Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Slipper Clogs Made from Felted Sweaters

Slipper clogs made from felted sweaters...as opposed to the Felted Slipper Clogs I usually make.  I've been making the Fibre Trends Felted Slipper Clogs for quite a few years now and they are always well-received as gifts (we all LOVE them).  My parents each have two pairs and have brought them back to me a few times now so that I could put new bottoms on (from felted sweaters) since they wear them so much that they wear holes in them (yes I do accuse them of being "shufflers" and give them a hard time).  When I was repairing them yet again last month and thinking that perhaps they each needed a new pair, I thought that I should just find a way to make them - the whole slipper - out of felted sweaters, because that would be so much quicker and easier for me than knitting a whole new pair.
So...I thought I would use my Dad's upcoming birthday as a chance to try it out.  I made a pattern of what I thought the top should look like then traced the bottom of one of W's slippers to use as the slipper sole. 
I cut one top for each slipper and two bottoms each (since that is the part they always wear through I wanted to make it double thickness). 
Sewed them altogether then just slightly turned the ankle edge under (to the wrong side) to finish it off.
Then, even though I had already felted the sweaters before cutting, I threw them in the washer for a bit more felting to sort of tighten them up and finish them off. 
They came out quite nicely and I'm pleased with them.  W tried them on so I could be sure they would fit my Dad as well.  It probably only took about an hour total to make them and I think now that I've got it figured out I could make another pair in only half an hour - a big time saver for me compared to when I knit them.  We'll see if they pass the test when my Dad tries them out. If so, I'll have to tell him that now he can go ahead and shuffle to his foot's content since I can make slippers so much more quickly now.;-)

14 comments:

The Knitty Gritty Homestead said...

I lived in the Arctic and the Inuit women make "alaarktik"...essentially what you've made here, but with with a tall boot-leg. They buy their rubber boots a size too big so these liners will fit inside! The sole is sheepskin and the rest is thick wool felt, with all kinds of embroidery. I learned to make them and still have all the patterns to make every size imaginable. I made slippers for my whole family the year I was up north, and my dad wore his first pair right out. Thanks for reminding me of them. Yours are lovely.

W-S Wanderings said...

Fabulous!! I've been wanting to try my hand at making some as well, and it is so encouraging to see how beautifully yours turned out. And that it took only an hour!

Shanna said...

I have been making slippers from old sweaters for a couple years now and was getting so frustrated that the bottoms would wear out, maybe my family needs to pick up their feet? ;) I finally found a pair of suede pants at the thrift store and took apart my current slippers and made a bottom out of that. So much better plus they are not as slippery on my wood floors. I am hoping that this makes the bottoms last a bit longer then just the wool. I love your pattern, looks so much easier then the one I have been using. Love your blog too.

Sue at the Little Shack said...

Cozy and cute! Love these slippers, Heather! Next time I'm in the thrift store I'll be looking for wool sweaters to felt and make some..mine are looking pretty shabby these days. Thanks for the inspiration!

Mary-Sue said...

FANTASTIC! love them! highly recommend the suede bottoms though! all wool wears out when rubbed against hard floors. These turned out so well.

The Finicky Farmer said...

These turned out so well, Heather! Though I've been knitting for seven years, I have yet to experiment with felting. This project seems perfect, though (and I know lots of people with cold feet).

Katherine said...

Well done, Heather! Definitely faster than knitting a pair... did you use a whole sweater to make one pair?
I'm adding leather to the bottom of the clogs I just made in hopes of making them laster longer. You know how much I love wearing slippers!

I'm sure your Dad will appreciate these handsome replacements.

Jacqueline said...

They turned out great! What a good use for old wool sweaters:-) I'm sure your dad will love them!

Only in Louisiana ~ documenting the adventures we call Life! said...

Great idea....I have a sweater that was accidently "washed" ~ it shrank and felted...I haven't been able to wear it, but couldn't bear to get rid of it. Good thing I didn't! It will be the perfect thing to try this with.

daisy said...

Brilliant! I'll bet your dad just loves 'em!

jen said...

thank you so much for sharing this! i have a pile of thrift store sweaters that i have felted and i plan to make slippers for my family this christmas. thank you!

Linda Mikkelsen said...

Dear Heather
Do you have dimensions or a pdf pattern for the top of the slipper? You have quite a wide angle for the top of the slipper. Guess I could make a paper pattern for the top and give it a whirl.

Many thanks
Linda

Gary Puntman said...

These look very comfortable. I've been wanting to get some new slippers. I would love to find some made of sheep skin. It sounds like it would be so warm. http://goldenfleecefashions.com

Minnie said...

Is that booerang-shaped piece the entire top of the slipper????