I don’t know about you, but where I live, the floors are cold and hard. Like, so cold and hard your feet start to actually hurt after a while. I’m not that into wearing slipper with a rubber sole. This is mostly due to the fact that they are so hard to wash.
Making your own slippers doesn’t have to be hard, actually, you can whip these up in an hour if you’re using a non fraying fabric. The stitches are very basic and the pattern is super duper easy to make. Really, you’re probably going to ask me why I had to be so detailed in this tutorial – because it’s THAT easy! And – they are machine washable! Yay!
For this tutorial I used (btw, all scrap materials again!) a thick fluffy (not stretchy, non-fraying) fabric, crochet cotton yarn, pins and a needle (obviously).
Step one is to make the pattern for the sole. Trace your foot loosely onto paper. I left out about 1 cm (0.40 inches) for seam allowance. The seam allowance sort of comes naturally when you trace loosely, so don’t worry too much about it.
Cut out the sole pattern and trace the pattern on the fabric. I prefer to make the soles double for extra softness.
For the upper part of the slipper you need to cut out a piece of the fabric that is approximately the length of the soles X 2.5. It should look like something like this folded in half next to the soles.
My upper piece was 80×11 cm (31×4 inches). Waaay, too big for my European size 39 feet, so I’m guessing that measurement works with almost any shoe size.
Fold the upper piece in half and start pinning to the sole, from the heel and to the front.
When you’ve pinned about halfway to the front, put your foot in there and try on the slipper. Fold over the remaining, un-pinned parts of the upper pieces and sort of mold them to your foot. Fold over and pin the rest of the way around the sole.
Cut off excess fabric. Like I said, the measurements I used for the upper part were very exaggerated. But then again, I’d rather use too much fabric than too little…
Sew around all edges.
Folding over the top of the slipper will make the whole thing more sturdy and it will sit better on the foot. To make the slippers less slippery you could add another layer of sole in the bottom using leather or some other similar material.
Do the other one and enjoy your cozy (and slightly crappy looking… ehem…) new slippers :D