Making fleece slippers is a fun and easy project because each slipper requires one square of fleece and fleece does not fray, so there is no need to finish off raw edges. These slippers make wonderful Christmas gifts for family and friends. Use this craft as a make it take it sewing project for a girl's sleepover or for a beginner sewing class. Sewing fleece slippers is very economical since they use so little fabric. Purchase a variety of novelty fleece prints for a pair of slippers to match any mood.
Things You'll Need
- 1/3 yard polar fleece fabric
- Measuring tape
- Pinking shears
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
- Sewing needle and thread
- 1/4 inch wide elastic
- Large safety pin
- 1/4 inch wide ribbon
Cut two pieces of the polar fleece fabric 12 inches square, using pinking shears. Lay one fleece square facing you, on your work table. Fold the left side over 3 inches and pin. Repeat for the right side. Top stitch 1 inch from each folded edge. These are the elastic casings for the sides of your slipper. Repeat for the other polar fleece square.
Fold a slipper in half with the folded edges matching and the flaps that are below the casing on the outside. Pin one short end together. Sew the pinned end using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Do not sew over the flaps or sew the casing closed. Repeat for the other slipper. This is the heel of the slipper. Note: The seam is on the outside.
Turn the slippers wrong side out. Hand sew a running stitch along the other short end, from one casing stitch line to the other. Pull up and gather the thread to create the toe of the slipper. Tack the ends together and knot. Repeat for the other slipper. Turn the slippers right side out.
Attach a safety pin to the end of the elastic. Starting at the toe of a slipper, guide the elastic through the casing, around the slipper and out the toe again. Put the slipper on your foot and adjust the elastic until it fits comfortably. Cut the elastic and stitch the ends together. Repeat for the other slipper. The elastic creates a ruffle of the flaps on the slippers.
Cut two pieces of 1/4 inch wide ribbon 12 inches long. Tie the ribbon into bows. Hand stitch the bows over the gap in the casing on the toe of the fleece slipper to cover the elastic.
- Cyndee Kromminga, Craft and Interior Designer; Kro Crafts; Winfield, Kansas
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