DIY Cozy Slippers!

by Jeanne
10 Materials
2 Hours

Do you wear slippers around the house? I usually wear socks but I saw some DIY slipper patterns on Pinterest recently and thought they looked like they would be fun to make. I read the instructions & downloaded a couple of different patterns. I have made several pair of each style that I found. This post will show you the style I made for myself, for gifts for my sisters & mom and a pair for one of my sons.

This pattern can be found at: Lauren E Fabrications: Kimono Slipper Tutorial

While I used Lauren's pattern, I changed up the way I used it for cutting out the fabric and for sewing it together. I also made the curve of the inner sole more prominent so that there is a definite left and right slipper. Below are the steps I took to make this style of slipper. I used fabric I had on hand. The fleece was a throw and the flannel from a set of sheets.

Supply list:

  • Slipper pattern or a pen and paper to make your own pattern
  • 1/2 yard of fleece
  • 1/2 yard of flannel
  • 6" of 1/4" elastic
  • Sewing scissors
  • Paper scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Puff paint (*optional)

Download & print the slipper pattern. Print two copies of the Piece B & C. Cut along the dotted line on one of the pattern pieces to create Piece C. Trim the bottom pattern along the inner sole to create a left & right sole.

You can also create your own pattern. Drawing your own pattern allows you to make custom slippers for yourself or someone else. To make the bottom pattern, trace your foot or a pair of sandals/shoes onto a piece of blank paper; then adjust the top pattern to be the same length as your foot. Cut out your pattern pieces with paper scissors. Once you have your pattern ready, either the one you downloaded from here or the one you made, you will be ready to cut the fabric.

Place the fleece right side up and place the flannel on top of it, right side down so that the right sides of each material are touching. Fold in half. This will allow you to call almost all the pieces at once. You'll then cut 2 more soles to use as cushion between the inner & outer soles.

Set the top pattern pieces on top of the fabric. Piece B will be face side up & piece C will be right side down (see picture). Also set down the sole pattern.

Cut out two sets uppers and two sets soles. Cut two additional soles from fleece - this will be sandwiched between the inner and outer soles.

Trim 1/4" all around the edge of each additional sole.

Since the fabric pieces are already right sides together, pin the top pieces along the inner curve.

Since the fabric pieces are already right sides together, pin the top pieces along the inner curve. Stitch each of the top pieces together using a 1/4" seam. Clip seam at the curves and turn right sides out.

Cut two pieces of elastic 3" long each. At the heel, form a casing by stitching 1/2" from top of heel.

Thread elastic through casing & secure at one end. Pull elastic to gather slightly and stitch to secure.

Pin along the outer edge of both top pieces. Baste top pieces together along the outer edge. Set aside.

Set the inner padding sole wrong sides together on top of the inner sole and baste around the edges.

Set the top piece on the left inner sole, overlapping Piece C with Piece B. Piece B will be at the outer edge of the slipper.

Pin top piece to inner sole & baste along the edges.

Repeat with right top & sole.

Set outer sole right sides together over the top piece on left & right sides.

Set outer sole right sides together over the top piece on left & right sides. Pin in place.

Beginning at the insole, stitch around the perimeter using 1/4" seam & leaving a 2 1/2" opening for turning.

Trim seam to reduce bulkiness.

Turn right side out.

Hand stitch opening closed.

Depending on the material you use and the type of flooring you have, you may want to add some Puff Paint to the soles of the slippers.

You can add little dots or designs. Allow paint to dry before wearing.

These slippers are machine washable and you can toss them in the dryer to dry.

I used naugahyde on the bottom of these slippers

Video of the process

Suggested materials:
  • Polar fleece   (On throw)
  • Flannel   (Old sheet)
  • Sewing machine   (On hand)
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