This was a fun, gratifying and pretty quick project made from thrifted sweaters. This would make a great last-minute gift, as they went together in no time. They are slouchy, homely and hard to resist on a chilly day, and would be equally appreciated by both guys and girls.
Step 1: Gather your supplies
You will need a wool sweater (or two if you want your slippers multi-coloured), some wool yarn to attach the soles to the uppers, and a darning needle. I made a pattern for the foot with some newspaper.
I found a 100% wool sweater and washed & dried it several times to felt it. The fibres seized up and got worked together so tightly that it really changed the texture of the sweater completely. The other sweater was wool, but the percentage was unreadable (old sweater, old tag) and it did not felt at all. As you'll see, I used the thick and plushy felted sweater for the soles, and the other wool sweater for the uppers.
Step 2: Make your pattern
I had intended on giving these as a gift if they turned out, but didn't know the shoe size of the recipient. I traced about 3/4 of an inch around the outside of my foot. The slippers are a smidge too big, but not much, so if you are making yourself a pair, keep pretty close to your actual foot size. Having never made these before, I really didn't know how much wiggle room I'd need; turns out, not much.
Step 3: Make one for the other foot
I labelled them, although it was pretty obvious which was which.
Step 4: Cut out soles
To get the most flat and useable area out of my sweater, I sliced up the seam under the arm of each sleeve. I laid the sleeve out flat and cut two pieces of the sole out of one sleeve. I put them together and decided that each slipper would have two layers of this scrummy felted sweater as sole. Cut two for each foot.
Step 5: Match up the soles
I put the two pairs together and made sure they were the same size and trimmed any uneven areas.