Introduction: Felted Wool Shoe Liner

Now that the cold weather has settled in I made a pair of felted wool shoe liners to keep my feet warm.  I always have cold feet in the winter months.  Wool is one of the best fabrics to wear when it is cold.  Wool wicks the perspiration and keeps our feet dry.  I wear open healed shoes and they are not very warm.  These shoe liners helped keep my feet warm and comfortable.  I will show you how to felt a wool sweater, make a pattern, and sew a liner for your shoes.  Lets get started!

Step 1: Supplies

This is what you will need:
  • 1 Thin soft wool sweater
  • Iron in interfacing
  • Lining
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Sewing pins
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Shoes to make pattern
  • Marking pen
  • Seam ripper
  • Pattern
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Sewing Machine
  • Laundry soap 
  • Washer
  • Dryer
Please note: Your shoe size will determine how much fabric you will need.  You will need 2 pieces of interfacing, lining, and felted sweater fabric for each pair of shoe liners. You must use laundry soap for felting the sweater.  Simply add the soap as you would any other laundry load. I had plans for the printed fabric of this sweater but it would have given the shoes a cute appearance. You may sew these liners by hand and it would be fine.  A machine is faster but these are so small it still would not take very long to sew.

Step 2: Preparations for Felting

Method:
  • Remove all the seams of the sweater
  • Remove the cuffs
  • Buttons
  • Pockets 

Step 3: Washing the Sweater

Method:
  • Set washer for a long wash cycle
  • Set temperature for hot wash and rinse
  • Wash it
  • Check to see if it is felted enough for you.  If it is not enough then wash it again.
  • Dry it on a hot heat cycle.
Look how smooth and pretty the pieces turned out using a thin sweater. The reason  it turned out so nice is because we removed all the seams and pockets. The lining fabric should be washed alone. Do not wash the interfacing. 


  

Step 4: Pattern

Tracing a pattern using a shoe insert:
  • I used a shoe insert to trace a pattern but you may trace your foot to make a pattern from.
  • Trace the foot or shoe liner onto the paper.
  • Cut the pattern out trimming 1/4 inch from your mark line to allow for the seam.
Please note: a flat shoe insert will give you a much smoother appearance than tracing your foot or using an insert like the one I used.

Step 5: Interfacing, Lining, and Felted Fabric Pieces

Cutting method Sweater:
  • Fold the felted sweater right sides together.
  • Place the foot pattern on the top of the felted folded piece and pin it to the felted piece.
  • Cut it out.
  • Set it aside.
  • You should have a right and left foot piece.
Cutting Method Lining:
  • Repeat the above method using the lining fabric.
Cutting method for interfacing:
  • Repeat the above method using the interfacing.
Please note: In order not to confuse you I used a white lining for picture purpose only.  I would recommend using a matching or contrasting lining.  I would not use the wool because it may be too think to wear your shoe.  Keep this in mind when you are choosing a lining.  A light weight cotton worked nicely for mine.   

Step 6: Ironing

 Method:
  • Iron the lining and felted pieces
  • Place the interfacing on left and right foot piece of the (lining) with the textured side to the wrong side of the lining.
  • Lay a piece of the lining over the 2 pieces and press according to the interfacing directions. 
  • This prevents  your iron from getting sticky. 


Step 7: Pinning

Pinning method:
  • Pin the felted foot pieces to the lining right sides together.
  • Pin it in the way you like.  I use this method because it works for me best.

Step 8: Sewing

Sewing method:
  • Begin sewing at the arch area and work all the way around leaving a 4 inch opening to turn the fabric right side out.
  • Trim threads.
  • Cut small slits up to the seam area all the way around the seam.
  • Turn right side out.
  • Using a pen work the seams smoothing the seam allowance.
  • Press well.
  • At the opening turn under 1/4in hem to match the seam.
  • Top stitch all the way around the insert back stitching at the end.
  • Press well.

Step 9: Place in the Shoe

Place the insert in the shoe:
  • Place the insert into the shoe smoothing it as you slide it in.
  • You may need to work it a little.

Step 10: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

Try it on for size!  Mine fit very nicely.  I am making a few pairs of these.  They can be machine washed when ever needed.  Wash cold on delicate cycle. I would not put them in the dryer though.  I was surprised how comfortable they were.  I am going to try and make a pair of slippers out of a felted sweater.  These would look so cute with a pretty sweater print.  They would make good boot liners also.  You could make them for rubber boots.  I never did like rubber boots because they don't breathe but sometimes rubber boots are better for snow and rain. Please stay tuned because I have a lot of fun projects lined up. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a safe and warm winter!
Sunshiine

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firefly68 made it!(author)2012-01-26

We haven't gotten much snow so far and because my feet don't get wet, I've found it very hard to give up my Crocs even though they get cold! I am going to try this. Thanks sunshine!

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sunshiine made it!(author)2012-01-27

Thanks for commenting! Crocs are fun! Have a beautiful day! Sunshiine

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firefly68 made it!(author)2012-01-26

I don't have a dryer. Would washing in very hot water be good enough? I can go to a laundromat if not.

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sunshiine made it!(author)2012-01-27

I would think it would shrink but how much would be the key. Can't hurt anything! Go for it. Thanks for commenting and please do have a terrific day! Sunshiine

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Missnye made it!(author)2012-01-21

I found a used wool blanket at a yard sale that worked well for making slippers. I just washed and dried it on HOT first to shrink and felt it. I probably have enough wool to make 20 pairs of slippers. I also made wool mittens out of the blanket and have lots left. Great tutorial. Thanks for posting!

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Robot+Lover made it!(author)2011-12-10

This reminds me of when my brother bought a pair of crocs that were lined with carpet!

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-12-10

Hmmm now that is a thought! Thanks for the input! Have a nice day!
Sunshiine

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SIRJAMES09 made it!(author)2011-12-09

currantly, I'm working on making a pair of slippers from some material I found....it's a fleece of some kind...

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-12-09

Awesome! Are you going to enter the warm challenge? Winners receive an awesome soft blanket. Have fun!
Sunshiine

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SIRJAMES09 made it!(author)2011-12-10

not sure yet...but that very thought has crossed my mind....I could sure use the blanket that's for sure...

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-12-10

Sure hope you do! It is great fun! I will be checking!
sunshiine

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blossom9283 made it!(author)2011-12-09

I am glad you did this. I took a class on felting wool, but they said to buy the wool online and it cost a fortune. I can get wool sweaters pretty cheap once they go on clearance and it would make so much more.

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SIRJAMES09 made it!(author)2011-12-09

Ms.Blossom,
many times you can go to the Salvation Army or Good Will Stores & find things that nobody else wants for like dirt cheap...not just the usual stuff, but things like material, sewing supplies, craft supplies, etc.

I found an old stereo that did not work, bought it for $1 I think it was because I needed the electronic parts for a project I was working on...

It's amazing what one can find at these places.

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blossom9283 made it!(author)2011-12-09

The thrift store by me is pretty hit and miss. I do like to check there every so often but have better luck at yard sales. Yard sales are the best for cheap scrapbooking supplies and needlepoint supplies by me :)

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-12-09

I live in a small town and finding stuff is hard sometimes. I wanted to make an Instructable but can't get the supplies and they are a unique item. I could find it in a large city though. Don't order online. I need to set up a paypal account or something. It would make it easier. All crafting stuff can cost a lot so I use cans and bottles and whatever I can accumulate. It is more fun to create anyway. Have fun with the contest!
Sunshiine

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-12-09

Thanks for sharing Sirjames! I enjoy the find when I go there. Have a great evening! Sunshiine

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-12-09

I could not find any wool here so I decided to make my own. Goodwill is the best place or any used cheap clothing store. I priced a 12x12 piece of wool felt at the craft store and it was almost 5 dollars! Thanks for sharing your thought!
Sunshiine

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ChrysN made it!(author)2011-12-09

Nice, they look so cozy, and I do hate when my feet are cold!

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-12-09

You must try this. I do not like wearing 2 pairs of socks to keep my feet warm and that is how I thought of this idea. Thanks for commenting!
Sunshiine

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canucksgirl made it!(author)2011-12-09

Nice job sunshiine! - and congrats on getting featured :D

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-12-09

Thanks! Congrats to you as well! Have a beautiful evening!
Sunshiine

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Penolopy+Bulnick made it!(author)2011-12-09

Very nice idea! Those look really comfy to have under your feet!

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-12-09

Oh they were! When I go get some sweaters at Goodwill I will be making some colorful ones! Thanks for commenting!
Sunshiine

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Grissini made it!(author)2011-12-09

Love it. No more jellin; we feltin.

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SIRJAMES09 made it!(author)2011-12-09

GROOooooaaaaaaaannnnnn. *chuckles* :)

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-12-09

Thanks so much! Have fun feltin while you stay warm!
Sunshiine

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jessyratfink made it!(author)2011-12-09

Great instructions. :D

This is a very good idea.

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sunshiine made it!(author)2011-12-09

Thanks Jessy! This project gave me a lot of ideas! Have a warm day!
Sunshiine

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blossom9283 made it!(author)2011-12-09

very cute

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