How can I make a pair of slippers/house shoes using recycled stuff?

slippersWe’ve had an email from Kate:

i want to make a pair of slippers for my boyfriend for his birthday. he’s really into green stuff and i’m broke (back at uni!) so i thought i’d make them but don’t know where to start. any ideas?!

After making booties for our niece Mia a few years ago, I got excited about making supersized booties for us but never got around to it, and that’s more knitting than recycling anyway (unless you’ve reclaimed the wool). (On that topic, I also have this “dorm boots” pattern in my “growing and eating and making” bookmarks folder from when I was looking for a pattern for Mia.)

Away from knitting, you can make them out of towels or misc woollen fabric (like a blanket or an old jumper).

John also made himself some “outside slippers” from a pair of old comfortable but battered trainers – we wear socks around the house but he needed something he could slip-on for running out to the bin or going into the sometimes-damp cellar. He just chopped the back out of the shoes to make mules and sewed up the rough edge.

Any other suggestions? Or hints on how to get started?

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4 Responses to “How can I make a pair of slippers/house shoes using recycled stuff?”

  1. Lynsey says:

    If you google slipper patterns I’m sure lots will come up – that’s how I tend to search for patterns anyway! If you have a jumper that is pure wool that you no longer wear then you can felt it in the washing machine (really hot wash) and the resulting fabric is easy to sew with and won’t fray. You can also nip to the charity shop and pick up a jumper fairly cheaply too if you don’t have one. Oh and pop a pair of jeans in with it too when you felt it as it will help to agitate the wool.

  2. janet says:

    How about getting the shoe innersoles, the larger ones and putting two sets together, for stiffness, and make up the uppers with cut material of your own choice,makeing it the size of bottoms and glue in place, and tacking down the top rim. Hey Presto slippers.

  3. anna says:

    I saw a cool pair of slippers made of old jeans
    I wish there was a howto as well for creating them :)

  4. Anonymous says:

    yep i agree with anna about making websites showing you how to make slippers :) :b

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