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Cosy slippers from your old woolly jumper

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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.

Materials
• 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.

Optional:
• 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

Tools
• Darning needle, pins
• Tape measure
• Scissors
• Pen

Optional
• Sewing machine with size 16 needle
• Set square

 
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Step 1: Making the pattern

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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


kathleenp2 months ago

Quite a comprehensive explanation of how to make these shoes and well written, I will save this pattern for later as I learn more how to do this. Thank you so much.

novus40 made it!5 months ago

I found this instructable last year and made a pair out of some felted sweater scraps and leftover leather - and I absolutely love these slippers! I wear them all the time. Just a month ago I made a set of removable insoles for extra padding and warmth. The bonus is that just about the time they get a little loose on my feet - it's time to throw them in the wash and they snug right back up. Love the pattern! Great job!

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I just finished a pair of these using a layer of vinyl padded with more felted knit for the sole. I think this composition will allow them to be washable. It doesn't look good at the edges where the white backing of the vinyl shows, but I like the shape of the upper. Next I will make a pair either using a leather sole or do the vinyl/felt sewn right sides together then turned inside out to hide the raw vinyl edge.

Vermanen made it!5 months ago

2 years later I found your instructable and decided to make a lined version of it.
I'm making the instructable as we speak, but here's the picture of mine and hubbies:

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bubblewrap748 months ago
What a great Instructable! I tried the slippers today. I made a couple of modifications that I think worked well. I think it would also work well with sheepskin or even just plain leather.

1) I used a felt insole instead of padding, sandwiched in between the sweater and the leather. Next time, I think I will just use the insole as the template for the sole, because tracing my foot I found the end slipper to be a bit wide. I think I will just trace around a 1cm allowance around the insole.

2) I did use the suede side out and they are great on hardwood.

3) Once the sole was pinned to the upper, I put my foot into the slipper and then unpinned, stretched and repinned the upper onto the sole, cutting off the excess. This gave me a slightly tighter fit after sewing. Since felted sweater is so stretchy, I found it nice to have a big more snugness to the slipper. I want to make a pair for my toddler but I have a feeling he will be a little less cooperative :)

4) After sewing the upper and sole together by hand (otherwise I used a sewing machine completely). I top stitched the felt and the leather sole together right along the edge of the felt. Then I trimmed off the excess leather. So I still have the leather protecting the stitching that holds the felt together, but the leather is also sewn on again to keep it from flopping around at all.
ThePrintPlace (author) 10 months ago
2 and 1/2 years after making these slippers and after daily use (in house and when camping) I can happily report that they have done incredibly well. I think the leather sole has been the bit that has kept them in such good repair and alas, the stitching on the sole finally went yesterday, leaving a big hole in the heel- repairable though....
I'm amazed they've lasted so long. I made my partner some too (not very manly pattern but he loves them and wears them all the time) and this time I made them slightly less generous in width as mine have tended to stretch over time and are now a bit too big.
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dinkdonk1 year ago
Thanks it's nice instructions, i use to make only for babies :D
Biggsy1 year ago
Cheep christmas present in th mix i think!
Thank you! I have scraps of sheepskin left over and had a terrible time making my own pattern for slippers. I will definitely give yours a try!
troyka3 years ago
i wonder if you can make them waterproof for camping...
ThePrintPlace (author)  troyka3 years ago
Ha ha - we obviously think along the same lines.... I took these camping actually and they are OK with a bit of dampness because the leather is reasonably water repellent, but the seam between sole and upper and also the upper itself is more of a problem.
Perhaps they could be lined with gortex?? perhaps an old anorak? but then they might not be so cosy :(
wobbler3 years ago
I love them! You're not a Hobbit by any chance?
ThePrintPlace (author)  wobbler3 years ago
Don't think so..., lacking the hairy toes! ;)
neonsk8er3 years ago
Absolutely Love Em' I'm So gonna make some now Thanks For The Awesome Instructable!!!!!!!!!
ThePrintPlace (author)  neonsk8er3 years ago
Thanks, I hope you find it easy to follow. It's my first instructable but I've many more up my sleeve.....If you have any problems just let me know..
yao952183 years ago
It's perfect!!wa~~
these look awesome
ThePrintPlace (author)  cardboarddude3 years ago
Thanks, they feel pretty awesome too! I quite surprised myself!
angelabchua3 years ago
Wow, these came out really nice!
ThePrintPlace (author)  angelabchua3 years ago
Thanks, let me know how you get along if you try to make some!