Whether you call them shoes or clogs, an elf must wear something on his little feet... it's cold up there at the North Pole! How about these wee felt booties? Here's another one of my all-time favorite Christmas patterns for my crafty friends.
Click -->here<-- to download the pdf pattern.
Use a fairly heavy felt for these, as the lighter weights don't hold up as well. The pom pom on the toe isn't just to be cute, it hides where the four points meet (which for me always turned out a tad messy). I like to use Perle Cotton to whipstitch the seams and edges, I find it much easier to work with than stranded embroidery floss and it looks great.
The next photo happened after I opened a lovely candy cane and I discovered it was invisibly broken inside the plastic wrapper. Sad face...
And guess what, there is an Elf Clogs group on Flickr where you can see lots of clever and creative versions made from the pattern. Add yours as well if you decide to give it a go.
So... clog on!
By the way... the painting is finished upstairs and they've started sanding the wood floors. We decided to give up on doing anything downstairs until after Christmas to retain what's left of our sanity... but everything upstairs looks fantastic! I haven't been able to get many good pics because there always seem to be workers or ladders or plastic covering everything. I'll share as soon as things clear out up there, then I can show you the colors we picked!