I spent some time making these slippers from vintage household textiles. To be exact I used vintage curtains (blue pair), Xmas runner and winter calendar towel. They are available at my shop at www.creativebabies.etsy.com
I decided to make a small tutorial since some of you find this idea of upcycling to be interesting (thank you all for your kind FlickR comments!).
That's what you need for the project:
- a basic store-bought pattern for slippers (it's also easy to draw your own);
- vintage textile piece to upcycle;
- piece of vinyl, EasyGrip (not sure about spelling),suede or any material suitable for soles.
1) Lay out the pattern pieces on textile piece. Try to find the best placement. Cut out. Repeat this step for soles and batting.
2) Stitch batting to the tops. Cut the access along the edges.
3) Repeat step 2 for the soles.
4) Choose complimentary fabric for the tops lining. With right sides together stitch lining and slipper top along the slipper openning line.
5) Trim the opening edge.
6). Turn slipper tops right sides out and press the seams with a hot iron.
7). Machine-baste the tops along the edges (appr. 3/8” from edges) and top-stitch along the slipper top opening.
8). Pin and stitch tops to soles.
9). With right sides together pin the vinyl outer soles to the slippers.
10). Stitch along the edges (appr. ½” from the edges) leaving appr. 4” opening on one side of slippers for turning.
11). Trim seam and turn slippers inside out helping with a knitting needle to push. Do it slowly and exercise caution not to tear the seams near the opening.
12). Press the slippers with a cool iron (from the fabric side) turning edges of the openings inside.
13). Stitch the openings.