DIY Summer Slippers

When I'm in the house, my feet HAVE to be cozy. Most of the year I wear socks but it gets to be a little warm in these parts and I needed a house slipper that could get me through the heat! These easy little slips are perfect for the summer months because they are light and airy. They are super easy to make and can probably be fashioned from scraps that you already have in your fabric stash! 

MATERIALS: 

- Fabric for the top, lining, and sole. Regular quilting cotton will work for these slippers, but you could also use a linen or a lightweight canvas. The pieces can be made from the same fabric or mix-n-match! It amounts to about a quarter yard of fabric in all. 

- Fabric for the base. If you have a carpeted house you are probably fine just using the same fabric you used for the body of your slips. If you want grip on the bottom, a quick Google search for "Dotted Non Slip Fabric" will get you what you're looking for. 

- Extra wide bias tape

- 1/4 Yard of Flex Foam (a fusible foam interfacing from Pellon). You could try using a thick quilt batting here, or maybe craft foam (if you think your sewing machine will stitch through it).

1/4 Yard of Peltex. You could try using a light cardboard here instead.

- The pattern. Which you can download here. Note: This is a general mid size. It is suitable for a women's shoe size 7-9.5. If you don't fit into that range, you can lengthen or shorten the slippers along the lines provided. You can also try tracing a pair of your slippers or flip flops and then using the upper pattern piece as a guide for the shape that you need.  

PREP:

  1. Download your template.  
  2. Cut your fabric and interfacing
  3. If using fusible interfacing: fuse Flex Foam to upper pieces, and soles. Fuse Peltex to base pieces.

SEWING:

1. With wrong sides together, baste stitch your upper piece to your upper lining around edges. Repeat on other side.

2. Pin and attach bias tape to top piece. Repeat on other side.

3.  Wrong sides together, baste sole and base piece together. Repeat on other side.

4. Pin upper piece to base, wrong sides together, matching notches. This takes a bit of wrestling. Don't be afraid of a little bunching around the toes.

6. Stitch. Repeat on other side. Make sure you don't make two left feet!

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7. Pin bias tape in place all the way around the slipper toe to heel. Stitch it in place. If you want this to be really neat, I suggest hand stitching it. Repeat on other side! 

8. Trim away any loose threads, and you are DONE! Do a little dance around your house to make sure they work.