Sew Slippers Easy Sewing Projects

Comfy, cozy, chic and stylish. Your slippers not only cover your feet but can give you a lift in spirits on cold mornings when the alarm clock conspires to damper your mood.

Whether you are a novice or expert seamstress, with or without sewing machine, slippers are a fun and easy project to tackle in one evening. They also make a great personalized gift.

Your first step in making slippers is to choose fabric. If you are looking for just the right expression of your personality, check out your local fabric store and wade through the bolts for the perfect swatch. If you are on a tighter budget, or just like to be green, consider upcycling a towel, bathrobe or other tatty piece of clothing.

The simplest type of slipper to make is an open toed slip on. For this style slipper, you will need a half a yard of fabric, plus batting or fill for padding. You might select contrasting cotton and silk to make a pretty toe holder that pops from the slipper sole. Its recommended to use a machine washable fabric that you can toss in with the laundry. Cotton prints work great, or you can try a polyester fleece or twill like cotton.

Trace your foot out on a sheet of paper to make a simple pattern. Cut out the shape of each foot on folded fabric (so you have two pieces per foot) with a half an inch around the edges. Turn your pieces facing inside out, and sew along the top, bottom and the bottom/heel part of each side.

Cut a one inch wide double folded piece about a foot long. This will be your toe holder. Sew along open edge so it makes one strip.

Next, you can turn your slipper sole inside out, slip in the padding, and align your toe strip so that the two ends can be sewn into the bottom toe portion of your sole leaving about a half an inch at the top for your toes to pop out. You might consider making these stitches have thick exterior nubs for traction on the sole.

Sew neatly closed. To make it look really pro, think about adding a ribbon or trim around your seam, or add embellisments to your toe.

There are lots of other great patterns for slippers online and vary in terms of level of difficulty. I recommend finding some felt and making yourself a proto-type for more difficult slippers before you committ with expensive fabric. Otherwise, modify by making a long half inch strip of fabric for your heel and cover the full toe with a foot wide piece of doubled fabric.