DIY Moccasins

Have you ever been curious about making your own shoes? Here at Katie Blauer, we pride ourselves in the fact that our shoes are all one-of-a-kind hand-made creations. But the art of shoemaking is a very specialized skill that takes years of practice to master and I’ll be the first to admit that I still have a lot to learn. Hand made moccasins, however, are a different story! This fun little shoe project is easy enough for the do-it-yourselfer and the opportunities for creative embellishment are endless. The moccasin trend has been around for a long time because nothing compares to the comfy-cute combo of these soft little slippers. So why not give shoemaking a try and in the spirit of Katie Blauer, make them your own! We would love to see what you come up with!

Here’s what you’ll need:
Moccasin Pattern Pack from Tandy Leather Factory
material (usually leather/suede, but I’m sure wool or other textiles could work too!)
large stitching needle
thread (a heavy waxed thread is best)
lace (I used a square leather style lace)
sharp scissors (pinking shears optional)
rotary hole punch tool
embellishments (beads, studs, fringe, etc.)

Deerskin moccasins with lurex knit footbed and chevron bugle bead detail on vamp by Katie Blauer

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9 Responses to DIY Moccasins

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  2. Batter says:

    First off, those moccasins are beautiful! I am in the process of making a pair of the Inca style from the Tandy pattern pack. I was wondering though if you could provide more information or resources for how to do the beading on the vamp?

    Thank you!

    • Katie says:

      Thanks for the question! First, I planned out my beading pattern on a piece of paper by measuring and marking a pattern of dots. Then I taped that to the vamp and used a small awl to pierce through the paper into the deerskin. Next, I used a thin beading needle and some clear thread to sew the beads on, poking the needle through each puncture spot that had been marked by the awl. Luckily it wasn’t too hard to push the needle through the thin deerskin. I mixed the black and gold beads so that the color would be random as I went. I’m sure there are many ways this could have been accomplished and you’ll figure out a good way that will work for you! Good luck with your project!

  3. Lindser says:

    These shoes are amazing!!! Please tell me where I can find good material? Having a hard time finding anything that looks close to what you used. Thanks !

    • Katie says:

      Thank you! I purchased this deer skin at a Tandy Leather Factory store – they have many locations across the country and also sell hides online ( I also often buy leather from Mood Fabrics (in New York City and Los Angeles) and have found great options on eBay too! Hope this helps!

  4. carli says:

    hi! these shoes are so cute! and you do them so well!.. I’m from peru and i can’t buy the patterns:( so i wonder if you can send me your patterns in a e-mail 🙁 or maybe put it on your blog. so i could donwload. Pleeeeeeeeeease!!! 🙁 helpme these is my e-mail:

  5. Lauren says:

    Hey Katie!

    Can you post a picture of the sole of these shoes? Did you leave them as leather or did you add something else to the bottom? Thank you! These are absolutely beautiful!

    • Katie says:

      Hi Lauren, thank you! Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of the moccasin soles, but yes, I just left them as leather. Alternatively, you could easily use contact cement and glue some rubber pods on the bottom – anything goes!

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