I saw some animal slippers over the holidays and thought I could sew up an even more cute and comfy version for my 2-1/2 year old daughter, Elise, from items already in my craft closet. The snuggly wool interior and no-slip bottom make for safe hopping on hardwood floors. You can use my free bunny slipper pattern as a base to make all kinds of creatures - bears, cats, dogs, you name it. And the pattern can be sized up on a copier for bigger kids or kids-at-heart. Hippity hoppity!
Step 1: Gather supplies and cut out pattern pieces
Kathy's free bunny slipper pattern (see images and instructions below)
One felted wool sweater (mine was an old green sweater)
One piece of cream wool felt
One piece of pink felt
Black embroidery thread and hand sewing needle
Grip stop fabric for slipper bottom (cotton fabric with little non-slip rubber circle grippers)
Sewing machine, thread, pins, scissors, etc.
To properly size the pattern: Print out all pieces. Increase (or decrease) the size of the sole on a copier to fit your desired foot size plus about 1/2" around all sides (I had Elise step on a piece of paper and I drew around her foot). Now use what ever copier setting you needed to use to get the sole to fit properly (125%, 150%, 200%) to increase the size of all other pattern pieces proportionally. Easy peasy.
To felt sweaters: Felt and recycle old wool sweaters by machine washing them in hot water and drying in the dryer. They should shrink and thicken up - if you can still see the thread pattern then repeat the process. I felted two 100% wool sweaters and decided to use the green.