How to Make Simple Indian Moccasins

by Courtney Clark

Native American moccasins come in all shapes, sizes and colors. They can be used for costumes, cultural events or just for a fashion statement. Moccasins are one of the most comfortable types of shoes to wear. While it takes a certain level of skill to make elaborate moccasins, a simple pair of moccasins can be sewn by anybody with basic sewing skills. After the task of making a simple pair of moccasins is mastered, more detail can be added, if desired.

Step 1

Place the left foot directly on top of a piece of suede. Trace around the foot with a piece of chalk, adding 1 inch all around for seam allowance.

Step 2

Cut along the chalk lines of the fabric. The resulting fabric piece will be the sole of the shoe.

Step 3

Cut out two pieces of suede that are each 3 inches wide and as long as the side of the sole of the shoe. Sew these side pieces to each side of the sole.

Step 4

Cut a piece of fabric that is 5 inches long and 3 inches wide. Sew this piece to the back of the sole, curving one of the 5-inch edges to match the curve of the heel of the shoe.

Step 5

Cut out a semicircular piece of suede that is 5 inches wide at the base and 3 inches tall in the middle. This will form the toe of the shoe.

Step 6

Sew the semicircular piece of suede to the front of the shoe, matching up the curve of the semicircle with the curve of the front of the sole.

Step 7

Fold over the raw edges of the shoe 1/4 inch and sew the fold in place. Turn the moccasin right side out and repeat the whole process with the other shoe.

Items you will need

  • Suede fabric
  • White chalk
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine


  • Any other sturdy fabric may be used instead of suede.

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About the Author

Courtney Clark studied English, creative writing, film and history at Southern Virginia University from 2005 through 2008, earning a Bachelor of Arts. During her time at SVU, Clark participated in the English Honors Society and the university's film club.