Whoops....Shrunk your favourite woolly in the wash? Never mind, try making these cosy slippers and you should have plenty left to make other goodies (more instructables to follow).
These lovely warm slippers can be made in an evening if you are stitching by hand. If you have a sewing machine you could whip up a few more pairs!
I have made a padded leather sole for mine because we have freezing cold floors, but this embellishment can easily be left out.
• An old pure wool jumper that has felted (wash it in a hot wash and tumble dry), alternatively you could use thick synthetic fleece.
• Strong tissue paper but newspaper or kitchen roll would do.
• Some strong darning wool or thread in either a matching or contrasting colour to your jumper.
• Leather ( I used the sleeve of an old jacket)
• Padding material (I used insulation wool that we get as packaging in our meat box delivery from Riverford (www.riverford.co.uk), which is naughty as we are supposed to give it back.. perhaps they ought to sell it!)
• Extra strong thread
• Darning needle, pins
• Tape measure
• Sewing machine with size 16 needle
• Set square
Step 1: Making the pattern
This is the most time-consuming bit… be patient. I cut my original pattern by copying an old espadrille shoe. You could do that too or follow these next few steps if you don’t have an espadrille. It helps to draw a little table like this before you start.
Example (my measurements)
A = Height of arch 16cm
T = Arch to toe 13 1/2cm
H = Under ankle to arch 25cm
A/4 = ¼ height of arch 4cm
A/4 plus 3cm 7cm