Introduction: DIY Slippers

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My feet are cold, a lot.  I don’t wear slippers too much because they don’t stay on.  One day while surfing the web, I came across a pattern for slippers.  No directions, no explanations, just a pattern and pictures of the finished product.  (The pattern can be found here:  http://www.sewnews.com/articles/Cozy_Toes.)   Today I had some free time and I already had the supplies gathered up from my fabric stash.  So I made these warm slippers, and since there was no directions, I did it my way, which meant a lot of trial and error.  So here we go.

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Supplies:
½ yd. warm and soft fabric for lining the slippers
½ yd. upholstery fabric for the outside (left over from another project)
Large hand sewing needle
Size 10 crochet thread (color to compliment or contrast with upholstery fabric)
Sewing machine
Pattern, found here:  http://www.sewnews.com/articles/Cozy_Toes.) 
Tape
Paper scissors
Fabric scissors
Marker
Straight pins

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After printing off the pattern, use the paper scissors and cut out the pieces.  Carefully match the colored lines and tape the pieces of the sides and the sole together.  I noticed that there was no seam allowance to the pattern.  So I choose a side that would allow me to sew the seams and still fit my feet.

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On the wrong side of the lining, lay down the pattern pieces and trace them on to the fabric.  Make sure you get a right foot and a left foot.  Trace 4 of the side pieces and again, making sure that you trace a right side and a left side, for each foot.   The top of the foot also needs a right foot and a left foot.

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Cut out all the pieces.

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Repeat the above with the upholstery fabric.

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If you don’t want to do this next part by hand, use your sewing machine and sew ends of the two sides together to make a loop.  Repeat of the other foot.

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Put the lining fabric on top of the upholstery fabric (wrong sides together) for all parts.

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Pin one of the side pieces to one of the soles.  I pinned the straight edge of the side to the edges of the sole.  I threaded the hand sewing needle with a long piece of crochet thread.

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Tied a big knot and slipped the knot between the two fabrics and whip stitched all the way around the sole.  Each stitch was about ¼ inch (6mm) deep into the 4 layers of fabric and about ¼ inch (6 mm) apart.

When I reached where I had started, I tied off the thread and weaved in the tail.

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At this point, I tried on the slipper and realized two things; #1. That the curve on the side piece, should have been a straight line, and #2. I would have to create some gathers along the top of the toes to get a better fit.  So I cut off the extra material on the sides

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and then I took my thread and needle and tied a big knot and ran a large running stitch from the side of the foot, around the toe and to the other side of the foot.  Better.

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I then pinned the top piece of the slipper to the top of the gathered area of the sides. 

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Again I used the whip stitch, pulling it tight after each stitch to attach the last piece to the slipper. 

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When I reached the end of the top piece, I just kept whipping around all unfinished edges, making sure the two pieces of fabric are sewed to each other.
 

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Repeat the whole process with the other slipper so that you have a matched pair.

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Done!  I am wearing them right now, wonderful!  Enjoy!

Comments

PriscillaS6 (author)2016-10-09

The link didn't work. I finally found it but was a bit frustrated.

I published this in Nov. of 2012. Links change and this one is no longer available as easy as it was and now they charge for it. Sorry for the inconvenience. Hope you have success with what you found, and thanks for commenting.

SusanS182 (author)2016-04-02

FYI There is a $1.99 charge for the pattern! There are plenty of slipper patterns on the web that are totally free and just as or even better than these. Trust me, I've made plenty of them.

craftknowitall (author)SusanS1822016-04-02

When I did got that pattern it was free. I have been a couple of years since I did it and things do change. Thanks for letting me know.

diane4781 (author)2014-05-18

Awesome instructable! So easy to follow. Thank you

mslaynie (author)2013-12-22

I've been looking for a pair of slippers that I like, that would fit my giant feet, and that wouldn't be terribly expensive. This looks like a way to be all three!! Thanks so much for sharing this, it rocks!

lvaladezjr (author)2013-12-18

my feet are screaming for those!! Great job!!

gman2000watts (author)2013-12-18

Thanks! I can't find a 15 slipper anywhere!

dash21 (author)2013-10-23

Good job......smart one

chabias (author)2012-12-08

Good job getting these done without instructions. They look SO comfy!

clewis21 (author)2012-12-05

These came out great!

HelenaTroy (author)2012-12-02

nice idea, will give these a go.

lol reminded me of something I saw ages ago, I googled for it and ...
http://suereadsthenews.blogspot.co.uk/2008/06/beautiful-slippers-made-from-sanitary.html

nanaverm (author)2012-12-02

I like your "by hand" approach, so you don't have to try to fit the pieces into a sewing machine. For longevity, it would be good to spray something for a backing on the soles, if you can't find a heavier-duty fabric for them.

ClareBS (author)2012-12-02

Excellent, clear instructions and good looking slippers. I tried making them from another website and they were awful, these look great.

rippa700 (author)2012-12-02

Love them. Great instructable - well done. I'm off to hunt for material..

HollyHarken (author)2012-12-02

It is easy enough to add a 1/4 inch seam allowance to the pattern so that you can sew these on a sewing machine. I also like the suggestion from shazni that you sew them with the right sides together and then turn them inside out for a nice finished edge. Thats what I would do for the sides and the top of the slippers.

Thank you for making this excellent ible for these slippers!

i_luvcanada (author)2012-12-02

Very good tutorial. Great explanation. This looks very much like a pair of mukluk slippers.

Nahual (author)2012-12-01

My future Moccasins. Thank you!

shazni (author)2012-11-28

This is nice and comfy looking ...but i have a suggestion...rather than keep the wrong sides together...why not keep the right sides together ..sew it and turn it over...that way it would have a neater finish like the original...also...slip in an elastic between the fabric and sew at the back instead of gathering...that way it would be easy to slip on and off...this is of course my opinion... :-) as I sometimes..tend to go over board.

craftknowitall (author)shazni2012-11-29

Sounds like an Instructable to me. Looking forward to seeing your version. Thanks for commenting.

amandaggogo (author)2012-11-28

Love these!!! Would be perfect for my stepmom, who is always cold!

justinlamoureux (author)2012-11-28

These are killer! I want to make some this weekend!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-11-28

Oooh, those look so soft!

blkhawk (author)2012-11-28

They look so comfy!

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