Saturday, September 24, 2011

If this makes me a shoemaker, where are the elves?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

I've been doing baby booties for awhile, and love their tiny adorableness, but recently, someone asked, "Could you do adult-sized house slippers?"

Never ask me if I can do something... Now it's a challenge, not just a question!

I started out with a baby shoe pattern I already had (thank you,, and then I looked at several pairs of slippers and simple shoes I owned and thought about how they were constructed.
Upcycled from a vintage embroidered dresser scarf
I had some scraps of tapestry-style upholstery fabric (got it FREE from my local "Freecyle" on-line group. If you don't Freecyle, you're missing out on a Wonderful Thing.), and I bought some remnants of soft vinyl at the fabric store for the soles.

Here's my first attempt:

Tapestry slippers with vintage buttons as trim.

Encouraged -- I tried them on and they were comfortable! -- I pulled out some pieces of an old "cutter" quilt and tried again. I also added some fusible fleece to the sole lining so they'd be a little softer. This time, I got more of a shabby chic look, I think:

An old cutter quilt with some cotton tatting lace trim.

So I finished off with a little more of the quilt scraps and pulled together another pair of baby booties:

So now that I'm a shoemaker, I want to know:  Where are the elves who come in the night and finish all my work?

Can I make some slippers for you?


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