It is COLD in our house. About 66* on a good day. Every time I pick up my sweet baby his tiny feet are so cold! And he will not keep socks on. So I decided to make him some slippers today. This is how I did it:
I got my felted sweater scraps and found the thickest one I had. I figured the bottom would be best made from a really thick sweater to keep the cold floor off his little feet. (And it’s nice to have something to do with those ones that won’t make monsters, or hats because they have just felted up too thick!) Other things I needed: a pair of really good scissors, some 1/4 inch elastic, my sewing machine, buttons, puff paint, and tags or ribbon.
These slippers do not require turning. They don’t need lining. They are just wonderfully warm, natural slippers for your kiddos feet!
First I cut out the pieces. I made a pattern from the bottom of Luke’s foot (you could also use a shoe), and then cut a piece of the bottom edge of a sweater (the ribbing part) for the back of the slipper. I made sure it was wide enough to reach from the floor to Luke’s ankle so it would cover the entire heal of his foot.
To keep it on his chubby little legs I used the 1/4 inch elastic cut just a little bit smaller than the ribbing.
I attached the elastic first, stretching as I went to the top edge of the ribbing (it doesn’t need to gather much, as you can see).
I folded the ribbing in half to find the center. I pinned that to the back center of the soul and using that as a point of reference, I sewed the piece onto the soul of the slipper. It doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be precise… it will cross and gather where it needs to and will not show if you make small mistakes here.
I used a pattern for the top of the shoe. This pattern in fact, modified so that I didn’t need seam allowances (so a bit thinner, and a bit shorter) because I didn’t need to turn the shoe at all. I cut the piece and then trimmed it until it looked right pinned on to the slipper. (Seriously, that is my favorite part about working with felted wool… it doesn’t fray at all. So you can use it like you would craft felt, but it’s oh-so-much better!)
At this point I added little tags I had back from my clothes making days to the side of the slipper.
I thought they were cute and it makes it clear which slipper goes on which foot.
I trimmed everything down a bit almost to the seam. (Again, the best part about felted sweaters is that they are felt! No fraying!)
The next step was to connect the back with the top. I found the spot where they all crossed over and then safety pinned it and tried it on Luke’s foot. It worked perfectly! I then hand sewed the spot really well and trimmed any extra spots inside the slipper. I added a button to cover the anchor spot:
The last step came after I had tried them on him. I put them on his feet, let him walk around and the second he stepped on the wood floor his legs came out from under him like he was on ice and he fell down hard. Poor baby! So while he napped today I put puff paint on the bottom of his slippers so they didn’t slip on all our wood floors.
It worked great.
I think I am going to make them for my bigger kids too… They turned out SO cute!
And here are my ‘in action’ photos… which are horrible… cuz they are from my iPhone in the dark before I put this little guy to bed… but here you are anyway cuz he’s just SO cute!
On his feet (don’t you just love those chubby legs??)
Him walking back and forth.
After he kept falling the first time I tried them on him, he was really nervous about trying to walk in them again. When he finally tried and didn’t fall he was SO excited he ran back and forth in across the living room over and over again.
He would stop, lean down and inspect his new duds and then get up and run across the wood floor again. It was adorable!