Victorian Lucky Shoe Ornament
This Lucky Shoe ornament isn’t one you see every day. If you didn’t want to stuff it with any goodies or a small gift, just add a little more batting or crumpled tissue paper.
The Lucky Shoe (Fig. 15). — Cut a shoe by Fig. 15 of any pretty material; join and bind it neatly.
Cut a sole by Fig. 17, above. Before joining the upper part, see that it fits the sole well. Cut the sole of card, and tack the material over it. Sew the shoe to the sole all round outside. Cut a sole of white paper a little smaller than the firs; gum it, and fit it inside. Make a back, and sew it neatly to the shoe. Fill with scented wadding, sweetmeats, &c., according to fancy.
If the articles on the tree are raffled for, and the tree is intended for grown-up girls, as sometimes happens at a Christmas party, it causes much mirth to secrete a mock wedding-ring in one of the shoes, underneath the sugar-plums or wadding. Then make know to the company that there is a ring to be found, and predict that the find will be the first married. The lucky shoe is a very good place for it, as shoes have, in superstitious times, always been associated with supposed charms — the horse-shoe to keep away evil spirits, the old shoe for luck to be thrown after the bride, and shoes crossed a the bedside to make the owner dream of her sweetheart, &c.
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For more Victorian ornaments, see:
Beautiful Paper Cones
Hour Glass Ornament
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