, I have to say. Two pieces per bootie, blanket stitch on the edges, and bob's your uncle. I used some felt that I made by felting a woollen jersey in the washing machine. For this, I buy jerseys at junk shops that are 100% wool, and I make sure the washing instructions say handwash only. That's a sure sign it will felt up a treat. Then, I put it in the washing machine on the 60 degree (celsius) cycle, with plain old washing powder. Like magic, you get an incredibly thick felty fabric that you can use for toys or slippers or fabric boxes or little purses or anything that takes your fancy.
The pattern has some decoration ideas, and they look pretty nice in the photos. However, I am a little conflicted about the decoration aspect. Do I add something or not? I'm a little hesitant because...well...it can all just turn into clown clothing before you know it. You know what I mean? Craft treads that line between cool, tragic, and comic, and it's so easy to lose your way.