Weekend Sewing
1. Sewing:

Even needlephobes can whip up the snuggly, ballet-style cotton slippers featured in Heather Ross's vividly illustrated Weekend Sewing (Stewart, Tabori & Chang). Customize your creations using the retro fabrics ('50s poodles! mod '60s swirls!) available at reprodepot.com.

Not crafty? Try another treat for the feet: Hydra Heart's custom-made, shockingly affordable Mary Janes and ballet flats are 100 percent vegan and totally adorable (starting at $30; buildanest.com).

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