How to Make Monogrammed Fleece Slippers

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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Instead of embroidering the center front of these slippers, I decided to stitch the  monogram (and a little Valentine heart) on the outer sides. 
Here is a close-up of the embroidery. Using a wash-away stabilizer on the top of the fleece really keeps the stitches from sinking into the nap.
If you were wondering about how big you can make these slippers, I wear a mens size 9.5 (running shoe)...look how much more room there is. (Im guessing they will fit feet up to size 11 without any adjustments.)
Instead of embroidering the center front of these slippers, I decided to stitch the  monogram (and a little Valentine heart) on the outer sides. 

Instead of embroidering the center front of these slippers, I decided to stitch the  monogram (and a little Valentine heart) on the outer sides. 

Photo: Jen Stern
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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!

Embroider Monogram   Remove all of the stabilizer before you start to put the slippers together.

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.

Trace pattern in the size you need   Remember to transfer all the notches to the traced pattern pieces.

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.)

Here are all the pieces embroidered, cut out and ready to go   Cut out all of your pieces.

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.

Assemble the soles   Layer the pieces for the soles.

Use temporary adhesive spray to hold all the layers together evenly, and baste around the edge.

baste the layers together   After you baste the soles together, trim the edges even.

Place the front slipper and front lining pieces right sides together and stitch between the notches.

Sew the center front edge   Stitch between the notches of the front pieces.

Clip at the notches and turn the front pieces so that the wrong sides are facing each other.

Clip notches   Clip at the notches.

Steam the curved finished edge, and baste the raw edges together.

turn to the right side and baste layers together   Here's how the front pieces look after they are sewn and basted 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.

Sew across top edge of back pieces   Stitch along the top edge of the back slipper and lining.

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.

Turn to right side, fold top edge down and baste in place   Fold the finished edge down at the notches and baste.

Pin the front and back pieces together.

Sew front piece to back piece on each side   Pin the front and back.

Sew the front to the back on both sides-the seam allowances will face the right side.

Here is how it looks pinned together   On both sides, sew the front and back together.

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.

pin finished top to the sole   The right sides of the slippers will face the nonslip side of the sole.


another view of slippers pinned together to sew   After you pin the slipper to the sole, peek inside to make sure you can see the nonslip material-if you see the foot bed, you have them pinned on wrong!


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Comments (12)

teariana writes: Homespun slippers

This is a verified link as of January 24, 2014

Cost $8

I would make these with wool fleece as lining for maximum comfort and warmth. Also, I like "Favorite Things" fabric choices better as well. Depends on how homespun you want them to look.
Posted: 2:35 am on January 25th
perendales writes: I did an internet search and came up with the original company which no longer carries this pattern. That is Candle on the Hill. The other company, New Leaf Patterns, only sells wholesale however the pattern is not there either. It is really a cute slipper. If someone comes up with the pattern, I hope that they share it.
Posted: 6:52 pm on January 24th
DreamrKate writes: Wow......I couldn't figure out how to get the pattern either, but I'm going to try to make it myself. I've got three sons and a husband so I'll just use one of their feet and draw the pattern. I mean, really, how hard can it be?
We'll see how it goes.
Posted: 2:42 pm on October 28th
sdkeywords writes: Women's slippers can be found at almost any store most of the time. The truth of the matter is that when a woman comes home after a long day they need to get comfortable and put their worn out feet into a soft pair of comforting ladies slippers. Nike Slippers
Posted: 3:46 am on October 18th
NannieT writes: This tutorial is a year old and the original site (Candle on the hill)no longer has this pattern and the newleafpatterns appears to only be a wholesale distributor. Does anyone know of another source for this pattern or for one that is very close to this style? Retail is good, free would be better. Any help/info greatly appreciated.
Posted: 8:04 am on January 9th
Posted: 6:41 pm on November 17th
JenniferStern writes: Thanks Cal!
Posted: 9:19 am on February 19th
CalPatch writes: oh, these are really cool, and i love that they work for guys too. the fleece you used almost looks like suede which gives them a moccasin vibe. i'll have to get this pattern; i love slippers!
Posted: 10:47 am on February 11th
JenniferStern writes: Here is another website that carries the Homespun Slipper Pattern. I love it because it looks great on men and women--it's definitely worth picking up while you still can.

I hope that helps.
Posted: 10:40 am on January 31st
JenniferStern writes: Here is another website that also carry Homespun Slippers from Favorite Things--If you like the style, it's well worth picking up while you still can. (I like it because it looks great on men and women)
Posted: 10:37 am on January 31st
JenniferStern writes: Hi Betty, The pattern is readily available at the Candle on the Hill, simply click the link above. Sorry for any confusion.
Posted: 10:28 am on January 31st
BettyBat writes: It seems like Craftstylish has spent a lot of time and effort telling us about a pattern that is not readily available.
Posted: 10:14 am on January 31st
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