Introducing Oleo Vonvurstenberg and Leather Baby Booties


Remember our little shadow friend that came to visit? Well, I decided to make him a reality, sans toothpick. I used smooth silk/linen fabric from fabmo (so soft for a little baby) for the body and velvet embroidery thread for the details. Velvet embroidery thread, while not cheap, is hands down my favorite to work with. It’s just so yummy! Without any further ado, I’d like to introduce you to Oleo Vonvurstenberg. He’s sweet, always happy to see you and loves curious little babies.

Oleo Vonvurstenberg


I also made a pair of regal baby booties in black. Leather. I just love this bitty booties pattern from Heather Bailey, it’s so easy to hand sew and even easier on the sewing machine.


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    1. Chris says:

      Nelly looks like she was enjoying Oleo Vonvurstenberg. I’m happy that you found a last name for little Oleo. He was going to be lonely without a full name.

    2. linda says:

      Oleo’s long ears are perfect for Penelope’s little hands to grasp. She seems quite enchanted with him. Fine work, Melissa, in both cases.

    3. Julia says:

      You amaze me. I want to be like you. I guess I just have to try it, huh? Fabulous!

    4. Tanya says:

      Awesome. That’s such a nice way to support your baby’s imagination.

    5. thereddeer says:

      Love the toy – I think my 4 month old daughter would love a toy like that. I might have to get sewing.

    6. It only seems like a few days since I’ve been on your blog but I certainly hope it has been much longer than that. You have been busy! I thought I was being productive but you are operating on a whole different plane than me. I love the high-waisted skirt by the way. So Audrey Hepburn.

    7. stephanie says:

      i love them both, but i’ve developed a bit of an obsession with the black leather booties.

    8. emily sparks says:

      i LOVE the bitty booties! i’ve made a few pairs for my penelope, but they don’t stay on! do you have the same problem? ps i really like your blog.

    9. Melissa says:

      So, honestly I have never gotten around to making Penelope a pair of baby booties, so I hate to admit it, but I’ve never really seen them in action! Although, with one pair of booties (I guess I never photographed them) I made a little loop from the back of the heel of the booties and looped elastic ribbon to go around the ankle. The friend that got that pair said that they stayed on nicely.

    10. Holy crap, those black leather booties are freakin’ awesome. Nice!!!

    11. […] made more of these booties in felt & leather that I later blogged about on this blog. I think I should make a pair of these for Felix sometime […]

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