How to Make Monogrammed Fleece Slipperscomments (10) January 31st, 2009
These handmade slippers are perfect for Valentine giving—your sweetie will love them. I'm using the Homespun Slipper pattern from Favorite Things. After I finished the project, I searched their website for the pattern, then not seeing it, I checked with them. They told me that they have discontinued this pattern—happily, you can still get the Homespun pattern (and the Jiffy Grip) at Candle on the Hill. This pattern has all the sizes, so you can keep every set of toes on your Valentine's Day list toasty warm! I embroidered a monogram on the outer side front of the right slipper and a small heart on the left (to celebrate V-Day!). They are so quick and fun to make, you may be tempted to make them for all your Valentines! If you're making them for your whole family, an embroidered initial is the perfect way to identify which slippers belong to who! If you don't want to stitch a monogram, you can choose a design that reflects the personality of the feet that will be wearing them! I invite you to visit Favorite Things to check out all their patterns, especially the slippers—if you need a pair for yourself, they have a few pretty styles to choose from, like the Pitter Patter Slippers!
Here's what you'll need:
- 1/3 yard fleece (outside and foot bed of slipper)
- 1/3 yard flannel (lining for slipper)
- 1 package of Jiffy Grip (nonslip material for the soles)
- 1/3 yard Warm and Natural cotton batting (interlining)
If you're going monogram your slippers, you'll need your embroidery machine and supplies:
- Embroidery thread (I used built-in lettering for the monogram)
- Tear-away stabilizer
- Wash-away topper stabilizer such as Solvy from Sulky
- Bobbin thread
If you are going to embroider a monogram or design or both, stitch before you put your slippers together. A great time-saving tip is to cut out the piece that you will be embroidering on, hoop it up, and let it go while you cut out the rest of the pieces. I decided to stitch the monogram on the outer side of one piece. Hoop a tear-away stabilizer and use temporary adhesive spray to adhere the fabric in the hoop. If you are using fleece, put a piece of wash-away stabilizer over the fabric that will be embroidered—that really keeps the stitches from getting screwed up in the nap of the fleece!
Whenever I use a multisized pattern, I always trace the size that I will be cutting out; that way, I can make another size later.
You need to cut out a bunch of stuff to make these slippers (two of each): fleece for the foot bed, Warm and Natural for the padding under the foot bed, and some sort of nonslip material for the soles. Also cut out fleece and lining for the front and back pieces. I am using a microfleece for the lining—that eliminates the need for the Warm and Natural batting. (If you are using flannel for the lining pieces, you may want to cut out interlining pieces out of the batting to make them warmer and more stable.)
Get the soles ready—layer the fleece (right side up) on top of the Warm and Natural. The nonstick material is on the bottom of the stack, nonstick facing down.
Use temporary adhesive spray to hold all the layers together evenly, and baste around the edge.
Place the front slipper and front lining pieces right sides together and stitch between the notches.
Clip at the notches and turn the front pieces so that the wrong sides are facing each other.
Steam the curved finished edge, and baste the raw edges together.
Place the back slipper and lining right sides together, and stitch along the top edge. Press and turn so that the wrong sides are facing each other.
Fold the finished edge down at the notches. Baste to hold the folded edge down and keep the edges of the slipper and lining even.
Pin the front and back pieces together.
Sew the front to the back on both sides—the seam allowances will face the right side.
Matching all of the notches, pin the slipper to the sole. Sew all the way around the edge, trim the seam allowance to 1/8 inch, and turn your slipper right side out.
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