Step 7: Assembly: the Upper

The Upper

1. Hem the straight edge of the toe piece (line A) by folding the seam allowance to the right (top) side of the fabric and stitching by hand (overedge stitch/ running stitch or back stitch) using the darning wool or you could use a machine. I did not need to do this as I used the cuff so the seam was already finished. (See next step for how to do the stitches).

2. With right/top sides up, align the short seam line of the heel piece (A/4) with the straight edge seamline (A) of the toe piece so that the toe piece overlaps the heel piece and the straight sides form an L and the curved seams are aligned.

3. Starting at the bottom (the curved side) secure the thread by stiching over the edge a couple of times then backstitch the two pieces together (see the next step for how to backstitch) or machine stitch them together.

4. Turn the pieces over and overcast/oversew the flap of heel piece to the toe piece (wrong side)

5. Curve the other end of the heel piece round to meet the other end of the toe piece (seam A) and repeat.

6. Hem the straight side of the heel piece in a similar way to the toe piece (you could easily do this before you attach the two bits together instead)

7. Hooray- you’ve finished the upper… It’s looking more shoe like now.

• Mark the midpoint of both your pieces with a pin (I’ve used a red one in the photos). This will simplify things later when you come to attach the sole.

<p>I love these! It's so nice to make something new from something old. I make and sell Joe's Toes slipper soles they're great for projects like this if you want a rubber or suede sole or an extra layer of ready made felt - I cut them to shape and punch all the holes ready for stitching. </p>
<p>Nice one!</p><p>You can also be inspired of the Lasso shoes. Have a look!</p><p> <br></p><p>http://www.trendyslippers.com/uk/lasso-slippers-red.html</p>
<p>Lo logre, tarde un poco pero al final tuve el resultado deseado </p>
<p>These are great, thanks for such a thorough Instructable. I lined mine with brushed cotton ;)</p>
<p>This is great! I think I can actually do this!</p>
<p>Hi. Loved the pattern. I used an old woolen jacket instead of a knit, but it was great! Now I want to make a tiny soft leather pair for my infant nephew.</p>
<p>Those look fantastic!</p><p>Hope the leather ones go well too- might be worth altering the ankle slightly to make it taller at the back and incorporating some elastic as infants don't have much of a heel to keep the shoe on</p>
<p>I was thinking of making these out of an old wool blanket because it would be less likely to stretch out. It would be thicker than a felted sweater though, so probably trickier to stitch. I need to use orthotics and need them to stay in place though. Also need the leather sole for hard wear but am a bit concerned about washing that. Have you (or another reader) tried using a wool blanket yet, use orthotics, or have any other tips for me for these things that aren't already in the tutorial? Thanks so much for this in advance.</p>
<p>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. </p>
<p>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!</p>
<p>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. </p>
<p>2 years later I found your instructable and decided to make a lined version of it.<br>I'm making the instructable as we speak, but here's the picture of mine and hubbies: </p>
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. <br> <br>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. <br> <br>2) I did use the suede side out and they are great on hardwood. <br> <br>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 :) <br> <br>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.
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.... <br>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.
Thanks it's nice instructions, i use to make only for babies :D
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!
i wonder if you can make them waterproof for camping... <br>
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.<br>Perhaps they could be lined with gortex?? perhaps an old anorak? but then they might not be so cosy :(
I love them! You're not a Hobbit by any chance?
Don't think so..., lacking the hairy toes! ;)
Absolutely Love Em' I'm So gonna make some now Thanks For The Awesome Instructable!!!!!!!!!
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..
It's perfect!!wa~~
these look awesome
Thanks, they feel pretty awesome too! I quite surprised myself!
Wow, these came out really nice!
Thanks, let me know how you get along if you try to make some!

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