How to Make Doll Shoes Without Sewing a Stitch

Do you want to make doll shoes but are intimidated by the sewing? Here's a no-sew shoe tutorial perfect for you! 

We're using our Butterfly Boots pattern as an example in this tutorial, but it's a basic shoe construction for any doll footwear that you can make your own. The best news? It's super easy!

So watch the video below or follow the steps in the written instructions to see for yourself just how simple these are...

Here are the materials you will need for this project:

  • ​Vinyl or leather - I like Vinyl because it is inexpensive and relatively easy to find. Speaking of vinyl, do not use costume vinyl; it is too flimsy for this project. You want something sturdy.  Leather scraps would also work well. As your local leather accessory makers if they have any scraps - you will only need about 10"x11". 
  • Trim (1/4" - 3/8" wide) - Grosgrain ribbon, braided trim, sequin trim or any other trim will work. 
  • Cardboard - Cereal or cookie box will work.
  • 6mm foam - You can find this in craft stores. 
  • Glue - Alternately, I used rubber cement (please observe caution when using this type of glue, always use in a well ventilated room) and glue sticks. Always use glue sticks sparingly to avoid bulky glue residue in the shoe. 
  • Scissors
  • Hobby Knife - Such as X-Acto® Knife
  • Leather puncher
  • Shoe laces of your choice - Ribbon or polycord. 

For the purposes of this tutorial, we've condensed the steps to the basics of shoe making. More details and tips are on the video above.

Ready? Let's do this!

Step 1: Cut all the pattern pieces including the soles (cardboard, foam and vinyl).

no-sew doll shoes tutorial step 1 

Step 2: Punch out shoe lace holes on the Uppers using a leather puncher. Use hobby knife to remove cut outs (optional). 

no-sew doll shoes tutorial step 2

Step 3: Glue cardboard and the vinyl soles together.  

no-sew doll shoes tutorial step 3

Step 4: Glue the front Upper to the front of the cardboard sole. Wrap it around the sides and cut small clits to help flatten the material.

no-sew doll shoes tutorial step 4

Step 5: Glue the Upper to the back side of the shoe. Repeat step 3.

no-sew doll shoes tutorial step 5

Uppers glued to the sole pictured below...

no-sew doll shoes tutorial uppers glued to sole

Step 6: Apply hot glue to the matching foam sole and glue it to the Upper. Press hard for a few minutes to minimize gaps. 

no-sew doll shoes tutorial step 6

Step 7: Glue the trim around the foam. Cut the trim to size and glue the ends to close. 

That's it! Your doll can now rock these fabulous boots.

Tip: I have a pair of old doll legs that I bought off of eBay that I use for shoe making. It helps when making shoes, acting as shoe lasts, when molding the shoes.

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  • Jeanne Pruitt on

    i enjoyed watching video of no sew shoes

  • Kathy Norton on

    After making several pair of these boots, I finally watched your video. lol I wish I would have done it sooner. It would have made my first pair so much easier. This is my main go to boot pattern right now. It is a great video.


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