I couldn't resist sharing these sweet pixie-elf booties. They turned out so much cuter than I expected they would. Don't you just LOVE when that happens? These are for this special blog friend who is going into the hospital today to have her baby girl, so I'm hoping she's too busy to notice what I'm up to over here before I get them in the mail. I made a whole flannel ensemble to go with them too. Oh, how I love sewing baby layettes. Is there anything sweeter? I've had this sacque pattern forever and made two from the softest cotton flannel. I re-designed it from one I'd found on an old doll. Turned out, it was the perfect size for a newborn. The bottoms are sewn shut which is nice for the colder weather. I never could keep an infant inside those flimsy cotton-knit ones with the crazy drawstrings; dancing feet and dangly legs always seem to work themselves out no matter what. Much easier holding onto a snug little bundle. The zipper makes it simple to dress them too when they are so tiny and new and nothing else fits. I'm looking at these and can't believe any of us were ever that small. But back to the booties. I had intended to use a pattern from a Japanese craft magazine, but found out too late that it and the directions weren't compatible. I just could not quite figure it out, although I did manage to almost make one, and began to realize it wasn't going to be anything like the beautiful photograph shown. Just didn't quite turn out the way I wanted it to, so I dug up another pattern (written in English this time) called "Cozy Toes", from McCall's Crafts #5131 that was printed in 1990. I couldn't stop with these either, had to make a blanket too. I would've made bibs, bonnets, and bears if I'd had more time...but this is as far as I got. I used this vintage pattern for the little embroidery detail, and just added the name. Time to get this wrapped up and on its way. I've got a few surprises for the "Littles" too.