Every year during the winter, marble or ceramic tiles and even wooden floors become too cold to walk on. A pair of warm slippers can save your feet from freezing and feeling numb. But you might not feel like buying the fancy or expensive slippers for regular in-home use.
Homewear slippers are not so difficult to make if you get easy guidance. Besides, you can recycle your waste clothing turning into a nice and comfortable pair of slippers.
Here we’ll provide you with a complete guideline on how to make slippers yourself with soft and cushioned inside and non-slip sole.
Supplies You Will Need
- Material for outer shoe – woven or knit fabric, polyester fleece, synthetic leather, and felted wool, anything will work
- Nylon tricot or furry fabric, any of these can be used as lining fabric
- Scissors that can cut paper and fabric both
- Fabric Paints
- Embellishments of your choice
- Pins or adhesive tape
- A glue gun
- Hard soles
- Shoe inserts
- Pencil & Marker pen
- Reel of a thick thread of your desired color
- A lockstitch sewing awl or large darning needle or sewing machine, whatever is easily available and feasible to work with for you
- Either sew foam or sponge carpet for core soles
The foam core comes in various colors and costs less too. You can launder it in a washing machine. But don’t dry foam in the dryer since it shows pinholes.
Measure Your Foot Size
You need to take measurements as per the following instructions:
- The widest part of your foot is the width. For seam allowances, add one inch
- Record the toe to heel length of the foot
- A slipper top will cover the top of the foot. The range of a slipper top’s coverage area may vary depending on your preference or comfort.
- The distance between your toe and the widest part of midfoot is the standard measurement for a slipper top. Add quarter or half an inch to the measurement.
Create a Slipper Pattern
Finalize a free slipper pattern, adjust its size according to your foot measurements and print it out on a paper. Now trace the outline and cut out the pattern pieces.
Cut Out Your Pattern
- Lay those pattern pieces on cardboard and draw the outlines. Now use the scissors and cut through that cardboard following the borders. Your cardboard mold is ready that will act as a measure throughout the entire project.
- For making the instep of your inner shoe, put the respective cutout on your lining fabric. Outline and cut accordingly.
- As for the instep of the outer shoe, follow the same way using outside fabric instead. But spare 0.5 inches for seam allowance when you cut them.
- Similarly, the lining soles will be of the exact measurements but outer soles are a bit bigger than those measurement molds.
- Use the molds and cut the core soles from foam or sponge.
Sewing the Slippers: Step-by-Step
Step 1:Prepare the Soles
Use a glue gun to glue the foam soles on the hard soles. Make sure the lower soles are facing the wrong side whereas the core soles are right before you attach them. Now trim the shoe inserts; i.e., the upper soles.
Step 2:Construct the Slipper Tops
Fix the lining fabric with outside fabric facing the opposite direction using glue.
In this way, six parts are prepared in total – one pair of tongues or shoe inserts, backs, and toe panels each.
Step 3:Attach the Soles and Upper Covers
Pin up the right side of the toe panel with the sole bottom facing upwards
Stitch them together and allow seams of little more than half an inch
Clip off the excess thread with scissors. Don’t forget to tie a knot with the loose ends
Trim the seams down and zigzag using a regular machine to give a finishing touch at the edges
Insert the tongues inside the slippers
To prevent your slipper from slipping and sliding, make dots or lines with puffy fabric paint at the bottom of the sole. This is the cheapest and easiest trick. You can go for non-slip sole options too; but usually, they are challenging to handle as well as expensive
You can coat your homemade slippers with colorful paints and make a pretty design on them too in order to beautify even more. If you can’t draw much, just make lines or polka dots. Remember to let the paint dry before you wear them.
Slippers with plush lining material, trimming fur, tassels, pom-pom, ribbons, and many more embellishments are available on the market. These decorative items can be used to design your DIY slippers too. But this is optional since they are for home use only
Hope that these guidelines might help you make your own slippers at home.