***Disclaimer: This is my first tutorial so please bear with me as I begin to figure out what I’m doing. I apologize ahead of time for the crappy picture quality. My camera is on its last leg and I’m still waiting on the Mother’s Day Fairy (He is rather hairy for a fairy…) to swoop in with an amazing replacement! I also realize now that photographing against a navy background was probably not the best plan, but since the fabric I used is shiny it seemed like a good idea at the time.***
Dancing Princess Slippers
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First grab a copy of my pattern and paste it into a blank Word document so that you can adjust the size of the template. The original size is based on Tiny Tart’s size 5 baby shoe but I have added a little room so it is closer to a size 5 girl’s shoe. If you need any other size you can either stretch/shrink it in Word or print it as is and add/remove evenly around the pattern with a ruler until you have the desired size.
Measure your child’s foot against the sole pattern just to verify the sizing. Since there is no left and right make sure that you measure against both feet. (Tiny has one foot a little bigger than the other so I just went with the larger one. It’s just for dress-up so it doesn’t need to be perfect.) If you have to make any major adjustments to the shape of the sole, just fold the pattern in half and mark the center at the toes and heel. Then match the mark with the center of the upper and match up the edges working from toe to heel to make sure that the shoe sides won’t be too long/short. Transfer these center marks to the pieces of fabric when you cut them out.
When you have the pattern situated to your liking go ahead and cut out 4 uppers and 6 soles to make 1 pair of shoes. (I highly suggest cutting out 1 upper and 1 sole out of scrap or muslin and sewing them together in order to check that you have the sizing right.) Because I used a slippy taffeta fabric I fused all pieces, but it you are using plain cotton you should only have to fuse 1 upper and 2 soles for each shoe (or none at all. It depends on your fabric, the size, and also your preferences.
When everything is cut out, place 2 soles right sides together (1 fused and 1 plain) and stitch around the edge at 1/4 inch leaving a gap along one of the straight sides. (From yellow pin around to the other yellow pin in the picture below.) Clip the curves and turn the soles right side out.
Iron the soles flat and fold the edges of the hole inside so they are even with the stitched edge. Now you can either edge stitch around like the picture below or blind stitch the hole closed by hand. You now have a finished insole for your slipper.
Now for the shoe itself. Place 2 uppers right sides together and stitch (1/4 inch) along the inside curve.
Clip the curve and flip the the wrong sides together making sure to
press the seam thoroughly.
Open the back edges and match up the two sides to form a “loop”.
Pin the edges making sure to line up the seam in the center and stitch across.
Fold the wrong sides back together again and press the newly stitched heel area flat. Now matching the center marks at the toe and the heel with the seam pin the upper to a fused sole piece. This can be a bit fussy, but if you put a pin at the toe and then the heel and then move back and forth when placing the rest of the pins the straight side tends to match up more easily.
Stitch around the outside edge going very slowly along the heel area. If the heel bunches up too much you may have to turn the wheel on your sewing machine one stitch at a time while you fold the fabric first towards you and then away.
Now clip the curves at the toe and heel (you may need to trim some away depending on the size you are making) and turn the slipper right side out. Pop in the insole and glory in your new slipper!
Add ribbons, bows, lace, beads, or flowers to decorate your cool new shoes. You can even attach laces and make “ballet” slippers. (I glued the ribbon to the bottom of the insole then I can replace it with a plain insole and still use the slippers without the laces.
And if you have an extra “graceful” little princess, go ahead and make
some puffy paint designs on the bottom for extra gripper power!
I hope this has been clear and is helpful, but if I have made any mistakes or you have any questions, please feel free to comment or e-mail me and I will do my best to answer you or fix the problem. If you do somehow successfully make a pair of slippers from my ramblings above I would love to see them! Good Luck and thanks for visiting!
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#61 – Slipper Tutorial
(Hey, if learning to make a blog counts, my 1st tutorial should too!