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Friday, November 12, 2010

Slippers for Christmas

 Awhile back I shared some slippers I made for my youngest grandson
just the beginning of making a pair for each of the kids

 To cute aren't they.
This is the pattern I used to make these cute little slippers
you can find it on Keepsake Quilting.com

I also found this pattern over at the Pink Slipper Project
Have you heard of this great site.  They organize and collect slippers to give to 
displaced women and their children.
Aren't these slippers just darling.
I used both patterns to inspire me.  I did not want the raw edges or the binding,
  so this is what I did.

After making a test pair I lengthen the 
sole by 1/2 inch and widened the heal by 1/2 inch on each side.

Here are the main pattern pieces, just two
the sole and the toe.

Place the sole pattern on the fleece, cut 4 pieces, and cut 2 pieces of batting.
I am using cotton batting

Cut 4 of the toe pattern, I am using flannel, and again 2 cotton batting.
I tried using fleece for the toe also but it is just to thick for my liking and for the machine to sew.
Oh the machine will sew it but it is hard on it, not worth it, besides I like how this looks better.

One pair cut.  
Note: you can use scissors if you don't have a rotary cutter, 
the rotary cutter will save you quilt a bit of time and is easier on the hands.
To assemble start with the toe.  
Place the batting on mat, top with one piece of the 
flannel wrong side against the batting,
top with the other piece of flannel right sides together.

It is helpful to have a walking foot to work with this many layers.
What the walking foot does is feed the top and bottom fabric evenly
because the walking foot has feed dogs, too.
You can do it without, though it may be a bit more difficult.
Sew the 3 layers of the toe together at the top, about 1/2 inch from the crescent shaped edge
Clip the curve, it helps when you turn it to have a smooth edge....
turn so that both right sides enclose the batting.
Next sew a 1/4 inch from the new finished edge to top stitch.
Also sew down the raw edges, just to make it easier when attaching the toe to the sole.
Trim of the little wings (above)
Now it is time to join the toe and sole.

Place the batting down first, then one of the fleece sole pieces
next the toe piece, and top with another fleece sole.
it will look like this (below), begin to pin all layers together
pin around one side to the heal, tucking and aligning the edges
as you go around the other side aligning the edge of the toe to the edge of the sole
you will need to tuck the center (like so) in order to bring to sole piece over to pin.
making sure to keep the end of the toe against the edge.
Leave an opening along one side like this, about 4 or so inches long so that you 
can turn the the slipper right side out.
like this.
Slipper turned and opening pinned to be hand sewn.

The pair.
Perhaps the addition of a bow?
Another pair.

The next pair will have orange flames.

I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial and will give making slippers a try.
They do not take very long, about an hour if your not taking
pictures.

May God Bless you richly

6 comments:

Abramyan Avenue said...

Very cute! You are so talented!! This will make such a special and heartfelt gift!

Candi said...

great tutorial Gail
hugz:)
Candi

pattas said...

How Marvelous, thankyou for sharing the pattern.. I know this will make someone very happy..
have a blessed week :))

Teen2 said...

Love the slippers, a very talented and generous lady to share the pattern with us.. :))

Nita said...

Those slippers are so cute. I'll have to bookmark this page so I can make some for my grandkids next year. I've been asked not to make any more quilts for them and I really want to give them something I made, these will be perfect. Thanks. ~Nita

Marydon said...

Some little person is going to be thrilled with their gifts. Darling ...

Christmas hugs & wishes ~
TTFN ~ Marydon