HOW TO MAKE FAUX SHEEPSKIN SLIPPERS
MATERIALS Q 25cm (97/ 8") light brown faux suede Q 50cm (19 ") cream faux fur Q Pair of non-slip slipper soles (ours were from www.joestoes.co.uk) Q Cream sewing thread Q Thick cream upholstery thread Q Stranded embroidery thread in light green, dark green and peach Q Sewing needle Q Tailor’s chalk When it’s chilly and grey outside, little comforts at home become even more precious. Case in point: a pair of fluffy slippers to pad around in for a luxurious finish to the end of a long day. Sew a yourself a pair as a winter treat or make them as a Christmas gift for a pal. Did someone say hygge?
For a sturdier pair of slippers, try layering up two or three sets of soles together. And, for a cosier feel, back the faux suede pieces with faux fur before you sew them in place. Turn to page 98 for a handy embroidery stitch guide.
The front piece template on page 98 works with a size 5-6 sole. To scale it up or down, draw the front piece on paper a little larger or smaller, cut it out (without adding seam allowance) and pin to the soles, then try on the paper slippers. Adjust the pattern piece as necessary until the fit is right.
01 With the faux suede right side (RS) down, place the front piece template on page 98 (or your re-sized version) on top and draw around it with tailor’s chalk. Turn the pattern over and draw around it again, leaving 2cm ( ") in between each shape. Cut out both pieces with a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam allowance. Lay the faux fur out RS down and place the felt soles on top, also RS down. Draw around the soles, then cut out the shapes with a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam allowance. Also cut out two 40 x 8cm (15 x 31/ 8") strips from the faux fur. For larger shoe sizes, make this two 45 x 8cm (17 x 31/ 8") pieces.
02 On the front piece pattern template, measure 4.5cm (17/ 8") down from the top curved edge, mark at several points along the curve, then join these to form a curved line. Cut along this line, discarding the toe section, and use this curved strip as a new template. Place the template on the wrong side ( WS) of the faux fur and draw around it twice, then turn it over and draw around it twice again, leaving at least 2cm ( ") in between each shape. Cut these four pieces out with a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam allowance.
03 Take two of the curved strips, each with the pattern drawn the opposite way up, and pin RS together. Sew along the side and bottom outward curved edges, 1cm ( 3 /8") in, leaving the top edge open. Turn RS out. Repeat with the other pair. Lay out one of the faux suede pieces RS down, and lay one of the faux fur curved strips on top, aligning the raw edges at the bottom and with the open edge at the top. Pin and sew 1cm ( 3 /8") in from the bottom. Repeat with the other faux suede and faux fur pieces, then fold the faux fur pieces over to the RS of the faux suede so they sit on top. Pin in place.
04 Using tailor’s chalk, mark out the embroidery pattern on page 98 in
the centre of the RS of each of the faux suede pieces. When placing this, bear in mind you’ll lose 1cm ( around the outer edge when it’s sewn to the sole. Using long straight stitches and three strands of each shade, sew the fan-shaped embroidery, referring to the image as a guide to colour placement.
On each of the soles, lay out the matching piece of faux fur so it overlaps the edges evenly all the way around, RS up. Tuck the edges of the faux fur under by 1cm ( and pin all the way around.
Take one of the faux suede pieces and line up the front centre with the front centre of one of the soles, overlapping it by 1cm ( Make sure you have the correct piece for that sole so the inner and outer edges are on the correct sides as marked on the template – the inner edge is a little pointier. Begin tucking the faux suede under the faux fur, removing the pins as you go and replacing them through all the layers. Do this all the way around the faux suede piece.
Use the upholstery thread doubled to blanket stitch all the way around the sole. With sewing thread, add a few stitches to the short edges of the folded over fur strips to hold these in place. Remove any pins.
Take the long strips of faux fur cut in Step 1 and fold in half along the length with RS together. Pin and sew 1cm ( in along the long raw edge, then turn RS out. Tuck the end of one tube approximately 3cm (1 ") inside one of the slippers at the side and sew the end to secure. Sew the tube all the way around the outer edge of the back of the slipper – don’t sew all the way through the sole, just join to the faux fur lining so the stitches won’t show. Cut off any excess, leaving 3cm (1 ") to tuck inside, and sew the other end in place. Repeat Steps 6-8 for the second slipper to finish.