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In this project you can create your own leather slippers, feel free to use different materials and colors.

The photos were taken by my lovely wife, she is also a instructables member

Step 1: Materials

You will need the following materials:

  • Masking tape
  • Pegs
  • Universal glue
  • Marker
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Lockstitch sewing awl (you can buy here Leather House)
  • Black thread
  • Sponge Carpet
  • Synthetic leather
  • Soles
  • Cardboard

Step 2: Make a Cardboard Mold

This mold will be used as measure for the rest of the project

Follow the order:

  • Image 2a - Put the sole on top of the cardboard and draw the outline
  • Image 2b - The entire outline of the sole
  • Image 2c - Draw a second outline about 2cm from the previous one
  • Image 2d - The entire second outline of the sole
  • Image 2e - Use the scissors to cut through the second outline line
  • Image 2f - Now you have a mold for the right foot
  • Image 2g - Flip the cardboard and you will have the mold for the left foot

Step 3: Make Sponge Carpet Soles

This will be the bottom of the slippers.

Follow the order:

  • Image 3a - Use the right foot cardboard mold and draw the outline on the sponge carpet (first right sole)
  • Image 3b - Use the right foot cardboard mold and draw the outline on the sponge carpet (second right sole)
  • Image 3c - Use the left foot cardboard mold and draw the outline on the sponge carpet (first left sole)
  • Image 3d - Use the left foot cardboard mold and draw the outline on the sponge carpet (second left sole)
  • Image 3e - Outline of four sponge carpet soles
  • Image 3f - With the scissors start to cut the sponge carpet soles
  • Image 3g - Cut the first one
  • Image 3h - Cut the third one
  • Image 3i - Cut the fourth one
  • Image 3j - All the four sponge carpet soles

Step 4: Make Leather Soles

This will be the layer to put the foot

Follow the order:

  • Image 4a - Use the right foot cardboard mold and draw the outline on the back of the leather
  • Image 4b - The entire outline
  • Image 4c - Use the left foot cardboard mold and draw the outline on the back of the leather
  • Image 4d - The two leather soles outline
  • Image 4e - Draw a second outline about 1cm from the previous one
  • Image 4f - Make the same to the second sole
  • Image 4g - The entire second outline in the leather soles
  • Image 4h - Use the scissors to cut the first sole through the second outline (black line)
  • Image 4i - Use the scissors to cut the second sole through the second outline (black line)
  • Image 4j - The two leather soles

Step 5: Glue the Soles

It's time to glue the various soles

Follow the order:

  • Image 5a - Apply glue in the right foot sponge carpet sole
  • Image 5b - Glue the second sponge carpet sole to the previous one
  • Image 5c - Apply glue in the blue sole
  • Image 5d - Glue the blue sole to the previous one
  • Image 5e - Aplly glue in the back of the leather sole
  • Image 5f - Apply glue on the top of the blue sole and on top of the sponge carpet sole
  • Image 5g - Glue the leather sole to the previous one
  • Image 5h - With your fingers crease the leather around the sole
  • Image 5i - Zoom in on leather crease
  • Image 5j - Use the pegs to aplly pressure in all sole
  • Image 5k - Wait about 5 minutes to let the glue dry
  • Image 5l - Remove the pegs
  • Image 5m - One sole is ready
  • Image 5n - Repeat these steps to glue the left foot soles

Step 6: Sewing the Soles - First Stitch

Using the lockstitch sewing awl - Sew with needle in the same position at all times

Follow the order:

  • Image 6a - The lockstitch sewing awl
  • Image 6b - Start sewing from top to bottom
  • Imace 6c - Grab the loose thread
  • Image 6d - Pull enough thread to sewing the entire sole plus a little bit more
  • Image 6e - Pull back the awl
  • Image 6f - Move the awl at proper distance for width of stitch desired
  • Image 6g - Insert the needle through the soles
  • Image 6h - Insert loose thread end through loop holding reel firmly so it will not turn
  • Image 6i - Pass the entire loose thread to the loop
  • Image 6j - Pull needle and thread with equal force in opposite directions to form the stitch

Step 7: Sweing the Soles - Second Stitch

Now it's easy

Follow the order:

  • Image 7a - Move the awl at proper distance for width of stitch desired

  • Image 7b - Insert the needle through the soles

  • Image 7c - Insert loose thread end through loop holding reel firmly so it will not turn

  • Image 7d - Pass the entire loose thread to the loop

  • Image 7e - Pull needle and thread with equal force in opposite directions to form the stitch

Repeat untill you reached the end of the sole

Step 8: Sewing the Soles - End Stitch

It's time to finish the sewing

Follow the order:

  • Image 8a - With the loose end tie a knot
  • Image 8b - With scissors cut the excess thread
  • Image 8c - The knot should be like this
  • Image 8d - Cut the thread that goes to awl in top of the soles

Step 9: One Done One More to Go

Well done!

  • Image 9a - Right foot done
  • Image 9b - Repeat the entire process to make the left foot

Step 10: Finishing Touch

  • Image 10a - Cut the excess leather
  • Image 10b - The two soles are ready for the next step

Step 11: Make the Cover of the Slippers - Make the Mold

  • Image 11a - Use your foot to make the mold
  • Image 11b - Use masking tape to around your foot
  • Image 11c - Reinforce with more masking tape if needed

Step 12: Make the Cover of the Slippers - Draw the Shape

Now you can be creative or choose a classic shape

  • Image 12a - Use the pencil to draw the desired shape
  • Image 12b - Draw the line were the sole ends
  • Image 12c - Draw the line were the sole ends

Step 13: Make the Cover of the Slippers - Cut and Identify the Mold

Follow the order:

  • Image 13a - Cut to the baseline line
  • Image 13b - Unstick the masking tape as one
  • Image 13c - This will me the mold
  • Image 13d - Cut the top of the mold by the line draw previous
  • Image 13e - Identify the mold (this case right foot)

Step 14: Make the Cover of the Slippers - Mark and Cut the Leather

Follow the order:
  • Image 14a - Put the masking tape tape mold on top of the leather
  • Image 14b - Draw the outline with a pencil
  • Image 14c - Cut through the outline
  • Image 14d - Unstick the mold and flip it over
  • Image 14e - Identify now the other side as the left
  • Image 14f - Put the left mold on top of the leather and draw the outline
  • Image 14g - Cut through the outline

Step 15: Stitch the Cover to the Soles - Fix the Two Parts

Follow the order:

  • Image 15a - Align the cover with the soles and use pegs to fix the position
  • Image 15b - Place pegs around the the cover

Step 16: Stitch the Cover to the Soles - Sewing the Two Parts

It's time to use the lockstitch sewing awl again.

If you have doubts how to sew, look again to step 6 of this instructable

Step 17: Stitch the Cover to the Soles - End Stitch

It's time to finish the sewing

Follow the order:

  • Image 17a - When you reach the start point it's time to end the stitch
  • Image 17b - With the loose end tie a knot
  • Image 17c -With scissors cut the excess thread
  • Image 17d - Cut the excess thread

Step 18: Enjoy

Now the slippers are ready!

Enjoy them!

<p>Nice! Exactly what I needed, thanks! </p>
<p>Really nice, voted!</p>
<p>Many thanks! :) ! </p>
<p>I liked this! I bet they'd feel real nice with some sheepwool lining on the inside.</p>
<p>Thanks for the tip in future projects i'll try incorporate that idea :D</p>
<p>Wow. Looks nice!</p>
<p>Thanks :)</p>

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