This is a story of how I turned a thrifted sweater into the cutest kids slippers I have ever seen. Well, the cutest I have ever made, at least. Well, actually, they're the only kids slippers I have ever made, but squee! They are so cute. And I will tell you how I made both kinds!
|For the boy, and for the girl.|
|Help! The sweater ate my baby!|
To do this, I just washed the sweater on hot (my machine only has a hot/cold setting--I intended to take it out after the hot part ended, but I missed it and the entire cycle ended up running). I dried it in the dryer, and still needed to let it dry on the rack for another day. This sucker was DENSE.
After it finally dried out, I cut along the seams to make flat pieces.
|Hindsight--I wish I would have cut it apart before felting it, because the sleeves|
had very permanent creases in them.
This step is optional, but I do think (in person, if not in photos) that it makes the felted wool look a little cleaner, and helps the pattern to reappear a bit more.
The boy's feet fit right in the pockets from the front of this cardigan, so I decided to use them as the toes of the slippers.
I traced around his feet as a template for the sole.
Then I stuck the template into the pockets and cut around them, leaving plenty of seam allowance because the fabric is REALLY, REALLY thick.
To make the back of the slipper, I measured around the back of the sole, then cut a piece that was the right length.
Then I pinned the back pieces to the toe, to hold them in place.
|The back piece of the top slipper has been sewn around the sole, but not attached to the toe yet.|
The bottom slipper has only been pinned.
And here they are, on the boy's feet! They seem to fit, they stay on, all is well with the world.
|I was going to crop this one to show you the slippers, but had to leave little sister's foot|
in there--she does NOT want to be left out!
|Another pair of chilly toes|
I made a template of the girl's feet too, then used it to cut out these soles. I left lots of seam allowance and narrowed the sole at the heel a bit.
|Again, precision is not my strong suit.|
I lined up the back edges of the upper and held them right next to eachother and sewed them together using a wide zig-zag stitch on my machine. As I was only sewing one layer of fabric, this was no problem at all.
|back view (also, upside down. Not sure why I photographed it that way.)|
|The upper, once you have sewn the back seam.|
Next, I pinned the upper to the sole, stretching the upper a bit at the back so it fit all the way around.
|Pinned all the way around.|
I love these. I think they are SO CUTE. And they totally stay on, and they are warm and snuggly, and I want some. Too bad there's not enough of the sweater left for me. Isn't that always the way?
You could doll these up with some sort of decorative blanket stitch around the sole and the opening, but I try to avoid hand-sewing at all costs, so for me they are just fine the way they are.
|Show me your shoe!|
|They are...a little less slippery.|