MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES
- An old sweater
- Sewing pins
- Scrap yarn
- Large darning needle
- Paper or card stock for tracing
- Non-slip grip pads (optional)
- Fabric paint (optional)
Make a rough outline of your foot on a piece of paper or card stock. Leave about ½ inch of extra space around the edge for comfy slippers and easy sewing. Cut out your shape, then repeat for the other foot.
Place each cutout on the body of the sweater and cut around them to create two sole pieces. Tip: Use double-sided tape to keep the paper from slipping around while you’re cutting.
Stick your foot into the sleeve of the sweater through the opening at the wrist. Pull the fabric around your leg to the desired boot length.
Very carefully, cut the fabric of the sleeve away from the sole of your foot. You’re trying to make it so that just the bottom of your foot is exposed. Now you have your leg piece!
Attach the sole to the leg piece with sewing pins. Start with one pin at the toe of your bootie and one pin at the heel. Then stretch the fabric as necessary to line the two pieces up and pin them together.
With the pins in place, blanket-stitch the sole and the leg piece together. To do a blanket stitch, 1. push your needle through both layers of fabric from the top, 2. pull the yarn through until only a small loop remains, 3. bring your needle back down through the loop, 4. pull the yarn tight. You can also add a blanket stitch around the opening of your boot to make it look extra-polished. Tip: For extra traction, glue on non-slip grip pads or decorate the bottom of the soles with raised lines of fabric paint.
Pull on your new recycled-sweater slipper-boots, and get cozy!
Originally published on Oct. 22, 2013.