I used to have a lovely sweater. Until I washed it without looking at the instructions (lesson learnt). Then I had a cropped sweater that wasn’t quite as comfortable. So I made it into earmuffs for my hat, and then these wonderful, cosy, mustard yellow slipper socks!
I sort of draped these. Meaning, I stuck my foot inside the remaining sleeve and pinned round the bottom of my foot. Then I traced that onto paper to get the pattern you see above. The CB seam didn’t match so I trued it and added 1cm seam allowances. For the sole, I just drew around my foot onto paper. The seams aren’t the same length, but sweaters are stretchy, so I eased them to match. (Shh! I’m new to footwear!)
Anyway, I made a method for making a pattern so you can just draft your own. Because pattern cutting is fun. And so is maths. So, you’ll need a few measurements…
a) Around your heel and in-step (on me, 28cm-ish)
b) Length of foot (22cm)
c) Around the balls of your feet (for drafting the sole, if you’re not just going to draw around your foot).
d) length/height of slipper sock (30cm approx.)
This is the draft:
I did this clean version in Adobe Illustrator. (I wish they were paying me to say that, especially now my student discount has expired.) It looks almost exactly like a sleeve pattern, curiously enough.
How to Draft a Slipper Sewing Pattern
- Draw a big cross on the centre of your paper. Label the intersection A.
- A-B = a / 2 [14cm]
- A-C = A-B
- From B and C, swing a line to touch the vertical axis, measuring b – 1cm. Mark D.
- Divide B-D and C-D into 4 segments.
- On line B-D, mark E 3cm out from the top segment, and F 1cm in from the bottom segment.
- On line C-D, mark G 1cm in from the bottom segment, and H 1.5cm out from the top segment.
- Draw a smooth curve from C-G-H-D-E-F-B as shown.
- I and J are 2cm in from the lines coming down from C and B respectively.
- Join I and J with C and B with curved lines. The corners at C and B should be right angles (90°).
- Clean up your pattern and add seam allowances everywhere except on line I-J.
I was going to do a method for drafting the sole, but it’s really just easier to draw around your foot.
You’ll notice that pattern says “Cut 2 Pairs.” I like thick soles (and I cannot lie) on my slippers. Squishy ones are more fun to wear. So I doubled them up.
How to Sew Your Slipper Socks
- Sew the CB seam, RS together. Finger press open.
- Pin one sole to each slipper, RS together. Stitch all the way around with a 1cm seam allowance.
- Pin the next sole onto the slipper (still with the inside out) and hand sew on with overstitches. This is easier and neater than zig-zag stitching on.
- Turn RS out and apply to your foot.
- Dance around on wooden floors and scream “wheeeee!” as you slide about.
As I’ve already shrunken these (in their previous life as a sweater) I think I can wash these with confidence, with their older cousins which I made from socks, not half as neatly. Why not have half a dozen pairs of these squidgy little wonders? Or make some for your friends and family? If I still lived at home (and had any way of getting there affordably) I’d make Mum some (especially as she has water retention and can’t get shoes to fit).
I wonder if I could make actual shoes? I’d just need something more hardwearing for the soles…..
PS. Please share your makes! Leave links in the comments, or tag me on Instagram or FB! 😀