big girl shoes

Meet Matilda.


The world’s cutest {almost} two year old. She is a spunky little thing who is such a girl. One of my favorite things about her is her love of shoes.

Her birthday is in just a few days and I have found the perfect gift for her

{Rae : stop reading if you don’t want to see what  we’re giving your baby}

birdies big girl shoes

Birdie’s Big Girl Shoes is a darling story book with GORGEOUS illustrated by the talented Sujean Rim. It is right up there on my list of most delightful {and pretty} children’s books.  And just the right thing for a little girl with a shoe obsession.


Such a cute illustration. I sort of want to frame it and put it in Audrey’s room.


When Ryan saw this picture he said the mom reminded him of me. I’m totally flattered because that mommy has some sexy legs!

So I bought the book and was inspired to make a little something extra for the birthday girl.


How about a tutorial?


Here is what you’ll need:

:: t-shirt {I bought this one from Target – Audrey has it too and I love it}

:: fabric {for the shoe and for the flower}

:: image {or a book with an image you want to copy}

:: scissors, pins, needle & thread

:: sewing machine

:: tulle & beads {optional, for the flower}

STEP ONE: prepare the image


I chose this shoe from the book and photo copied it at 150%


Then cut it out.

STEP TWO: cut design out of fabric




STEP THREE: pin design to shirt


I went a little pin-crazy, but I didn’t want it to slip out of place when stitching.

STEP FOUR: stitch onto shirt


I used a contrasting thread and just did a regular straight stitch around the perimeter, being sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.


Then trim the threads and you have an adorable tee shirt.


I wanted to embellish even more with a fluffy flower. Here’s how I made it:

STEP ONE: cut out 5 circles in desired flower size and 1 small circle for the center of the flower.


I also cut out several circles of tulle to add some fluff. Simply fold the tulle into four layers and cut a rough circle about the same size as the ones above.


STEP TWO: create the base of the flower


Stack the layers of tulle on top of one circle and make a few small stitches to keep them together.


STEP THREE: add the petals


fold a circle in half, then add a second at a 90-degree angle with their centers aligned


then a third


and fourth.


Now bring the first circle end over the last one so that each circle is over-under-over-under. Does that make sense? I’m having a hard time describing it, but it really isn’t too complicated.


STEP FOUR: now stitch down to the base


STEP FIVE: add the center


layer the small circle on top of a few small tulle circles and place in the center of the flower


stitch down.

STEP SIX: add beads to the center


I used these glass seed beads and just made a stitch through each center.


STEP SEVEN: attach to shirt with a few small hand-stitches



Here is another flower I made using this same technique. Super cute as a headband.


Back to the shirt : it turned out better than I had envisioned and I so hope the
sweet birthday girl loves it as much as I do!


Click here to visit Amazon.com and purchase the book Birdie’s Big-Girl Shoes.

73 Responses to big girl shoes

  1. cheap girl shoes online April 2, 2014 at 4:49 am #

    This is relly adorable! I love your eye for design :)

  2. Tracey September 9, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    I just have to say that Matilda is ADORABLE!! What a perfect name for her. It just suits her. Hope she had a wonderful bday! BTW….LOVE this page…so glad I found it. When I grow up my dream is to be crafty. ;) You are an inspiration!

  3. Bernie April 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Copyright laws? Is it OK to use an image from a book as long as you dont sell it?

  4. Jules February 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    PLEASE more tutorials…I’ve done two already and working on the third! You have such a great eye for style and design! Keep it up!

  5. Shelly February 5, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Emily, you are truly talented and generous. Thank you so much for sharing! I’m new to blog sites and you are such an inspiration. Thanks for having me :-).

  6. Laura January 31, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    I LOVE your tutorials!!!! I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THEM! You have such great ideas I want to copy them ALL!!!!!!!
    p.s. You can add many many MANY more tutorials! I LOVE YOUR STYLE!

  7. kirbie January 30, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    This is SUCH a cute idea. I have twin 2 and 1/2 yr old twin nieces that are such little divas and would be soo adorable in a shirt as cute as this. I made them the Mae dolls that you had featured on one of your blogs. They LOVED them. Thank you for all of your creativity and being so open to sharing it with all of us, especially the ones that just wish they were as creative as you (this would be me.) Thanks!

  8. Kelsey Cafferky November 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    You’ve done it again Emily! SOO cute! Oh and would you mind telling me what material Audrey’s flower is made of in the last pic? And what is that headband? I get almost ALL of my baby headband idea’s from you! :)

  9. student loans November 10, 2010 at 1:58 am #

    My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

  10. Hannah November 2, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    Super super cute!! I used another one of your ideas to make something very similar. http://www.beenup2.com/photos/784338-cute-little-tshirts

  11. Kimberly Thompson November 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    are there any special instructions for washing shirts with embellishments like this?

  12. Nuha October 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    that little girl is so precious!! and the shirt looks so good too!! I’m sure they’ll love the present since its packed with so much TLC!

  13. heidi October 30, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    so super cute! I want to make one!!

  14. veronika October 29, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    How lovely! They do sell this sort of stuff in Mini Boden but this is such a cool way to update otherwise boring T-sirt. And I love love the book my little girl Matilda will love it and perhaps stop wearing my shoes :) thank you

  15. Stacy October 29, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    Love it! I’m going to Target and making it tonight!!! Thanks! I love your blog! Can’t wait to read it everyday!

  16. bean October 29, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    OH MY. Could this be more perfect to go with my coming-in-the-mail print? I’ll have to get a slightly larger shirt to accommodate a 15-year-old, but seriously. Thank you again!

  17. cheri October 29, 2010 at 7:18 am #

    Love! Love! Love! LOVE! You have inspired me {yet again!}…

  18. Jo October 29, 2010 at 5:52 am #

    Adorable. Have you tried the iron on interfacing or whatever it’s called? you trace it onto the paper of the interfacing, iron it onto the wrong side of the shoe fabric, cut it out and iron it onto your shirt. simple and easy. then you can stitch it to the shirt, but no pins and you don’t have to stitch it if you don’t want to. very easy. this is just darling tho.

  19. Amber October 29, 2010 at 5:39 am #

    I bought that book last year and love it! I have shared it with so many people. It is always on sale at Target.

  20. Mary October 28, 2010 at 9:53 pm #

    I’ve read that book. As a shoe lover, both my daughter and I loved it! That top is adorable. You’re soooo creative! Love your site.

  21. Denise Rhoden October 28, 2010 at 9:14 pm #

    I love the tshirt you embellished! I am sure the little girl will absolutley love it! You are very creative. It is a neat gift to give the shirt with the book.

  22. Jessica October 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm #

    Emily! Thank you so much for the oh-so-cute post! I’m ordering this for my BF’s Christmas Gift. She’s 27 but that’s ok. I think she’ll like it just as much. :)

    Perhaps I could do a dishtowel for her doing mini shoes? Thanks! xoxo

    • emily October 29, 2010 at 8:09 am #

      such a cute idea. I love children’s books, so I would love it is a gift even if I didn’t have kids! And the dishtowel would be darling …

  23. KC October 28, 2010 at 7:35 pm #

    that turned out really cute! i think tilly will love it and so will her mama!

  24. Katherine October 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    That shirt is so cute. The book looks adorable as well. You are so creative.

  25. susie October 28, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    great job and soooo cute. I think that I might try and make my grand daughter on of the shirts.

  26. Jen October 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

    I am swooning!!! everything about this is perfection! Great tutorial also.
    Jen at The Gifted Giver

  27. barbara freeling October 28, 2010 at 6:00 pm #


  28. Cassidy October 28, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

    I am going to have to make this for my shoe loving little one, going to dust the sewing machine off. Thank you for sharing.

  29. Kimber-Leigh October 28, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    absolutely adorable. the book and the tee. i would be thrilled to get that gift, and uh, on my next birthday i’ll be, ahem, 2 (+30) :) super cute. thanks for the tutorial.

  30. melissa October 28, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    I LOVE it ! Fabulous job.

  31. Alysa Whitlock October 28, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    I love the tutorial and the book. I’m new to your blog and I love how I receive your updates via email. You have wonderful ideas and ideas I’ve been wanting to try for a long time but don’t know how. Your tutorials are thorough and simple — perfect for my simple mind. I know these things take time so thank you. Keep the inspiration coming.

  32. Cathy October 28, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    Very Cute! Love the shoe on the shirt!

  33. EarlyGirl October 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm #

    I absolutely LOVE that book. I bought it for Jocelyn for her 2nd birthday (she LOVES to get into my shoes, and we call her Linny Bird). I may have to find an extra one and make a book page canvas out of it for her room!

  34. Gina October 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    oh it is so adorable! I don’t have daughters but I would wear it myself!!

  35. Lauren Leonard October 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    That shirt is so cute! What a thoughtful gift. My daughter is 3 and her nickname is “Birdie”! I think that book is a “must get” for her birthday. Thanks for sharing your talents!

  36. Xio October 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    thanks for sharing!! i know another {soon to be} 2 year old who LOVES shoes and I’m sure will love this book. great idea for even the tiniest fashionistas : )

  37. Elizabeth October 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    ADORABLE! You are so creative!! I’m going to have to get some of those books too for Christmas gifts, so cute!!

  38. valerie October 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    wow! Love this book and the shirt you made! Do you make these for mommies too? I love love love it! You are so talented Emily! Hugs

  39. Victoria Hopkins October 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    It is gorgeous and you are so clever to keep coming up with your wonderful ideas. what a lovely gift.

  40. Sarah October 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    i have adored this book from far. i don’t know if my boys would appreciate it much. although the book and shirt is a great idea for my nieces for xmas. thanks for sharing.

  41. Amber Bailey- Nel October 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    It is wonderful! My niece is going to get this for Christmas. Thanks for sharing Amber x

  42. Shelley October 28, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    Are you kidding me?!?!?!?! This is PER-FECT for my little one. She is completely obsessed with shoes! One of my happiest moments as a mommy came when I saw her strut out of my closet wearing my hot pink peep-toe heels at 18 months old :) “Thank you God, she’s a girie girl!” I will definitely be making this shirt asap!

  43. Erika Reiner October 28, 2010 at 11:44 am #



    I have a niece who is obsessed with shoes and all things sparkly. I am going to have to do this for her! She not quite two yet.

    Thanks for the idea!

    Erika Reiner (aka. Fler…pronounced Flair)

  44. Julie Brazelton October 28, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    Wow….you are beyond talented. If I had a girl I would be making that shirt right away. But with two boys I think I will just admire your talent:)

  45. emily October 28, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    just darling, i have added that book to my christmas list for my little girl!

  46. Joan Dobutovich October 28, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    Instead of going “crazy” with pinning, you could have used a fusible web to hold the shoe in place on the T-shirt. If you don’t like frayed edges, do a tight zig-zag on the edges.

  47. Tonia October 28, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    That is too cute, I going to try this for my 2 yr old little cousin.

  48. Anna October 28, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    You have the cutest ideas and are so creative! I always look forward to your email!

  49. Angie October 28, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    Cute as a button. Thanks from Granny Angie!

  50. Lisa GYLLING October 28, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    Very, very Sassy!!!


    * Sassy is good!

  51. Felt So Cute October 28, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    Little Cute has that book and LOVES it as she is also a “shoe girl” – what a fun project!

  52. Natalie October 28, 2010 at 10:40 am #

    how adorable! i love it!

  53. Nicki October 28, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    Wow Emily! That is super cute! You are SO SO SO talented!!

  54. Amanda October 28, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    OH OH OH!-I love it! I am going to get the book for my 4 year old fashionista today. Hoping to attempt the shirt soon!

  55. Amanda M. October 28, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    HOLY ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!! I absolutely LOVE this. You are so awesome, Emily!

  56. Meghan October 28, 2010 at 7:53 am #

    I love it!

  57. Shannon October 28, 2010 at 7:08 am #

    looooove this idea!!! I soo know what I am doing for children’s christmas gifts this year! you’re great!

  58. -Kyrie October 28, 2010 at 6:59 am #

    I love the flower! Another great tutorial – my mind is popping with ideas ;D !!



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  60. Tracy October 28, 2010 at 6:48 am #

    So cute! I love the idea!

  61. jill October 28, 2010 at 6:48 am #

    Just found your blog and I adore it! This tutorial is amazing, can’t wait to check out this book!

    Take a peek at my new stylish mom/baby blog: http://goodtotsforless.blogspot.com

  62. Julie October 28, 2010 at 6:35 am #

    Very sweet & sassy! I will have to get the book for sure! And i might have to be brave and try the shirt! Thanks for sharing!

  63. rachel October 28, 2010 at 6:23 am #

    Soo cute!! I will order that book today. my little girl loves shoes too!! You are so talented.
    The shirt is so sweet!!

  64. Melissa October 28, 2010 at 6:08 am #

    What an awesome book and present – love that you personalized the top!!

  65. amanda October 28, 2010 at 5:48 am #

    Can I just tell you how much I adore your blog! I just recently found you and so glad I did! This is the cutest tutorial ever! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  66. annie October 28, 2010 at 5:46 am #

    That has got to be the cutest post ever …..my little Elizabeth is a shoe lover from day one and I am going to get the book today. Love the tutorial too….I might try to duplicate it but I am sure yours will always look better!

  67. Lynda October 28, 2010 at 5:44 am #

    So creative and adorable! Love the touch of the the flower. She is sure to love it! What a precious little girl! It’s fun giving books with an item that relates to the story. I gave a tooth fairy book as a gift and then made a little personalized felt tooth bear to go with it.

  68. Cynthia October 28, 2010 at 5:40 am #

    This is so cute! You should sell all of your crafty items in your shop!! As a full time working mom (who frankly isn’t very crafty), I’d definitely buy this for my niece and many of the other homemade items you’ve featured on this blog. Love this!!

  69. Serah October 28, 2010 at 5:38 am #

    That is so precious! Will you sell them? We find out tomorrow if we’re having a boy or a girl and if it’s a girl, I must have one of these for her!

  70. Tessa October 28, 2010 at 5:16 am #

    the most adorable little birthday gift EVER!!!

  71. Sarah October 28, 2010 at 5:16 am #

    So, so cute!!!

  72. Tonia October 28, 2010 at 4:31 am #

    Love this! Such a fun way to celebrate shoes & little girls! Can you wash this in the machine or do you hand wash? Thanks for all your great ideas!

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