Thursday, December 9, 2010

Super Fuzzy, Fully Lined, No Slip Slippers!

I decided to make my sweet husband a pair of slippers for Christmas.  As it is a surprise, I did not have his feet available for measuring, and I am not aware of any patterns out there.  So I had to make my own pattern.  Here is a tutorial on how to make your pattern and sew your slippers.  From start to finish, it took me less than 2 hours for this project, and that includes taking all the pictures.  They are super warm and fuzzy, and can be worn with the tops up or folded down.  These instructions should work no matter what size feet we are talking about, so make them for your kids, your spouse, your mom, or whomever needs a little bit of fuzzy love!

Exterior fabric -- I used black anti-pill fleece -- you only need a small amount, but of course this is dependent upon foot size
Interior fabric -- I used white minky -- again, the amount varies depending on size
Soling material -- if you want a non-slip sole, use leather, faux leather, or Jiffy grip material (usually white with rubbery bumps on it)
               I used faux leather (thick vinyl) that I got on sale for $6/yd.  Half a yard is enough for my whole family!
Leather needles for your sewing machine

1.  Make your pattern.  Trace a shoe onto a piece of paper or onto pattern tracing material to make the pattern for your sole.  (I had to use legal size paper since my husband is so tall that he has big feet!)  Cut out your pattern.

2.  Now is the tricky part.  You have to make the pattern for the shoe upper.  Use a measuring tape on the shoe to figure out an approximate distance from the toe to the end of the upper.  You can see I used 5.5".

Now draw a horseshoe shape pattern using that measurement as indicated below.  The total distance from the top of the horseshoe to the bottom of the horseshoe should be about the same length as your sole pattern from end to end.

When you cut this pattern out, it might be smart to fold it in half lengthwise to make sure your pattern piece is symmetrical.

3.  Now we have to figure out the size fabric we need to cut for the leg part of the boot.  I did not make a pattern piece for this, as it is just a rectangle.  Here is how I figured out the dimensions for the leg fabric.  First, measure the length of the inner curve of the shoe upper pattern piece.  My pattern piece is still folded in half here, and you can see that the length was 8".  Now, I multiply that by 2 as it is folded in half.  So that gives me 16".  Then, just decide how tall you want the slippers to be.  I wanted mine pretty tall, so I decided on 8".  I added a 0.25" seam allowance all around, giving me a final dimension of 8.5" tall by 16.5" wide.

4.  Time to cut your fabric.  Here's a picture of my fabrics. On the left picture you can see minky on the top, then two different fleeces.  I am using black fleece for my husband, but I will use brown fleece for my kids.  On the right, you can see a picture of the faux leather.  It has a funny fiber backing to it, and it is pretty thick.

5.  Cut two of your soles, leaving 0.25" seam allowance all around.  Remember to flip over your pattern when you cut the second sole.

6.  From your exterior fabric, cut two leg pices and two uppers.  Make sure the stretch of the fabric goes widthwise on each piece.

6.  From your interior (lining) fabric, but two leg pieces, two uppers, and two sole pieces.  Make sure the stretch of the fabric goes widthwise on each piece.

7.  From this point on, I will give instructions on how to sew one boot, and I will just assume you will repeat with the second boot.
Pin the inside, shorter curve of your lining upper to your lining leg piece right side together and sew.
For sewing fleece, I use a narrow zigzag (number 3 on my machine below).

8.  Now rearrange it right sides together so that it looks like a boot.  Pin the seam at the back of the leg.  Sew, leaving an opening for turning.  In my picture below, I sewed from each end, and stopped at the red pins, leaving the area between the red pins open.  Make sure to backstitch at the start and end.

9.  Now attach the lining sole piece.  Use lots of pins to make this all line up, right sides together, and sew all around.

10.  If you turn it right side out, it should look like this.

11.  Change your thread color to match your exterior fabric.  Repeat steps 7 and 8, but do NOT leave an opening at the back seam.  At this point, the sole is NOT attached to the exterior (black) fabric.

12.  Now, put the white slipper (right side out) inside the black slipper (inside out) so that right sides are together.

13.  Sew all the way around the top, joining the two slippers together.  The pull them apart like this:

14.  Almost done!  It's time to attach the faux leather sole to the bottom of the black slipper.  Pin it in place, right sides together.
Sew all around, remembering to backstitch at the end.

15.  Carefully trim your seam allowance, without cutting your stitching.  This faux leather is very bulky, so this is an important step.

16.  Now turn it all right side out.

Here's what it should look like.

This is what the sole should look like.  See all my fuzz?  Minky is soft, but it sure is messy!

17.  Now either handstitch closed the opening in the lining, or if you are lazy like me, use the sewing machine to sew it closed.
18.  Push the white slipper inside the black slipper. You are done! 

Here is the slipper, next to the show that I traced to make the pattern.  I think it will fit my honey.

See those non-slip soles?  :)
If you like this tutorial, please make comments and link to pictures of the ones you make!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the insructions. I think I will make some for my grandsons.


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