Last November I was headed up to the woods near Whistler and really needed a warm pair of slippers. So I made some bootie slippers from the sleeves of an old polar fleece jacket. They where definitely warm and comfortable, but they looked too plain. Since then, I spruced them up a bit by adding a teddy bear face and a paw print on the soles.
Step 1: Materials:
- An old polar fleece jacket with elastic cuff
- Embroidery thread
- Thread, scissors and sewing machine
Step 2: Measure and cut sleeve
The best way to measure how much of the jacket fabric to cut is to stick your foot right into the sleeve. Pull the cuff up your leg to just above the ankle, then measure the point where your big toe is. Allow about a half and inch extra for the seam.
Step 3: Sew sleeve
With the sleeve turned inside out, I sewed the open end together in a curve (see image below) and cut off the excess fabric. Turn them right side out when you are done.
Step 4: Fold and sew at the ankle
When you put the slippers on at this point, you will find that there is some bunching of fabric around the front of the ankle. What I did about this was to fold over this excess material and sew the edge of the fold to the slipper starting from the heel across the top of the slipper to the other heel. See pictures for more clarification.
Step 5: The sole
I added another layer of fleece and a layer of foam for the sole giving the slippers greater comfort and durability.
- I used an old pair of slippers to trace the shape and size of the sole onto cardboard (you could trace around your foot too).
- Then use the cardboard to cut out the shape from the polar fleece and foam.
- I trimmed the foam so that it was slightly smaller then the fleece.
- Pin the foam and fleece in place (foam on first and fleece on bottom), and sew onto the slipper with a whip stitch.