Decorated with a dazzling combination of fabric, ribbons, sequins, and beads, store-bought slippers offer a wonderful way to welcome houseguests and make lovely gifts for virtually any occasion. This technique, inspired by a pair of slippers created by Martha's friend Melissa Neufeld, is designed to yield a pair embellished with toile fabric and velvet ribbon. You can, however, easily adapt this technique to create any of the five versions that follow or to fashion your own design.
Tools and Materials
Cotton fabric (Martha uses a Martha Stewart Signature chinoiserie toile fabric)
Stiff bristle brush (optional)
Twill tape or ribbon (optional)
Sequin flowers (optional)
Braided trim (optional)
1. Cut a piece of fabric to at least 1 1/2 inches larger on all sides than the vamp or top of one of the slippers. Using Fabri-Tac glue, completely cover the vamp. If desired, spread the glue with a stiff bristle brush.
2. Carefully lay the fabric on the vamp, gently pulling it tightly across so it doesn't pucker. (If the fabric does pucker a bit at the end, don't worry; the edges will be covered with ribbon.) Let dry for about 5 minutes.
3. Trim the fabric about a 1/4 inch from the edge on all sides (don't worry if it isn't completely straight; the ribbon will cover it). If desired, attach twill tape or ribbon to create a nice, neat border.
4. Wrap the velvet ribbon around the sole to gauge how much you'll need (you should have enough to extend completely around and across the vamp's edge). Using the Fabri-Tac and working in sections, apply a coat of glue directly to the ribbon.
5. Starting on the inside edge of the sole, begin wrapping the ribbon around the slipper, gluing as you go. Trim the end, fold it under, and glue. Let this dry for about 5 minutes.
Thin Green and Brown Fancy Trim How-To
Cut strips of thin flower ribbon and glue them on with Fabri-Tac.
White Sequin and Beaded Trim How-To
Use sequins that come already threaded. Cut a piece of the sequined material just large enough to fit the front of the slipper. Using some Fabri-Tac glue, attach the sequins to the slipper.
Green Grosgrain with Sequin Flowers and Leaves How-To
Cut individual sequined flowers, and glue them on the slippers. Add leaves by gluing a bit of green ribbon underneath the flowers.
Swiss Braid Millinery Trim How-To
Attach the braided trim using Fabric-Tac.
Blue Sewn-On Beads How-To
Sew beads onto your slippers using a needle and thread. (Martha made hers by threading the beads and stitching directly into the slipper about every 10 beads.)
Slippers can be found at Pearl River. Fabri-Tac glue is available at crafts and fabric stores. Thin flower ribbon can be found at Masterstroke Canada (416-751-4193; firstname.lastname@example.org). Threaded sequins can be purchased at M and J Trimming.
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