I’m a recent convert to Martha Stewart Living. It’s pretty great. Judge me if you will.
Last week the December holiday issue came in and I was enchanted (yes, enchanted) by this felt slipper project in the handmade gifts feature.
So cute, right? Not even considering to do this as a Christmas gift, I selfishly needed a pair of these ASAP for my own feet. I ordered the suggested 3mm felt from filzfelt.com for $20, as recommended by Martha’s peeps. This really wouldn’t work with regular craft felt. The rigidity of the thick 100% wool felt holds up the structure of the slipper.
I chose this mustard yellow color. I don’t know why. But it matches the rug in the office, apparently.
It wasn’t until I had cut out the little template pattern that I remembered something important. I’m terrible at sewing things, and I kind of hate doing it.
But I sucked it up, and just started in on the simple stitches around the edge of the cut pattern. It’s really very simple, if you’re patient and take a little extra care to keep your stitches nice and even.
By the end of the day, I had not just two, but three sewn felt slippers:
Three? Yeah, three. The first one that I made was way too small. I could kind of shoehorn my foot in there, but it gave me sausage-foot and was cutting off the circulation to my toes.
So with a zen-like calmness, I started over. And #2 and #3 came out much better-fitting. Plus that first throwaway one helped me realize the ideal length/distance for the stitches, so the second try was much neater and more even.
Before starting, I had it in my head that the contrasting thread color was the way to go. But that was before I considered my child-level sewing skillz. So in retrospect, if I had chosen a yellow or lighter colored thread, I think they’d look a little more polished, maybe a little more “handmade” and a little less “homemade”.
But I’ll tell you what… they’re cozy as all hell. Seriously, they’re super soft. And because they’re pretty snug fitting, it kind of feels like a big wooly sock.
These would be cute and easy to do in little kid sizes, but I think the pattern is a little too dainty for the mens sizes. Also, if you plan on making these, I would recommend being generous with the size of your pattern. I usually wear a size 7.5 shoe, and my first way-too-small attempt was cut according to the women’s size 8 from the printed chart on MarthaStewart.com. I don’t have unusually wide feet, but the original pattern wasn’t wide enough at all to fit me.
They are pretty slippery on the wood floors, too. There’s probably something I could put on the bottom to make them more non-slip, but I’m not sure what. I’d say you should definitely look into that if you’re doing kids’ sizes.