First order of business in our mad scheme to have an entirely DIY Christmas: the felted wool slipper. You may remember this blue sweater that I felted recently.
I borrowed a template from Martha Stewart. These were originally supposed to be felt slippers, not made out of old sweaters, but when do I ever follow instructions?
Anyway, I printed out the template and had it photocopied in the sizes I wanted.
To save myself time and to ensure my pieces were exactly the same, I cut through two layers of wool in cutting out my pieces. I used two pieces for each sole to make them extra squishy and more durable.
I also took advantage of the shoulder seam in the sweater I was using to serve as the heel of the upper.
It’s Ralph Lauren. That’s what the pink blotch is.
I pinned all the pieces together and found that the upper actually was a little longer than the sole, so I did some trimming.
In the end it turns out my trimming job made them look a little funny, but I will fix that next time.
I used a blanket stitch with a contrasting colour of thread and went all around, making sure to get all the layers of wool sewn tightly together.
I also went around the open edge of the slipper for consistency.
Then I embellished them a little with some buttons.
Not the prettiest of things, but they’re warm and light and soft.
And they fit, which is always a bonus.