Things You'll Need
- Fleece or other warm fabric
- Leather or other nonslip material
- Sizing shoes
- Sewing machine
- Needle and thread
Slippers help keep your toes and feet toasty on a cold winter day and help prevent dry, cracked heels due to heated indoor air. You can make a warm, comfortable pair of slippers for yourself or a loved one using an old thick fleece or corduroy jacket. Make men's slippers with navy blue, grey and black colored material. This handmade gift idea requires moderate sewing knowledge and some creativity.
Find or purchase thick, warm fleece or other material for the upper portion of the slipper and suede, leather or other nonslip material for the soles of the slippers. Trace the desired foot size by using an old pair of shoes or slippers. Lay the right and left shoe or slipper on the sueded material and trace around it to form the two soles of the slippers. Cut the soles out, leaving 1/2 to 1 inch of extra material around the entire shape to provide room for sewing.
Draw out the upper portions of the slippers on to the fleece fabric, in a U-shaped piece to fit around the toes and cover the upper part of the feet. Leave another U- or O-shaped opening at the ankle area for the foot to slide into the slipper. Cut out the upper piece of one slipper and use it as a pattern to trace the second piece to ensure they are the same size.
Sew the two portions of the right slipper together using your sewing machine. Repeat with the left slipper. To ensure that they are securely attached, sew a second seam on each slipper. Finish by attaching a ribbon or embellishments onto the slippers, if desired.
You can also use an old sweater to make slippers. Make warmer slippers by using a boot-like pattern that covers the ankles.
Use material that will not shrink when washed to get more use out of the slippers. If you use leather or suede for the soles of the slipper, they will not be washable. Try other nonslip materials such as rubberized fabric or rough corduroy to make the slippers more durable. Use a thick needle when sewing through heavy fabrics to avoid breaking the sewing needle.
Noreen Kassem is a hospital doctor and a medical writer. Her articles have been featured in "Women's Health," "Nutrition News," "Check Up" and "Alive Magazine." Kassem also covers travel, books, fitness, nutrition, cooking and green living.