Free Pattern Friday: Suzy Sandal

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I decided to feature another one of my personal patterns today since it is one of my current projects.  I am making some more of the Suzy Sandal for a client as well as for a friend.  My little Tessa has now worn her Suzy sandals many times, so I can tell you about the fit and versatility.  I made an adjustment that isn’t on the first pattern, but has since been updated.  So, if you have the previous version, make sure you check out the update.


IMG_2943 copyBabies’ shoes don’t really stay on very well.  If they fit around the ankle, they don’t fit in the length.  Most of the time, they slide right off of the foot because babies don’t really have a heel to speak of.  These shoes, though, fit very well.  I should mention that the updates add a strap connecting the ankle to the toe cap, keeping them on the foot.  Without the update, they tend to flop off of the foot.

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These shoes are great for spring, summer, or fall weather.  Add some socks and they could be worn in the winter, too. They are very versatile and pretty quick to work up.

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I decided to give a little bling to the toe cap by simply adding a pretty button.

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You can click on the pdf file above the images, or view the pattern following:

(Please remember, you may use this pattern as you wish- and sell finished products- but please do not sell or alter the pattern.  Please link back to

Suzy Sandal

By Chelsie Brady

Size F hook (3.75 mm)

worsted weight yarn


Chain 9

Row 1: 3 sc in second stitch from hook, sc in next 2 stitches, hdc, dc in next 3 stitches, 6 dc in last stitch.  Working across other side of chain, dc in next 3 stitches, hdc, sc in next 2 stitches.

Row 2: Starting in the first sc of the last round, 2 sc in each of the next 3 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches, 2 sc in each of the next 6 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches.

Row 3: Starting in the first sc of the last round, *sc in next, 2 sc in next,* Repeat 3 times, sc in next 8 stitches, *sc in next, 2 sc in next,* Repeat 4 times, sc in next 8 stitches.

Row 4: sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next, sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next, slip stitch in next stitch

Row 5: slip stitch in each stitch around.  Fasten off. (39 stitches) Turn the entire sole over so that the back of the sole is on the inside of the shoe.  When you reattach the yarn, attach it only on the inside loops.


Attach yarn using a slip stitch 3 stitches from where you left off on the sole IN FRONT LOOPS ONLY.

Row 1: Chain 2 (This will be counted as your first dc), dc in each of the next 11 stitches (you should have 12 dc, including the first ch 2), chain 1, TURN

Row 2: hdc in next 2 stitches, hdc2tog in next, hdc in next 2 stitches, hdc2tog in next, hdc in last 2 stitches. Chain 1, TURN

Row 3: hdc across all 8 stitches

For left shoe: chain 16, slip stitch in 2nd stitch from hook and next 8 stitches. Chain 6. Slip Stitch in 3rd stitch from hook and in each of the next 2 stitches to get back to the ankle strap. Continue slip stitching each stitch across the strap and back of the shoe. Fasten off.

For right shoe: slip stitch across the back of the shoe (8 slip stitches), chain 16, slip stitch in 2nd stitch from hook and next 8 stitches. Chain 6. Slip Stitch in 3rd stitch from hook and in each of the next 2 stitches to get back to the ankle strap. Slip stitch in remaining stitches on strap. Slip stitch strap to back of shoe. Fasten off.


Attach yarn using a slip stitch in the 4th stitch from the left heel stitch on the sole IN FRONT LOOPS ONLY.

Row 1: Chain 4 (This will count as your first tc),* skip 1 stitch, tc in next stitch, chain 1,* Repeat 9 times, skip next stitch, tc in next stitch (this should be the 4th stitch from the heel.) chain 2, TURN

Row 2: Making your stitch around the ch 1 that is between the  tc of the last row, dc2tog 5 times. chain 2, slip stitch to the first dc2tog stitch to close off the toe cap. Fasten off.


Make a magic ring with 7 hdc, slip stitch to first hdc and pull tail to close off ring.

Row 1:  *Chain 4, sc in next stitch* Repeat 7 times to make 7 petals.

Row 2: *Chain 6, sc in back loops of the sc from last row (should create a petal right behind the petal from row 1)* Repeat 6 times, chain  6, slip stitch in last stitch to make 7 petals

Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew flower on to the toe cap.

Weave in all ends, sew flower on. Use a bit of the tail from the flower to sew your strap in the center of the toe cap, under the flower, so that the ankle strap and toe cap are connected.

For the closure around the ankle, I used a small hook and eye closure and a button sewn on to the outside of the strap, just for aesthetics.  You can use a sew-on snap or other closure of your choice.

Repeat all steps for the other shoe.  Congratulations!  You now have a most adorable pair of summer sandals!

Crochet: Bird pattern release

You may or may not have figured out Tessa’s Halloween costume by the small hints in an earlier post.  She will be the most adorable little bird.

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I made the little romper

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The wings and tie back were designed by the talented Briana K.

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The pattern is available in her Ravelry shop, here.

DSC_0078 (3)editI just got the tulle to make a little tutu for the tail feathers, which should be absolutely adorable!  :)  My boys decided on their costumes a while ago: Liam- vampire, Luke and Jude- bats.  I would love to do a group costume again, like we did last year and a couple of years ago, but the boys were pretty adamant about their choices- and I was not about to make the princess be a scary bat or vampire.  Maybe I’ll whip up a little something for me to be a mama bird.

I’m still taking Halloween orders, but only for a couple more days.  If you want anything made, please contact me right away.


I am part of a HUGE giveaway at The Stauffer Home blog.


There are over 50 prizes being given away.  Click on the image to go to the Stauffer Home blog.  When there, find and click on the rafflecopter link to see all of the ways to enter.  (I’m giving away a heart stitched leg warmer/ beanie set)

The sooner you get your entries in, the better your chance of winning because prizes will be given out at random times throughout the month of October (and the first couple of days in November).

Make sure you like my page, Puddy Pad Designs (That counts as an entry)

Sneak Peek

I’m dying to show you Tessa’s Halloween costume, but I’m pattern testing and the pattern hasn’t been released yet.  I will show you the full product as soon as I’m able.  For now, here’s a sneak peek:

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I can show you the little body suit I made for her to wear with the costume.  She’s been wearing it all day and I love it so much!

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Crochet: Snugglers


A few weeks ago, we spent some time in Utah/ Idaho- mostly for family visits, but also for work.  While there, I made a couple of purple snugglers for a client.


I made up the pattern, wanting them to be functional, but beautiful. They turned out so nice that, after we returned home, I decided to make one for my Tessa.


This week, I made a different style, plus a little hat, for another client.

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This one is so soft and cuddly, using bulky weight yarn in a ribbed pattern.  The pictures were taken before getting the buttons on, including a cute pink bow button on the hat.

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This set was sent to their new home today.  I’m hoping that they are useful.

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Crochet: Free Pattern Friday


Welcome to the first installment of Free Pattern Friday.  Once a month, I plan to feature a free pattern, either one of my own designs or an interesting pattern I’ve found on the interwebs.  :)  If you come across a free pattern that you think deserves to be shared, send me a link.  I’ll check it out and it might end up being featured.

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Today’s pattern is my own.  I have this little pink tutu for my Bitty Baby, that is now getting too small because she’s not worn it.  I had nothing to pair it with.  Pants wouldn’t work… a skirt wouldn’t work… but it looked too bare left as is. Enter leg warmers.

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I started playing around with the stitches- should I do houndstooth or shell stitches?  Double crochet stripes?  I thought it would be really fun to make a stitch that looked like hearts.  I don’t think this is a new idea. I’ve seen some things that sort of resemble a heart, but I couldn’t find a pattern or tutorial anywhere. So, I made it up!

You can use this stitch on anything, really: blankets, hats, clothes…  How cute would a pair of heart stitched pants be? (for a baby, of course.  I am not condoning heart stitched pants on anyone older than like 2)


I’m sharing my pattern for these sweet little leg warmers.  I made them in size 3-6 months, but I included a table of how to make them virtually any size.

Take a look.  Make a pair (or ten).  And let me know what you think.  If you find errors or find it to be confusing, please let me know.


Download the pdf file here:

Heart Stitch Leg Warmers

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Crochet: Elf on the Shelf

It’s a little bit odd to be thinking about Christmas already.

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The time has come! Last year, I had a lot of interest in ordering one (or more) of my cute little Elf friends.

Each one is 12 inches from top of head to bottom of feet, not including the hat.  They have pose-able arms and legs, so they can get in all sorts of predicaments.  Girls have a little skirt and the legs are crocheted to look like they are wearing bloomers.  They also have long hair.  For either boys or girls, you can choose the hair color (brown, yellow, orange).  They are filled with Poly-fil and made from 100% acrylic yarns, making them machine washable/ dryable, although with any handcrafted item, you should use a delicate cycle and only when necessary.  Your satisfaction is guaranteed.  Each item is made to order and will be ready to ship within about 2 weeks.


I am now taking orders, but will only be taking a limited number of orders, so be sure to get yours!  Go to my website here and fill out the custom order form as follows: