Easy To Sew Slippers

diy slippers

Update (2014-05-27): The blog Anna Lena Land made some excellent slippers that were inspired by this tutorial, they are much better than mine so check them out here!

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.

sole pattern slippers

Cut out the sole pattern and trace the pattern on the fabric. I prefer to make the soles double for extra softness.

soles cut out

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.

soles upper

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.

pin sole 1

upper piece 2

pin sole 3

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.

fold front


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…

cut off excess fabric

Sew around all edges.

stitch slippers

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.

slippers blog tutorial

Do the other one and enjoy your cozy (and slightly crappy looking… ehem…) new slippers :D

how to sew your own slippers


Easy To Sew Slippers — 25 Comments

  1. These look fantastic! I hate commercial slippers for so many reasons but I just love the look of these and know I would wear them constantly. Love, love, love it! Going to make some for my sensory challenged son as well. Thank you!

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    • They’re super-comfy! They may not be much to look at (but if you take some time to make them I bet you could make them look 100 times better) but they are so nice to wear.

  3. THANK YOU so much for this tutorial! I have been looking for slippers this spring and even tried another tutorial (awful result) and yours is working great for me. I’m about 3/4 way done and stopping for the night, but just had to say how pleased I am so far. thank you thank you!

    • Awesome! Thanks for telling me, it’s always good to have someone else try out your tutorial and comment on how it went! Thanks!

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