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.
- 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).
- Download free slipper pattern size 38 European (2 pages – pdf – 3MB)
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.
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.
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.