|Mom and Daughter Slippers. Pattern and Yarn Details at end of post.|
Step-by-Step Slipper Construction and Finishing
1. After you have decided on your pattern and yarn, CHECK YOUR GAUGE! You really can't skip this step for any item that is meant to be worn (or fit something else like a tea pot!)
2. Go ahead and make your 2 extra soles, leaving some long, long tails so you can slip-stitch them on later. The 'soles' part of the pattern may not be marked 'THESE ARE THE SOLES' but you can probably tell by where there's either a color change or you are to crochet in the back loops or some other part or simply where you first start crocheting without any increases. If the pattern you are using already has you making 2 layers for the soles, then this step is already covered!
4. Paint the bottoms of your slipper soles (I like the Right Side of the stitching to show- it's the prettiest!) or otherwise prepare them to be non-slip. I like dots, mostly, but I have also done donuts or stripes, hearts, pretty much whatever tickles my fancy at the moment. There's no wrong way to do this as long as you make sure you have plenty of paint at the heel and at the toe of the shoes.
Note: You can also save this to the end, if you want, but using some wine bottles or other as easels to hold your slippers in place. I find it easier to paint evenly and neatly with the soles on a flat surface. Remember you need to stitch into the edges later, so don't paint those! For some methods of non-slip, it may be better to wait until the slipper is completely assembled. Plan ahead!
Warning: It takes about 24hrs for Puff Paint to dry completely. Sitting it out in the sun is a good idea- just be sure to pin them down to something if it's windy!
6. Use your sole template to cut the felt. I went ahead and drew a dotted line on mine to give me an idea of how much I would need to trim it down, since obviously the inside of the shoe is not as big as the outside of the sole you traced. I had to cut the felt down just a little bit more to get it to fit neatly.
7. You can go ahead and cut your layers of foam at this point, especially if your worktable is as much a jungle as mine and you may lose your template later. These also needed to be trimmed just a little, but mostly so they would all match. You will want them to be snug in the center of the sandwich so they don't slip around on each other- and you will also not want any sharp corners that will poke through.
9. Once your painted soles are completely dry, sandwich your layers of slipper, foam, then sole with the painted side out (of course) and use that long, long tail you left to slip-stitch the two soles together. You will probably find it easiest to stitch about half of it before sliding the foam layers into place. Make sure they are all matched up and straight in there and finish slip-stitching around to close. They may not want to go in easily- just keep wiggling and pushing with your fingertips to get them into place. Slip-stitch from the top looking down because that part of the slip-stitch is prettiest! And slip-stitch through as many layers/loops as you can without it looking strange. The stronger the hold the better. Sew any remaining ends VERY WELL.
Dryer warning! Because of the foam board in there, you really need to dry them on low heat OR just let them air dry. I've tested them in my own dryer even on the hottest setting without any melting, but all dryers are different. Even without melting, they did feel dangerously hot. Better safe than sorry. Plus, you don't want all your hard work to be ruined the first time they are washed!
Come back next week for Days 3 and 4 where I will discuss substituting a single-layer slipper sole onto double-layer slippers and enlarging an existing pattern to fit a bigger foot!
Pattern: Galilee Slippers by Mamachee Crochet Patterns - made in sizes toddler 7/8* and women 7/8.
Yarn: Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn Medium Acrylic in Peacock, Aqua, Menthe, and Limelight
Felt: Hobby Lobby Item #894311 - two sheets
Foam Sheets: Dollar Store purchase of 10 multi-color pack - 2 thicknesses for toddler, 4 for women's
Puff Paint: Puffy Paint by Tulip in Turquoise
*I sized down on the hook on the toddler shoes so they would fit my granddaughter that is just going into a size 7 now, They will fit her all winter, hopefully!