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The 6 minute felt slipper

23 October, 2010

I think I have mentioned before that I am a rubbish sew-er, an impatient, corner cutting seamstress. This was proven to me big time today when I tried to make some simple felt slippers.

You see, excitingly, our house is progressing. This morning Carpet Derek came and laid 100% wool down on our bedroom floor after a good week of plastering and painting. This is fab, as it means that when the baby comes (I am 37 weeks today!) we will have at least one snug little room. However, today’s dillemma was that we have this lovely new carpet in one spot, and rancid, dusty (cool looking though) floor boards everywhere else. It will be far too easy for that muck to creep into our creamy lushness. Clearly, I need some slippers to leave at the bedroom door!

Having just been to a jumble sale at the Camberwell Sallies, organised by Mel, and picked up a wooly jumper for 10p, I quickly stuffed it in the machine on hot and felted that bad boy.
I then googled “simple felt slippers” and came across a couple of really lovely options. Rather than limiting myself to one recipe, I thought I should sort of mix them. I was aiming for Martha’s neatness but rolling with Mary Jane’s more freestyle feel, and um, just like when I do baking combos, it was a fail. I got one slipper. It was properly ugly and about 3 times too big. I was pretty mad after measuring my foot and cutting out newspaper and Everything.

In my madness I put my foot in the armpit of the jumper. Hello!!!! I had stumbled upon the easiest felt slipper ever- it was basically ready made! How I have managed to make the most simple of all sewing projects even more basic I will never know.

It goes like this:

  1. Put foot in armpit of felted wool jumper. Toes pointing toward wrist end of sleeve.
  2. Snuggle your foot down till it feels cosy.
  3. Cut off the excess jumper hanging off the back of heel, and excess sleeve hanging from your toes.
  4. So a straight line up from your heel (should be about 8cm or so)
  5. Sew a point around your toes.
  6. Turn inside out.

Done! Then, if you have some lace, or other goodies you’ve picked up from a carboot, wack that on and voila.

If this takes you more than 6 minutes per slipper then you are a worse sew-er than me! (Or perhaps it just means you are meticulous which means you can go far in sewing world, my friend.)

Above- the corner of my original attempt next to the proof of my practice on newspaper (it’s not worth it, even when I do practice it doesn’t pay off)
Below- the six minute beauts that will save our new carpet, hurrah!

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9 Comments

  • Reply Sue 27 October, 2010 at 9:04 am

    you are so clever Lucy -they look great-well done

  • Reply lucy ar 1 November, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Hehe, thanks Sue! Sneaky rather than clever though…

  • Reply Anonymous 7 April, 2011 at 4:32 am

    This is really wonderful! I've been looking on and off for days for a felt slipper project that's my speed, and this looks perfect. Thanks for posting.

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  • Reply Liz Burton 19 January, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Absolutely brilliant. they look super snuggly. x

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    I love them, so cool 🙂

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