Free silk slippers pattern

These unisex slippers are light weight and not for heavy use. For more regular use silk is not recommended. Also the sole should be made sturdier by using for instance strong 1/4 in thick felt instead of batting.

Materials

  • Scrap fabric for the instep –  I used hand painted silk sateen
  • Scrap fabric for instep lining and sole
  • Batting for sole and instep
  • Imitation leather for sole
  • Matching bias tape

The slippers on the photo are size 38 European (check Wikipedia for a shoe size comparison).

I recommend you test first if the sole and instep will fit your feet. Print, cut around as per instructions on pattern page and place your foot on the sole. There should be ample room on each side of your foot. Place the instep (A) on your foot. Make sure it overflows the sole (B) by 1/2 inch at least all around.

If you have a different shoe size, just use the pattern to make a larger or smaller pattern bearing mind that you should have about 3/4 inch all around both pieces overflowing.

 Instructions

This is the hand painted silk for the insteps.

Instep (A): cut 2 mirror pieces of each the outside fabric, batting and lining.

Sole (B):  cut 2 mirror pieces of the imitation leather, batting and lining.

To make the sole, place the imitation leather wrong side facing up, then a piece of batting and finally the lining piece  right side up. Pin.

For the inset, place the silk fabric right side up, then place the lining right side down, and the batting on top.

Pin.

Stitch the soles at 1/4 in from edge.

Stitch the instep along the top only at 1/4 in from the edge.

Then turn silk piece over and stitch around the instep.

Top and bottom are ready.

Make small cuts as close to the stitching as possible on the curved side of the instep. This will ensure a smooth curve when turned over.

Pin instep to sole really well, particularly around corners.

Stitch at 1/4 in from the edge.

Now add the bias tape.

Stitch bias tape to the sole of the slipper.

Stitch at 1/4 in from the edge from the instep side so that you can see where stitches go and avoid stitching too much into the instep part.

Trim off any bits that stick out.

Now turn over bias, pin and hand stitch using slip stitch and matching thread.

Done!

Pink and brown coin purse tutorial


This tutorial is for a 3 1/2 in purse frame. If your frame is a different size you can adjust the pattern to suit your frame.

The pattern is very simple to draw. Decide how high you want your purse to be.

Then place the frame over a piece of paper and draw around the top of the frame and then down the sides to your desired height to form a rectangle. Add half an inch to the height as the boxing of the purse will take about 1/2 in off the height.

Trace the bottom line. You will have a rectangle.

Now just add a 1 inch gusset to each side and trace a line. Your pattern is drawn.

If you need more details you can use the instructions for Paillette evening bag which is the tutorial I followed to make my coin purse.

Materials

  • one 3 1/5 in rectangle purse frame
  • fabric scraps for the lining and the outside
  • fusible interfacing
  • embellishments

Instructions

Download Pink and brown coin purse pattern (pdf), print and cut out.

Now place the frame over the pattern.

Draw a line on each side to mark the hinge of the frame as per picture.

Lining

Now fold your fabric and draw the pattern on the fabric. Pin.

Cut around the pattern.

Make a 2 inch mark on the bottom edge. This will be open when the lining is stitched so that the purse can be turned inside out.

Make a mark on each side for the purse hinge as per picture.

Stitch around the lining from the hinge mark to the opening mark on each side.

Exterior

The outside is one single piece.

Place the pattern on the fabric fold as per picture.

Cut around top and sides of the pattern.

Make a mark on each side for the purse hinge.

Cut a piece of fusible interfacing slightly smaller than the exterior and iron it to the wrong side of the fabric.

Embellishments

Take a piece of ribbon and pin through it at large intervals to make a gathering.

Pull and make a flower with it.

Make a small stitch where the edges meet.

Cut a piece of ribbon and stitch it to the outside just below the hinge mark.

Fold with right sides facing together.

And stitch on both sides up to the hinge mark as per picture.

To box the bottom of the purse, open the corner as per picture and make a mark at 1 inch.

Stitch along the mark.

Now you can box the lining as well in the same way.

The lining and exterior bags are done.

Turn the outside piece inside out. Leave the lining as is.

Place the outside piece inside the lining as per picture.

Pin well all around the top opening.

Stitch at 1/8 in from the edge.

Turn the bag inside out through the  lining opening.

Pin along the opening in the lining and stitch.

Attach the flower.

Add the buttons.

Stitch the frame to the purse with some matching stranded cotton.





Make a quilt: 17 free tutorials of my quilts

In this post I’m putting together a number of the quilts I have learned with and the techniques I’ve experimented with. You will find traditional quilts along side improv patchwork and textured quilts.

Improv quilts

Improv/free form quilt series

Each of these six blocks are in themselves a mini quilt and could be turned into a larger quilt as well.

Semi-improv 9-patch quilt tutorial

A traditional block taken a step further by splicing it and rearranging it into making a different block.

Improv patchwork back of quilt

This is a good way to get into improv quilting. Just make a strip of random pieces of fabric stitched together.

Improv patchwork Christmas back of quilt

Doing an improv back of a quilt is a way to loosen up after you complete a highly structured quilt like the zig zag quilt on the other side of this back of quilt.

Free form, free motion patchwork trial

This mini quilt was my first attempt at free form or improv patchwork. It is done in a kind of log cabin way from the inside out.

 

Free form patchwork mini quilt – visual creative process

I liked my first free form mini quilt so much I made a second one. This time the quilt is assembled out of different pieces.

 

Textured quilts

Textured 4-patch quilt tutorial (16 textures)

Some traditional and some new textures in this quilt.

Textured quilt sampler (25 textures)

Most textures in this quilt are traditiona such as pin tucks, shirring, pleats but also there are more uncommon fabric manipulations such as fabric origami.

 Charm pack quilts

“Doubly charming” charm pack quilt tutorial

Made with charm packs this is a very quick but beautiful quilt .

“Doubly charming” charm pack back of quilt tutorial

Made with the left over charms, this back of quilt could very well be a quilt top on its own.

Disappearing nine patch quilt

This is a very easy quilt made with charm squares. The fabric is also beautiful.

Disappearing nine patch variation quilt top

Disappearing nine patch was fun to do so I made a second one using a variation of the block using the same charm packs. I think the prairie points make this quilt look girly and cute.

Père-Noël zigzag quilt tutorial

This zigzag quilt comes with a twist: it uses rectangles to make the zigzag lines. Very easy to do and finished with some embroidery touches.


Scrappy quilts

Wonky log cabin tutorial

Use bright fabrics to make this quilt more fun and add to the wonkiness.

 


Sampler quilt

A traditional quilt made with fat quarters though it could well be made with fabric scraps. I made this quilt because I wanted to improve my patchwork skills. I think it worked.


Coin quilt

You don’t know what to do with all those fabric scraps in your scrap bin? Make a coin quilt. Try different colour combinations, even alternating white and colour rectangles, different thickness, etc for a different look.

Paper pieced scrappy flower hexagon quilt

This quilt is in progress and a long term project where I can use all the small scraps from other projects.

I have made a couple more quilts, including my biggest project: Farmer’s wife quilt sampler but this sample should be enough to choose from.