Did you know my very first blog post was about these Banana Booties by Max & Meena? I haven’t made them for about two years, but when I had a request for a pair, I jumped at the opportunity. Making these booties brought back memories of making them for my son when he was just a babe. His chunky little fit that didn’t fit into anything but socks… that of course never stayed on. I would sew with him strapped to my chest, the only way he’d nap. I could go on and on with the memories…
But let’s get to the pattern! There are so many cute bootie patterns out there, but this is my go to. I love the style of them and the fun ways that patterned or solid fabric can be put together to make such unique booties. It’s also a great pattern for gender neutral booties!
When going to new baby or baby shower gifts, I go for the 2.5 size. That’s what I chose for these two pairs. Since both pairs were heading to the Midwest, I opted to use a lighter weight fabric with summer coming. I chose Cotton Lycra for both the inner and outer layers. Although this pattern can be make with woven, I prefer the look of knit! All fabric is custom Cotton Lycra. With summer coming, I didn’t want the booties too warm!
The first pair we decided on these black and white stripes for the outer fabric. These stripes are a custom print from Flying Pig Fabrics and are slightly wavy. I love this fabric and have been sewing it little by little over the past almost two years! I chose FPF solid black for the bottoms and inside. I think it gives the booties a clean look. I went with a solid black snap for these.
The second pair I used this custom print from Blended Thread Fabrics. I have made my son and myself clothing out of this fabric-it’s one of my favorites (posts here and here)! I paired it with this beautiful solid COLOR from Flying Pig Fabrics. I love the contrast on this pair! Sabra at FPF is my go to for all solid Cotton Lycra-the quality is amazing and there’s no way I want to chance buying a lesser quality anywhere else.
I use plastic KAM snaps on my booties. One, because I don’t have a metal snap tool, and two, because I like all the fun colors that are available (even though I usually go with black). When I use knit fabric (which I prefer to make the booties extra soft), I need to reinforce the snaps. To reinforce the knit fabric, I cut a full out piece in cotton woven fabric and sandwich that in the middle of the inner and outer pieces. I haven’t had a problem with a snap coming through with this method. I make sure to check the booties before each use, though, to double check! I also snap and unsnap each one about 25 times to loosen them up before use. As with anything a baby uses, you should always check for loose pieces before each use.
The other modification I do is to enclose the inner sole seam. This makes for a cleaner finish and more comfortable booty on baby feet! The instructions to do this are in Max and Meena’s Facebook group albums.
I love how both of these turned out! Unfortunately, they always take longer than I think. 🙂 What do you think of these booties? I love how they actually stay on baby feet!… Unlike socks.
As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments! Thanks for stopping by!
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