New Slippers for Hubby

I made a couple of pairs of slippers about a year ago using the shape of slippers that Nada showed in this tutorial.  One pair for me and one pair for hubby. My pair are still doing fine. Slightly worn on the bottom but they don’t look like this:

Old Slippers

This is what is left of Hubby’s pair. Sad, isn’t it? I had used spray on Plasti-Dip to coat the bottom but he wore that off in no time. So he needed a new pair. And I decided to buy some leather soles for them this time.

Wool and Cheese Cloth

He chose green for his slippers. I used the lighter green for the inner layers and the batts for the outer layers. The white is cheese cloth that I add in the middle layers for strength and the lower right blob of fabric is dyed cheese cloth to put on the outside.

Covering the Resist with Inner Layers of Wool

Here are the resists partially covered with the lighter green wool.

Adding a Layer of Cheese Cloth

And then I added the cheese cloth after two layers of light green.

Cheese Cloth Layer

I just cut a rectangle and then fold the edges over.

Both Sides Covered with Cheese Cloth

And I put it on both sides of the inner two layers of wool.

Adding the Outer Layers of Wool

Then I added the darker green wool. I did a total of 6 layers with the last layer on the sole made extra thick.

Adding the Cheese Cloth Embellishments

And then I added the dyed cheese cloth over the toes. This resist is easy to use because you can really tell which side is up or down and which is the right and left one. I then felted, fulled and shaped the slippers.

Somerset Designs Slipper Soles

Then I ordered the leather slipper soles. These are Somerset Designs. The first pair I ordered were too small. He wears size 11 so I thought 11″ would work. So I had to order another pair in the largest size which is 12″. Luckily, the 11″ pair fit my slippers and now I’m sure my pair will last a really long time. Hubby was unhappy that his slippers had to wait and I had new soles on mine first.

Inside of the Slipper Soles

Here’s what the inside looks like. I’m sure this part is supposed to be against your foot but it really makes these slippers really cushy!

Edge with Needle Holes

These already have holes punched for stitching to the slipper.

I used small safety pins to hold the sole in place while I was stitching. I then used a tapestry needle (blunt end) and #5 perle cotton in brown to attach the soles.

And here is the result. I think the soles will really last much longer and hopefully, I won’t be making another pair next year but these will last several years instead.

Wearing His New Slippers

And he had to put them on immediately. He’s very pleased. So if you have considered using the leather slipper soles, give them a try. They are easy to attach. Just remember to get them a bit bigger than you think you need.



About ruthlane

When I discovered felting in 2007, I finally found the creative outlet for which I had been searching. I love that the versatility of fiber allows me to “play” with a wide variety of materials including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns and threads. Creating one of a kind fiber art pieces to share with the world fulfills my creative passion.
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24 Responses to New Slippers for Hubby

  1. koffipot says:

    Slipper abuse! lol He must have liked them very much. The new ones look great. I’ve used recycled leather for soles but the stitching wore out. Next time I’d apply them as you’ve done. 🙂

  2. zedster66 says:

    They look great, Ruth! I’ve never seen soles like that, but they look easy to use and comfy 🙂

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Zed – I just searched online and found them on Amazon. They are comfy – we got the wrong size first so I got some for mine too 🙂

  3. Mary Stori says:

    You always blow my mind with your fabulous projects and I truly appreciate your generosity taking the time and trouble to provide visual step-by-steps….thank you!

  4. Felicity says:


  5. These are beautiful! They look so well made. The old ones really made me laugh. My dogs would have turn them into toys in no time. =)

  6. Frances says:

    The soles look great – where did you purchase them?

  7. They turned out great Ruth. I haven’t seen nice soles like that for slippers.

  8. Leonor says:

    First, well done for making a super comfy wooly pair of slippers with a nifty sole (the way you attached them was also really smart, by the way) and second, well done to hubby, who knows to appreciate handmade items from the Wife! 😀

  9. Teri Berry says:

    Great post Ruth, thanks for sharing. I do have to wonder how hubby was (ab)using his slippers to get them into that state though. Which breed of wool do you like to use for your slippers?

  10. luvswool says:

    Nice slippers, Ruth! So good to know Hubby got much use from the first pair. I would call those old slippers well-loved.

  11. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Boy, they look so comfy! Great job. It’s good to know about the leather soles. This is still on my list.

  12. Lyn says:

    They turned out lovely and your advice with the safety pins is clever.

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