Tilly’s Snuggly Slipper Set: The 3rd ‘Make’ of Christmas!

🎵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! 🎵

Cozy Connoisseur

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 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! 

Frightful Weather Approved

Our Snuggly Slipper Kits are available in four, comfy options:

  • Blue Plaid Flannel & Graphite Sherpa
  • Sable Taos Flannel & Carob Sherpa
  • Green Melton Wool & Graphite Sherpa
  • Burgundy Wool & Carob Sherpa

These two Sherpas are SO cozy and were largely this inspiration for these kits. The Faux Sherpa Knit in Dark Carob is silky and lustrous – we want to line more than just slippers with this fabric – while the Designer Sherpa Fleece in Charcoal comes from THE cold weather outfitter – Carhartt.

Travel to the depths of Ranchland, Montana and you’re sure to find a Carhartt clad cowgirl getting the job done no matter how frightful the weather may be. A cozy inner fabric deserves an equally cozy outer fabric to match.

So, we selected two Robert Kaufman flannels and two Melton wools for this cozy purpose and they certainly fit the bill!

Remnant Revival

As you can see from the picture above, my booties weren’t made using any of the aforementioned combos. Instead, I opted to delve into our plentiful stash of Confident remnants for this pair. We try to use remnants to test fun little sewing projects like this whenever possible.

Constructive Instructions

Materials gathered, I was ready to go!

Tilly’s clear instructions held me in good stead. The first boot went pretty quickly and sewing my second boot only took an hour! Tilly does a fantastic job including photos to clarify any confusion along the way. The sizing is on the small side and I found the slippers to be a bit narrow. So 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. 

On the downside, this pattern maxes out at a women’s size 9 or 9 1/2. If you want to make them for someone with feet larger than this, I recommend minimizing the seam allowance as much as possible and using a knit for your both your interior and exterior fabrics. We have several new Designer Knit Wools that would pair well with the previously mentioned designer knit Sherpas.

I don’t necessarily recommend trying to increase the size beyond that of the large view, unless you have a background in pattern drafting (or an over-developed sense of self-confidence!). Better to let your fabric do the stretching for you. 

Wonderful Wadding

I recently discovered how amazing Annie’s Soft N Stable by the yard 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. 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.

With four, comfy kits available, you can stitch up a pair to gift, or you can give the gift of making to those who – like me – are constantly looking to make their life a little cozier! And of course – let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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