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Felt Slippers

Martha Stewart Living, December 2004

Homemade slippers of thick wool felt make a heartwarming (and foot-warming) gift. Felt is the ideal fabric to work with, since it won't unravel when cut. 

Felt Slippers How-To
1. Use our templates. Trace onto 1/8-inch-thick wool felt, and cut out (you will need 2 sole pieces and 2 upper pieces per slipper; remember to flip the soles over for the opposite foot). Stack the sole pieces. 

2. Place the upper pieces together, then sew the heel and the instep with a straight stitch, 3/16 inch from edge. Open, and pin to the sole pieces, first at the heel and toe, then along the sides. Sew all the way around, through all layers, 3/16 inch from the edge. 

3. Add a decorative stitch with embroidery floss, like the X pictured on the big red slipper opposite. To add custom fabric name tags, print them on iron-on tape using a label maker, and apply to top layer of sole before sewing slipper.

Comments (36)

  • 6 Jan, 2014

    I bought something just yesterday in the interfacing section of the fabric store. It is slightly stiff and has little "rubber" dots on it just for the bottoms of slippers and little kids' sleepers. I'm going to try a modified version tomorrow. I am going to use padding also, although it may mean that I have rough edges and have to bind with bias tape instead of leaving it as it as as you can do with felt.

  • 6 Jan, 2014

    These slippers are pretty groovy. Simple, clean and cheerful. I'd like to feel out some modifications with the group:
    1) slip resistant bottoms: Is there some sort of coating or thin layer of material that could be used on the bottom to resist slippage? (I'm thinking about wood floors and older people - like me!)
    2) padding: Is there any value in adding quilt batting or a thin layer of foam to the bottom double layer of felt?

    Any thoughts would be appreciated!

  • 1 Oct, 2013

    "Great pattern! I used my own handmade felt which is 1/4 " thick and made
    the sole double thickness - so they're super warm and cosy. I also applied
    a repurposed leather sole made from an old handbag and some embellishments to
    personalise.

    The downside is that I now have requests to make more for friends and
    family!! Mmmm! :)

  • 1 Oct, 2013

    Great pattern! I used my own handmade felt which is 1/4 " thick and made the sole double thickness - so they're super warm and cosy. I also applied a repurposed leather sole made from an old handbag and some embellishments to personalise.

    The downside is that I now have requests to make more for friends and family!! Mmmm! :)

  • 20 Feb, 2013

    Is the sole a double layer of felt?

  • 17 Sep, 2012

    I had a lot of trouble printing the templates the right size too- "Procraftinate" 's directions got me going but I also found Ihad to use "fit" under size options and "portrait" for the orientation (landscape makes it larger than % put in ! ) I found I could also rotate the piece of the template under "view" ( keep it at portrait !) to get more of the pattern and less paper waste-also its easier to line up as you have more to work with - hope this helps ppl like me who aren't too techy : )

  • 17 Sep, 2012

    I had a lot of trouble printing the templates the right size too- "Procraftinate" 's directions got me going but I also found Ihad to use "fit" under size options and "portrait" for the orientation (landscape makes it larger than % put in ! ) I found I could also rotate the piece of the template under "view" ( keep it at portrait !) to get more of the pattern and less paper waste-also its easier to line up as you have more to work with - hope this helps ppl like me who aren't too techy : )

  • 12 Sep, 2012

    I made these for my toddler grandson and my husband out of cast-off jeans. They were really simple to make and are really comfy. I'll probably put some no-slip dots on the bottoms of the next pair. Also, the wash-ability factor is good too. :)

  • 28 Sep, 2011

    Absolutely fantastic..
    www.wix.com/muzmuzcreations/spanish
    www.flickr.com/photos/muzmuz
    www.dedosendos.wordpress.com

  • 4 Dec, 2010

    My sewing machine could not handle the thickness of the felt (ironic, because it's a Martha Stewart Singer!), so I hand-sewed the felt. Anyone got a thimble? LOL.

  • 19 Mar, 2009

    You don't need Photoshop or a photocopier to get these the right size. Open the template in Adobe Reader, in the zoom box type in the value you need to enlarge to in order to get the desired shoe size, and then pan to a section of the slippers. Then go to Print... Under Print Range, select "current view." I printed off enough views to tape them together and then cut out for my pattern. The sizing worked really well.
    Hope this helps!

  • 5 Feb, 2009

    I was so excited to try these. But my pieces didn't line up. The finished size was too small. I used regular felt for a child, not wool. I didnt even bother making the other slipper. I don't know what happened.

  • 19 Jan, 2009

    If you are savvy on Photoshop you can screen copy the template, and then enlarge your template by stretching the image from the corner. Make sure you click your View tab, and make the ruler visible. Measure the bottom of your foot, heel to toe. Then (making sure you enlarge both patterns in one image) enlarge the sole pattern to your foot measurement plus 1/2". The upper will automatically enlarge the correct percentage. You can then print your patterns from your computer.

  • 4 Dec, 2008

    i like the felted sweater idea! i've always wanted to make these...this will be the year.

  • 23 Nov, 2008

    I have made these slippers by buying wool sweaters and at second hand store and shrunk them down to the thickness I wanted and then decorated them with needle work.

  • 22 Nov, 2008

    You could knit(or crochet) a block of yarn that is 70-80% wool if not wool and felt it yourself then cut out the templates. It is more work. I have not seen the thick felt but I bet your Yarn stores will have a web site or may order it as well.

  • 21 Nov, 2008

    I have called around and can not find 1/8" thick wool felt. Is there a specific place to purchase this material? Anyone know where I can find it and in different colors?

  • 20 Nov, 2008

    The template is in the above paragraph 1, its the highlighted word "templates"

    Diana

  • 20 Nov, 2008

    I am so surprised at the number of nasty comments I've seen on this website!If you are so disgusted by it why do you bother to even use it? This is certainly NOT a useles website! Don't forget...they come up with soooo many ideas every day of the year...some are bound to be better than others.

  • 20 Nov, 2008

    you should probably look a little harder.......in #1 the word TEMPLATE is in blue for easy finding......good luck with your project....

    ps..this is a GREAT website!!!!!

  • 20 Nov, 2008

    purlsoho.com has wool felt in great colors.

  • 18 Nov, 2008

    Donnajeangifford, To enlarge the template you first have to print it out. Then you have to have access to a copying machine. There will be a button which will allow you to increase the size using a percentage;simply refer to the chart for this number.

  • 17 Nov, 2008

    What would be a good substitute if you are allergic to wool? Is fleece too thin?

  • 17 Nov, 2008

    I made the slippers with 100% wool, plant-dyed felt. I enlarged the template to 1/2 size smaller than the receipiant's normal shoe size, then hand sewed the pieces using a blanket stitch. Because the seams are sewn on the right side, no seam allowance is needed. The use of embroidery floss in contrasting colors is very appealing to the eye.

  • 17 Nov, 2008

    Please, how does one enlarge the template. Thanks!

  • 11 Aug, 2008

    When I had this enlarged acording to the chart on the side the did not fit, probably just my foot.

  • 8 Mar, 2008

    I made these from an old wool sweater I had felted. The felt was very thick, so I trimmed off the upper seam allowance. I butted the two edges together and put a piece of twill tape underneath and did a wide, dense, multiple zig-zag stitch instead.I then embellished with yarn - loved them and so did the rest of my family

  • 31 Jan, 2008

    could someone tell how to enlarge template for sleepers. I am new to computer.
    Thanks

  • 29 Dec, 2007

    If you "right click" on templates (#1 above), then click on "save target as...," you can save the template as a ".pdf" file and open it in adobe reader. sometimes pdf files just won't open directly from aol or internet explorer.

  • 29 Dec, 2007

    Hello I have tried 3 times to get felt slippers template and will not workk please help martha thanks

    you have a great show watchit when ever I can

    pat

  • 28 Dec, 2007

    Click on "templates" under "Felt Slippers How-To " on first line of #1 above

  • 28 Dec, 2007

    how does one access the template? I have tried and cannot get it.

  • 27 Dec, 2007

    Check out this website for Premium Wool Felt: http://www.achildsdream.com/handwork_supplies/felting_crafts/wool_felt.htm
    They say it's heavyweight, and it comes in a lot of colors.

  • 27 Dec, 2007

    I tried to make these last year as a gift with a thinner wool felt--the results were not good, so I'd be interested too as they would make great travel slippers.

  • 27 Dec, 2007

    Felt can be purchased at any fabric store, Hobby Lobby, Michael's, and Wal-Mart.

  • 27 Dec, 2007

    Where can one purchase this felt?