Step One - Secure a vintage baby shoe. These are getting harder and harder to come by as various magazines, craft books and style shows have been featuring them in a variety of crafts and home decor applications in recent years. You can find them on Ebay, but the bidding can get pricey at times. They can also be found in antique stores, auctions, garage sales and thrift shops. I found the shoes below at a Salvation Army. They weren't what I consider cheap at $5.50 a pair. But when I figure that the rest of the supplies for the craft are coming from my stash, that's only $2.25 for a hand-crafted pincushion. I think the basic starter tomato pincushions are at least that!
Step Two - Clean shoe if necessary. I prefer to leave mine looking a little rustic, but some gals like them nice and buffed and polished. You can remove the shoelaces and substitute ribbon if you prefer. I think the tiny baby laces are so sweet and left mine in. Stuff shoe firmly with fiberfill. If you are a purist, you will want to fill yours with emery sand or horsehair instead.
Step Three - Cut a square of your chosen fabric large enough to cover fiberfill and tuck deeply around edges of shoe. Fill with fiberfill. Make a poofy little "ice cream cone" scoop shape with it. Tuck it into the top of the shoe, pushing the fabric edges down into the shoe and rounding things nicely at the open top of the shoe. If necessary, you can run a bead of glue around the edge to hold things in place.
Step Four - Tuck in a bit of vintage lace, rickrack or other trim around the edge. I like the look of the lace because it looks like the shoe has one of those cute ruffled and lace-trimmed socks in it.
Step Five - Embellish your shoe as desired. Bits of millinery, buttons, beads, jewels, pearls, tiny charms and keys. Anything the magpie in you has collected and has laying around the house. Attach with craft glue.
Step Six - Add a sprinkle of straight pins and a little papercrafted tag.
ENJOY!!! You can also turn these into sachets by filling the toe with lavender, potpourri or your favorite scented filler.