And new slippers for you too, if you like.
Notes: I made myself way more ‘felt’ than I needed (yes, I know this is fulled knitting, but for ease, I’m going to use the word ‘felt’). The amounts written in the list are the measurements for the final pieces of felt I made.
These slippers would look great made out of felted fairisle sweaters, aran sweaters, colorful scarves, anything else like that. Don’t skip the felted brushed suri, though, it is key to making super comfy slippers.
- Felted Blue Sky Alpacas Brushed Suri (about 5 x 45″). I knit a swatch, felted it, and calculated how many stitches and rows I needed to knit to get a piece of felt 5 x 45.”
- Half yard of quilt batting.
- Felted worsted weight yarn, knit with a stripe pattern (about 12 x 45″). I knit this bit with scrap tweed yarn.
-Solid felted worsted weight yarn (about 12 x 45″).
-Scrap yarn that matches the striped knitting.
-A heavy weight thread or embroidery floss.
-An old slipper that fits you well.
-A computer or way to play Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on itunes. I love books on tape and HP and Charles Dickens books make for the most entertaining character voices.
Steps 1 & 2:
Using the slipper or your foot as a template, cut out one layer of alpaca, one layer of solid felt, and two layers of quilt batting. Cut another foot shape out of the solid felt by tracing the slipper, and adding about 1.5″ of seam allowance.
Then, place the layers as shown (large foot shape, batting, solid felt, alpaca) and sew layers together. I stretched the alpaca a little bit and only sewed the alpaca and largest foot shape together, keeping the other layers wedged inside and making a nice pillow. This is the sole of the slipper.
Steps 3 & 4:To make the shoe top, I put my foot onto the sole, laid a peice of alpaca on top, and trimmed the piece to the size of the shoe sole. Then, I cut three strips about 1.25″ in length. I sewed two pieces together for the shoe back, and then one across the top for a Mary Jane style strap. If this bit seems confusing, and you’re interested, leave me a note. When I make slipper #2, I’ll try to photograph the process better.
Steps 5 & 6:
Then, I laid the striped felt over the shoe shap and trimmed around it to get the shape of the shoe. I used the scrap yarn to make a blanket stitch around the mouth of the shoe and Mary Jane strap.
Then, I curled up the edge of the solid felt (the bottom of the sole) and used the heavy duty thread to sew the lip around the edge of the shoe, catching the bottom edge of the striped felt as I did so.
Steps 8 & 9:
Tack one button on to the outside of the shoe where the strap meets the shoe body. To give the slippers traction, use the puffy paint to make dots on the sole of the shoe.
I’ll have better photos when I make the second slipper.