Friday, June 25, 2010

Warm and Fuzzy Felt Slippers




Add a touch of warmth to your winter with these felt house slippers from Homelife. Felt is traditionally a non-woven fabric, formed when wool or fur is subjected to heat, moisture and pressure or agitation. Soap helps the felting process, as heat and moisture cause the outer scales along the wool’s fibres to open, while soap allows them to slide easily over one another and become irreversibly entangled.

Felt is still an important fabric in many parts of the world, especially in areas with harsh climates. In Mongolia, nomads live in felt tents, while in Turkey, rugs, hats and other items are made of felt. Nomadic tribes in Asia use felt for tent coverings, rugs and blankets, and in Scandinavia and Russia, felt boots are produced and widely used.

What you will need:



• Slipper template – download the base and upper template - then photocopy and adjust to fit your foot size, allowing for a 1.5cm seam allowance
• Industrial-grade felt (ours is a dark grey felt from Felt Distribution)
• Fabric scissors
• Fabric pencil
• Wool
• Upholstery needle
• An old newspaper

Instructions:



• Place the template on to the felt and cut out pieces. Soak felt pieces overnight in water - this will loosen the fibres, and make it easier to sew the slippers together by hand.

• Use your fabric pencil to make dots at 20mm intervals around each slipper's sole piece, 10mm in from the edge (these points mark the places your needle should sew through).

• Thread wool on to your needle and begin sewing sole and top of one slipper together, starting at the front and working towards the heel on both sides.



• Once you have sewn to the heel, continue up the heel seam in a zig-zag pattern. Repeat with remaining slipper pieces. Stuff shoes with newspaper to help retain their shape then set aside to dry.

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