I just made myself a pair of slippers, I bought a kit at a show last year and they’ve been sitting on my to do pile ever since with my fluffy pair getting more and more shabby – not helped by me nipping up the garden in them!
The kit includes the soles and the pattern, together with the instructions. They’re designed by Gertie Lau of Mushroom Village Crafts and are called Wrap Slippers.
The instructions include how to make a pair from little hexagons too, they look really pretty but as you know I haven’t really got the patience for mini hexagons, so I chose some pretty quilting cottons instead. The first job was to quilt the fabrics, I did a sort of check pattern with the butterflies in the squares for the top and some swirls or wiggles for the soles, I managed to fussy-cut the soles so I had a butterfly on each one.
Each slipper is made from two pieces which then overlap to give the shape. The edges were bound with bias, I happened to have some really pretty bias binding in my stash which was an impulse buy at a show, the colours don’t match perfectly but it does have purple flowers on it which was good enough for me during lockdown!
The instructions were well written and straight forward, the only bit I changed slightly was the size of the bias binding which goes round the sole, once the 1/4″ bias was stitched round the top it was flipped over and hand-stitched underneath, I found it easier with a slightly wider bias, still the same size on top but more to stitch underneath.
When it came to the last stage, stitching the slipper onto the sole I realised I had a bit of an issue, my kit had two left feet!! I couldn’t remember which company I’d bought the kit from so I found the kits on line and messaged the maker. Gertie was very apologetic and popped a right foot in the post straight away. I was a bit concerned as it was an American site I’d found her on, so I wasn’t sure how long it would take, especially at the moment. Luckily they were actually coming from the Midlands here in the UK! My replacement came within days.
To stitch on the sole you first have to make a row of holes round the rim with an awl. The instructions then say glue the slipper on first, I admit I missed that bit off as wanted a bit of leeway if it wasn’t right. At first I really struggled with the stitching. I used a big chenille needle with some top-stitching thread, the slippers are stitched on using a stab-stitch, so you go up and down the same hole of the sole. This is where the difficulty was, trying to get back down the hole, as my needle kept trying to start another one. I then had the idea of using the blunt end of the needle to go through the sole, it worked brilliantly, I just kept flicking between the sharp end to go through the fabric and the blunt end to go through the sole.
I was really chuffed with my slippers, they fit well, they’re comfortable. I showed them to my OH and he said ‘Shouldn’t the flap be the other way round, with the buttons on the outside?”
I still really like my slippers, I’ll certainly make another pair when I’ve worn these out.