My first bit of personal sewing during the pandemic was a pair of slippers. It seemed as different to a face mask as I could imagine. I reluctantly made a one-person production line of masks for ‘out there’, and slippers were as much of an …
This has been my first pandemic. Two and a half months passed before I could make something for myself. At first I was too numb. My brain, numb to thoughts, bruised by the incoming news from every app, message and web page served up by …
After my recent minor successes with the sewing machine after having made a few bags I have branched out into new territory and have decided to have a go at making slippers. I have actually treated myself to a few patterns for making fabric slippers, but decided to start with what looked the easiest and make a pair of Kimono style slip-ons.
If you discount the layers that form the outer and lining pieces of this pattern, it is essentially formed of just two pieces – the outer/upper and the sole, though for some reason (perhaps for the purposes of being able to use a smaller piece of fabric) the upper is created from two pieces with a seam up the back of the heel. If you wanted, you could easily cut this piece from a longer single piece of fabric.
Unlike the other slipper/footwear patterns that I have purchased, the lining of the sole for these kimono slippers is not joined into the main shell of the shoe, but instead inserted once the show is complete. I decided to use some more of the trusty Ikea fleece blanket to line the shoe upper and ask form the sole lining, and to add comfort I sandwiched two pieces together and sewed a few diagonal parallel lines to give a nice cushioned feel – I guess it is a bit like quilting (one of the dark arts which I have not yet tried).
I am not all too worried about any fine finishing on this pair as they were made of scrap fabric as a prototype, to make sure that I could get the sizing right (as it happens they are a smidgen too loose, so I will take this into account what I make any future pairs), but apart from this I am pretty impressed with how they turned out and they are extremely comfortable.
I may add an elastic strap to help these stay on my feet for the time being, turning them into kimono slippers with a little Mary Jane styling, which will perfectly match the handbag that the majority of this fabric was originally used for, because who doesn’t want to coordinate their slippers to their handbag?
If you would like to make your own pair of kimono slippers the pattern is available for $6 from iThinkSew. It’s in PDF format so you’ll need to print and assemble the pieces, but as there are so few of them this shouldn’t be a problem, and the pattern contains pieces for 6 different sizes as well as a full tutorial on how to put the pieces together. The pattern is so quick and easy that they’d also make perfect quick and inexpensive gifts, invaluable qualities at this time of year.