Friday, March 2, 2012

Felted Wool Sweater Slippers



One of the best ways to keep your heating bill down is simply by wearing slippers.  I mean think about it....when your feet are cold you just feel cold all over.  I've been pretty blessed with a mother-in-law who knits these kind for our whole family.  It's a mark of being in our family if you get a pair of these slipped in with a Christmas or birthday present!  And you might even find some money tucked inside.  :-)


However, I tend to wear mine out pretty quickly with washing them frequently and snagging them on those little doorway dividers.

I had been hanging onto one of my husband's old wool sweaters for a while with the idea that I would make something from it.  Thanks to this awesome tutorial, on how to upcycle a sweater into slippers, I decided to make my own.  Thank you to Vanessa, the blogger behind Homemade Holiday Gifts.

I ran the sweater through a hot water wash several times to get it felted nice and tight.  The kids thought it was pretty hilarious seeing a sweater that once fit daddy now in their size.  I traced the outline of my feet just the way the tutorial suggested and created the pattern.  Since I wanted my slippers to be extra warm I cut out two layers of fabric for each of the soles and sewed them together for that extra layer of insulation and comfort.  It seems like I had one sick kid after another this winter in my house, so there were lots of "in days" to work on something like this.

Anyway, I won't give you every last detail, since it's described so nicely in the tutorial.  I used the neck band of the sweater to make a nice, tight cuff and then added a couple of felt flowers with a button just for the girly factor!


Voila!

They are soooo warm and fuzzy.....and way cheaper than buying a designer pair.
Free and upcycled!  Two of my favourite words!

I also made a pair of felted wool slipper socks for my 13 yr old out of the arms.  Stay tuned for that post another time...

5 comments:

  1. Hi there! I also saw that tutorial, and would like to try it, but am a bit nervous. Did you sew the neck band on? That's the part I'm nervous about, being able to do it well. I love your idea of doing a double layer for the sole.
    Did you sew these by hand or machine?

    And! I also grew up with those slippers, we call them Oma slippers. :) I like them, but not how quickly they wear out.

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  3. Tutorial site not available...bummer

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  4. was really excited to see the tutorial...not there , any other suggestions where we can find instruction to make the slipper?

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  5. That's too bad to hear! That tutorial was the best one I found...serves me right for not documenting step by step. ;-P
    Here's one that's similar.
    http://homespunstyle.net/2011/12/16/easy-felted-wool-slippers/

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