How to Sew Slippers

How to Sew Slippers

Recently I was sent some Christmas fabric by Overdale Fabrics.

I used 2 out of the 4 fat quarters to make a Christmas present cushion, but I still had some fabric left over. My boys were very keen on the idea of having some slippers made from this fabric, so I set about making them some little slippers!

Despite having a mild fondness for footwear, I’d never tried making anything like this before. I’d always assumed that making anything shoe related would be difficult. It wasn’t! Barnabas and I are both very happy with the results!

If you’re looking for some inspiration for Christmas gifts you can make, these will probably be well received. They are pretty straightforward and probably quick if you are not constantly being interrupted to get down boxes of Lego, get drinks for people or break up piles of wrestling boys.

So here’s how to sew slippers!how to sew slippers

How to Sew Slippers

You Will Need

Fleece fabric, cotton fabric, pencil and paper, the foot of the recipient, usual sewing supplies.

Making the Pattern

1. Draw round the recipient’s foot. If their foot is small enough, a piece of A4 paper will probably do here. Draw another line around it, adding 1.5 cm all the way round. Draw a line half way down the foot, then across the foot where the toes start.how to sew slippers

2. To make the upper part of the slipper, take a piece of kitchen towel (you might need more than one). Drape it over the same foot so that half of the foot is covered. Draw round the base of the foot, half way from the heel to half way round the toes. Then mark where the seams will be, up the heel and along the toes. Then draw on where you would like the top edge of the slipper to be.

Unfortunately I forgot to take any photos of this stage, but this is the shape you should end up with. These are the fleece uppers pinned together ready for sewing.how to sew slippers

3. Take your upper pattern piece (that you made with the kitchen towel) and add 1.5 cm to the bottom edge. Add 1 cm to where the seams will be over the toes and at the heel. Add another 1 cm along the top edge.

4. Using the upper piece and the bottom piece as a guide, make the pattern piece for the other half of the foot. The way to do this is to copy the upper section as far as the toes, then use the bottom piece as a guide for drawing the toes.

5. You might like to transfer your kitchen towel pieces to paper.

Cutting Out

Fold the fabric in half first so that you get the right number of bits the right way round!

From the fleece fabric, cut 4 foot shaped pieces and and 2 of each upper.

From the cotton fabric, cut 2 of each upper.

Making Up the Slippers

1. Take one of each cotton upper and, with the right sides together, sew along the toes seam. Before sewing, make sure that you have 1 for each half of the foot, ie not 2 the same! Trim the seam and press. Repeat for the other cotton uppers and the fleece ones.how to sew slippershow to sew slippers

2. Pin one of the cotton uppers to one of the foot pieces, checking that the bits are for the same foot! When you’ve pinned it all the way round, pin the heel seam. how to sew slippers

3. Keeping the heel seam pinned, unpin the rest of the upper from the sole. Sew the heel seam. Trim and press.how to sew slippers

4. Pin the upper to the sole again. Sew all the way round. Trim the seam closely.how to sew slippers

5. Repeat steps 2 – 4 with the other pieces. You should end up with 4 little shoes, 1 cotton and fleece and 1 just fleece for each foot.how to sew slippers

6. Turn the cotton and fleece slipper bits the right way out. Take the fleece slipper for the same foot and slip in inside. Make sure that you’ve pushed it right the way in. You might it helpful to pin the lining and the outer together.

7. The top edges of the slipper need to match. I found at this point I needed to trim the inside slipper a little bit. Once you have them the same size, fold the lining and the outer inwards about 1 cm, so that the raw edges are enclosed between the lining and the outer.how to sew slippers

8. Top stitch around the top of the slipper. Repeat with the other slipper.how to sew slippers

If you’ve made them for yourself, the only thing left to do is to put them on and enjoy them!how to sew slippershow to sew slippers

Here’s Barnabas enjoying his new slippers!how to sew slippershow to sew slippershow to sew slippers

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If you’re making Christmas gifts for people, you might like to take a look at these tutorials.

Mug Cosy Tutorial

Messenger Bag Tutorial

Fabric Cover For a Notebook or a Diary

Linking up here.

how to sew slippers

About AnnaWilson

I'm Anna and I live in Norfolk with my four beautiful boys, my husband and a three legged cat. I don't have an actual craft room due to the fact that we are six messy people living in a not very big house. I do however have a pile of unfinished projects. Thankfully there is plenty of room in cyberspace, so make a cup of tea, pull up a chair and make yourself at home! And please leave me comments! And maybe like me on Facebook :)

5 comments on “How to Sew Slippers

  1. This is a wonderful idea for a special gift to those we love. My grandkids really seem to enjoy the little gifts I make for them so I may try making these soon. Thank you for taking the time to share. Patti Vosburgh, Tacoma, Wa 😄😊


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    I am going to make these for my boyfriend and me. We are just in our late sixties life is good

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