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Stephanie's Sewn Felt Slippers

Inspired by moccasins, each of these slip-ons is constructed from a single piece of felt, available in an array of colors.

Materials

  • Slipper template
  • 18-by-18-inch piece of 3-millimeter wool felt
  • Chalk pen or pencil
  • Thread, such as silk or heavy-duty polyester
  • Sewing kit

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Print slipper template. Enlarge or reduce template so it's the length of the sole of a flat shoe the recipient wears. Cut accordingly. Trace template outline onto felt with chalk pen. Cut out slipper and T-shaped slit, following template.

  2. Step 2

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    Fold felt in half lengthwise, and stitch around the toe and open side, leaving the shorter heel edge open.

  3. Step 3

    Pinch heel closed, then sew from the top of the heel down. Leave 1/2 inch open for smaller sizes and 1 inch for larger sizes. Cut into the felt (1/2 inch for small sizes, 1 inch for large ones) to create a flap at the heel as shown, below center. A small flap of fabric should be left sticking out.

  4. Step 4

    Tuck tag in, then sew shut. Turn slipper inside out.

  5. Step 5

    Round off the tag with scissors, fold up, then sew to outside of slipper.

  6. Step 6

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    Fold the cuff at the ankle, then sew cuff edge to slipper. (To accommodate a wider foot, trim a deeper curve along the top of the opening.)

  7. Step 7

    When sewing your second slipper, remember to flip felt so your T-shaped slit is on the opposite side.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2011

Reviews (40)

  • 31 Aug, 2013

    The slipper pattern PDF wasn't available so I went to Sewn Felt Slippers by Stephanie Hung on vimeo for a very clear explanation of how to make these slippers. It also shows how to make the pattern by using a shoe that already fits. All very helpful.

  • 19 Mar, 2013

    The directions state to measure a pair of flat soled shoes. Measuring the soles of shoes gives you the extra length needed to have these fit correctly. To determine the % to enlarge the pattern. Desired length (A) divided by actual length of printed pattern (B) = (C) percentage you need to enlarge the original printed pattern for your size. My numbers: A= 6 5/8" or 6.625 / B 9.5" = C 1.4339622. I would enlarge the original by C or 1.4339622 to get a pattern length of 9 1/2".

  • 8 Dec, 2012

    This was a cute idea but the pattern leaves no room for the heel to fit securely and so I think it will be frustrating to wear. I even extended the back to bring it up further but it's too weak.

  • 21 Sep, 2012

    Hobby Lobby sales 12"x12" squares for 3.99

  • 12 Aug, 2012

    I found less expensive 3mm felt at The Felt Pod on Etsy or their website ($48 per yard) However, there are only 3 good basic colors.

  • 19 May, 2012

    purplegirl31 - Hobby Lobby sells 12x12 inch squares of wool felt for $3.99. They also always have 40% off coupons online and a ton of colors!

  • 9 Mar, 2012

    I did an alternate version to this pattern available here: http://bit.ly/ylNXpz Also includes more detail photos to help with the process!

  • 17 Jan, 2012

    Is there any other website that sells less expensive wool felt? Or is there any other material that would work just as good for these slippers?

  • 29 Dec, 2011

    I had some trouble with sizing as well, just worked it out with some scrap felt. The video is a must to watch www.http://vimeo.com/32458552
    Also, I used a thinner but textured felt that I lined with "Warm & Natural" cotton batting adhered by Aleene's "Tacky Spray" all purchased from Michael's. Super simple, cute & warm too!

  • 21 Dec, 2011

    @Amy you can buy slipper grippers from Joanns http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?pageName=search&flag=true&PRODID=prd48294 Just add a layer on the bottom of the pattern it works great!

  • 20 Dec, 2011

    @ Amy... Well, this design is originally a Native American moccasin. In that spirit, I am trying to make a slipper using soft deerskin
    . They are gorgeous.

  • 16 Dec, 2011

    I was planning on making my older brother a pair for the holidays becausde they are his style, but I wanted to add something besides felt to the bottom of the slipper so he could wear it in more versatile places. Any ideas? much appreciated!

  • 13 Dec, 2011

    @KatieOR. I tried to make myself slippers using the sizing suggestions from Martha's signt last night, and the sizing is way off! I couldn't even get the slipper on! Thank you for the tip. Which sizing method did you use?

  • 12 Dec, 2011

    I've attempted these slippers several times now with felt that I made from wool sweaters. The sizing on the template IS off, which is why I've had to experiment so much.
    This sizing chart: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe_size works if you add an inch to it to account for the heel.
    If you're making your own felt, I recommend making it extra thick - otherwise you'll end up with floppy slippers.
    I also found this video: http://vimeo.com/32458552 that shows the process from start to finish :)

  • 9 Dec, 2011

    The size template on this is next to horrible! I made one pair that was way too small. I started a second pair after adjusting and making my own "pattern" based from this one.
    I used fleece as a lining and also sewed on some "footie pajama" no slip stuff to the bottom. I used a sewing machine to make these, all except for the cuffs which i hand stitched (all the way around). Turned out great, all in all took about 1 1/2 hrs to complete. I used this sizing chart as a guide http://www.ehow.com/way_5183370_inches-shoe-size-conversion.html

  • 6 Dec, 2011

    Please post a how-to video. I am not quite sure how to handle the heel and these look so very lovely. I need to make several pairs for the holidays! Thanks

  • 6 Dec, 2011

    My 11 year old made a pair for herself. These are really easy and fun to make.

  • 30 Nov, 2011

    Did anyone else try to use a sewing machine but with the felt? I can hand so but I need to make four pairs and using my machine would be much easier. Also if you made a size 7 or size 9 and can share insite on how big you needed to make the templete it would be extremely helpful. Thanks!!

  • 29 Nov, 2011

    I tried using an old shrunken sweater. Didn't work as it stretched and made the edges 'wavy' I thought the felt didn't seem very cozy. I might try lining them with the sweater (?) I used my sewing machine...are these to be hand sewn? That could be where I went wrong.

  • 29 Nov, 2011

    ...2 You should give the finished size from the original length of the template. Like: Using an 8" template will give you a child's size 11, finished length 71/4". My test pair was for my husband, size 8 and they fit me, woman's size 7. This is an expensive mistake to make.

  • 29 Nov, 2011

    Hey All: Am I the only one who is having major issues with the sizes? I have had issues with Martha's templates in past so I made a test pair. My shoe size is 7, my feet are almost 10" long, if you look at the sizing chart, I should have size 10 feet! I have wasted one piece of felt making what should have been size 11 boys, which are obviously size 8; finished length: 6 1/2", should be 7" at least. Man, you guys!

  • 29 Nov, 2011

    Also having trouble with these....more step by step instructions and photos would be a big help. thank you

  • 28 Nov, 2011

    I am having trouble with step 3...pinch heel closed. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you very much.

  • 27 Nov, 2011

    Dear Martha Staff, My daughter and I are attempting to make these for Christmas gifts. We are not sure how to get the template the right sizes. How are we supposed to do that. We were also stuck on the heal portion until my 14 year old daughter totally got it so way to go Abi. Is there any way you could help a little more in the template area and maybe some step by step pics of the felt slipper project? Or maybe you could up load a video? Thanks I hope you respond cuz these are really cute

  • 27 Nov, 2011

    if you are having trouble with the heel. you sew the back beginning at the top and leave one third of the seam open. then you are going to sew the last bit in the opposite direction. ( the first seam is vertical, so pinch the fabric horizontally). there will be an overlap (two small triangles on each side) i cut these off. then trimmed the remainder of the flap (NOW it's a flap) to be rounded like a half circle and sewed it down. good luck!

  • 22 Nov, 2011

    As an alternative to buying the wool felt, you could felt an old wool sweater. It costs about $2 to get one at a thrift shop. I'm planning to try it out this weekend.

  • 22 Nov, 2011

    does the 18 X 18 piece of felt make One pair or just one slipper?

  • 22 Nov, 2011

    @pugmom2002 - You can buy non-slip grip glue and tape that is meant for fabric at the fabric store.

    @everyone - I am having trouble figuring out how to enlarge the template - any tips/suggestions?

  • 21 Nov, 2011

    for the grip on the bottom us the craft gel paint in the drawing tubes.

  • 19 Nov, 2011

    I am about to give these a try, but was thinking about adding a fleece lining...good idea/bad idea!?! Also trying to think of a no-slip grip.

  • 18 Nov, 2011

    Do you have to use 100% wool felt for these slippers or can you use a wool blend/synthetic felt for these? 100% wool felt is EXPENSIVE! ($50 or more per yard)

  • 16 Nov, 2011

    Are these meant to be hand sewn or by machine?

  • 14 Nov, 2011

    (continued from below)...outside of the slipper. Look at the picture that shows the back/heel of the slipper. It might make more sense then. Hope this helps!!

  • 14 Nov, 2011

    I just ordered my felt, and I was looking at the instructions on the heel.. this is what I can make out of it:

    If you look at the third picture, where it shows the side of one shoe, follow step three. So pinch the back of the slipper and heel closed, and sew all the way down, leaving either a half inch or inch open at the bottom. Right below where you stopped your sewing on the heel, make a slit. (You can kind of see it in the picture.) This is how the flap/tag is created that's sewn to the...

  • 14 Nov, 2011

    Check out the pictures 3&4 and it will help with the heels. To add a non slip sole you might be able to hot glue or fabric glue on one after slipper is done....give it a try, and let us know

  • 14 Nov, 2011

    Does anyone have an idea on how to add a non-slip sole? These look so great and cozy, but I need a safety factor too.

  • 13 Nov, 2011

    I did a size 8 but there is no way it will fit my husband figured out the size to increase but it is way small help I need also for size 9.5

  • 12 Nov, 2011

    I am having trouble with the heels as well. Help anyone?

  • 10 Nov, 2011

    I tried to make these slippers but am having trouble understanding how to do the heels. Can anyone help me. I absolutely adore these.

  • 9 Nov, 2011

    I made these last night, took about an hour to complete a pair. The hardest part, was figuring out the correct amount of zoom I needed on the template. Super cute and comfy. Going to make these for my nieces and nephew for Christmas. I got the wool felt at Michael's. Total cost was about $6.00. Pretty cozy too! The instructions were easy to follow.