Baby booties make an excellent gift for new babies at family get-togethers and holiday gatherings. You can even make a small pair as a sweet memento or holiday ornament for a baby's first Christmas!
Here are six of our favorite ways to take a basic knit or crochet baby bootie pattern and make it extra-special for the little one in your life. We've also included links to free baby bootie patterns on LionBrand.com to help you get started (including the Lavish Booties pictured to the right).
A small initial or simple shape like a star or flower is easy to add, and makes your gift extra-special. You probably already have a large-eye blunt needle for seaming your projects, all you have to do is pick a design and yarn!
Appliqués make perfect additions to your booties! You can add tiny handmade shapes by stitching each one up as a separate piece in any color you like, and then sewing them onto your finished booties. Make sure to stitch them on firmly, as little hands may try to pull at them while playing.
Adding a glimmer of sparkle to glam-up your booties is a wonderful idea. You can even alternate between sparkling yarn and your regular working yarn to add a little more visual interest. The sparkling Bonbons multi-packs are a great option if you're interested in making small sparkling projects.
Add color with stripes! Stripes can be bold and thick or thin and dainty, depending on the look you want to achieve, and Bonbons make it easy to get a variety of colors all at once. Check out this super-simple way to knit stripes evenly when you're working in the round: How to Knit Jogless Stripes.
Stitched on with care, buttons add a little flair to the baby booties you're making. Make sure to choose rounded and smooth buttons for baby projects, because little hands (and little mouths) are bound to be very interested in them. Use vintage, modern or hand-crocheted buttons and each pair you make will be special!
Make it a set!
The only gift that could be cuter in booties would be a matching baby set. Make your favorite baby projects in the same yarn, or using the same sort of appliqués, embroidery or buttons and your set will match beautifully! The best part is you don't have to make something specific. Crocheted hats and knitted booties, a woven blanket and crocheted booties, or a blanket, hat, booties and mittens all in the same yarn; any of these would make a great set and a wonderful gift.
Ready to get started?
Here are some great free patterns to get you started on baby bootie projects!
What is your favorite gift to make for a new baby? Leave a comment to let us know!