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:
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.
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.
Here are the resists partially covered with the lighter green wool.
And then I added the cheese cloth after two layers of light green.
I just cut a rectangle and then fold the edges over.
And I put it on both sides of the inner two 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.