Diving into DIY fabric slippers, I quickly learned that a quality slipper pattern is more elusive than one might think! The internet is rife with knitted slipper patterns, but sewn slipper patterns are much harder to come by. I made Tilly And The Buttons’ free slipper boot pattern and have some tips to share!
🎵Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! 🎵
The Perfect Sewn Slipper Pattern
A cozy day by the fire always conjures an image with a few key elements: a steaming mug filled with your drink of choice, a heavy blanket to burrow in, and a cozy outfit from the hat on your head to the slippers on your feet.
As an aficionado of all things cozy, I was eager to begin my quest for the perfect sewable slipper pattern. I knew I could knit or crochet myself a pair of slippers. However, I also knew my average turnaround time on knit or crochet goods would not satisfy my currently cold toes!
Diving into DIY fabric slippers, I quickly learned that a quality slipper pattern is more elusive than one might think! The internet is rife with knitted slipper patterns, but sewn slipper patterns are much harder to come by. Fortunately, before too long, I stumbled upon Tilly and The Buttons’ quick, easy, and – best of all – FREE Snuggly Slipper Boot pattern!
With holiday-makers on my mind at The Confident Stitch, I created the Tilly’s Snuggly Slipper Kit to include all the materials necessary to make these slippers! Whether you want to make a pair for yourself or impress a loved one, these kits have everything you need to make a cozy pair of DIY sewn slippers.
Frightful Weather Approved
Our Snuggly Slipper Kits are available in three color options:
- Gray Melton Wool & Blue Sherpa
- Bordeaux Melton Wool & Enviro Repreve Fleece in Rose
- Green Melton Wool & Enviro Repreve Fleece in Blue Gray
The first iteration of these kits, released in 2020, used one fabric for the entire exterior. I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve my makes for the next time around and I knew a sturdier bottom was much needed.
Wanting something that could stand up to being stood on, I opted for our Big Sur Canvas in Black from Robert Kaufman to be included in each kit. A hefty 9.6 oz per sq yard, this fabric won’t add extra bulk to your seams but will help your slippers stand the test of time.
Materials gathered, I was ready to go! Tilly’s clear instructions held me in good stead. It took only about 1.5 hours to make both slippers! Tilly does a fantastic job including photos to clarify any confusion along the way.
The sizing is on the small side (maxing out a women’s 9) and also a bit narrow. I recommend using a 3/8″ seam allowance (rather than 5/8″) when sewing around the sole of the foot if you have wide feet.
Never fear if you are wanting to make a pair of larger men’s slippers, you can easily make a few modifications to accomplish this.
- I recommend minimizing the seam allowance as much as you are comfortable.
- You can use a knit fabric for both your interior and exterior fabrics.
- If you’re a Top Stitcher (lots of sewing experience), you can use the free pattern pieces to trace an even larger footprint.
Don’t forget though – increasing one pattern piece will mean you need to increase them all! So unless you have a background in pattern drafting (or a well-developed self-confidence!) better to let your fabric do the stretching for you. If you do opt to size up the entire pattern, I recommend tailoring the curvature along your toes to avoid a square foot!
I recently discovered how luxurious Annie’s Soft N Stable foam is! It just might be my new favorite ‘wadding,’ as Tilly would say. I first used it to give my Klum House Fremont Bag some structure and it went through my machine with such ease! If you’re looking for a little extra cushion under your feet, cut a second pair of soles to insert. Heck – add as many layers as you want! These slippers are made for your comfort, so make them squish to your liking!
Speaking of cushion, make sure to trim your seam allowance as you go. Layering these cozy fabrics together does cause a moderate amount of bulk. If you are comfortable grading your seams, feel free to do so (here’s an awesome tutorial for grading). With the help of our favorite Big Jig Seam Jumper, my home sewing machine had no problem handling these layers.
In Snuggly Summation
I really enjoyed working with these fabrics and Tilly’s well thought out (and did I mention free?) Snuggly Slipper Boot Pattern. These slippers have become a staple in my cozy wardrobe. They are warm enough to wear on a chilly morning, yet soft enough to cozy up on the couch with.
Make someone’s life a little cozier this holiday season with our three slipper kits available for purchase. And of course – let it snow, let it snow, let it snow![activecampaign form=5]