Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Super easy slippers part 2

I made more slippers, and wanted to show some variations. I decided to see what would happen if I felted a pair of slippers more after they were sewn. Here they are before I gave them another hot bath (FYI, you can click on the pictures to see them larger):

Here they are after:

They are a smidge smaller, as expected, but I love the way the seams came out... kinda fuzzy and undefined. Of course I had to mess with them more, and added cuffs.... I really like the addition of the cuffs. I like the look of the sweaters cuffs better, but they felted too small on this particular sweater, so I just used a scrap piece & folded it over to create the cuff. It takes such a short amount of time & they look better to me with cuffs. What do you think? Cuffs or no cuffs?

I then decided to make a pair of child sized ones. I used the size women's 5 template, since that was the smallest one provided on the tutorial. I used this funky patterned wool blend, but because of the odd texture, I added a layer of soft lambswool on the insole for added comfort. I again added cuffs. I tried these on my son for a size reference, and while they were too big, they weren't grossly oversized on him. He wears a size 10 toddler for reference. Another reason I like the cuffs is that they help them stay on... especially for children's slippers that may start out a bit big to grow into.


sallymandy said...

Better with cuffs. And the child ones are so cute. Like pixie boots.

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I like the gray with the cuff, as well. I have only made felted slippers, never from a sweater ~ I'm going to try it.


Anna said...

cuffs.... definately with cuffs.

Resweater said...

Yay! I'm glad all of you like the cuffs too!

Joan said...

I definitely like the cuffs...added warmth and I would think they would help the slippers stay on better!!

Unknown said...

cuffs - yes!
bottoms - better with some jiffygrip over the sweater, and even better lined with some insulating fabric or insulpad (used in upholstery on sofas).

Ooh, I look forward to making several pairs! I've been wanting to make guest slippers and these are perfect!

Unknown said...

oh, and thanks for the heads up on the link on my blog about the mittens, it's all fixed now!

mamaTAVE said...

I think the folded cuffs are really cute, though I would probably unfold them once on to keep my ankles extra-warm! I am definitely going to give these a try. Just need to consider the "slip factor", since we have hardwood floors... Maybe some puff paint on the soles... Or Victoria mentioned jiffygrip... I don't know what that is, but it sounds like something I might need! I would also like to one day have a basket of guest slippers by the door, since we are a shoe-free house. This would be a quick way to accomplish that since knitting them all is just not happening...!

Resweater said...

I am the clumsiest thing, and we have a poorly insulated old house. That being said, I have no problem with slipping on my wood floors in my new slippers, and my feet are perfectly warm in them. I would worry about non-skid for a child, but not adults. I have heard great things about puff paint for non skid, but have no idea what jiffygrip is. I'll have to check it out!

Lora said...

Yes, cuffs. I may try the pattern again. And if you want some recycled suede for the bottoms, let me know. I did some damage in the suede coat section at Goodwill when the coats were $1. You are inspiring me to try this pattern again...

Archie and Melissa said...

oh my gosh kris!
your slippers are fabulous!
i love them with the cuffs! totally perfect!

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