Last week I was invited along to a felt slipper making workshop by the lovely people at Loaf to celebrate the opening of their shiny new showroom in Battersea (more to come on the showroom later). I leapt at the opportunity and had a thoroughly lovely morning learning how to make these snuggly woollen slippers with thanks to the clever folk at I CAN Make Shoes.
I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive (making shoes is hard, right?!) but it was actually a surprisingly fun and easy workshop that I totally recommend.
Below are some photos I took on the day with a step by step guide to follow but if you want expert tuition I recommend booking onto a shoe making course or ordering a shoe making kit. I’ve got my eye on their leather sandal making workshop.
Step 1: Cut our your pattern pieces. We used 100% British wool for these and it does make for a very cosy slipper! You need two left feet pieces (insert your own joke here…) two right feet, a smaller piece that will act as an insole and a semi circle to go across the toes. You can buy the pattern and all the materials you will need here.
Step 2: Select your thread for the stitching (this will be visible). I chose a bright pink thread to contrast with the dark grey felt
Step 3: Place the two right feet pieces together with the insole inside, then place the toe section on top and start to stitch them together
Step 4: Continue all the way around using blanket stitch and pulling the thread tight. Leave about a 1 cm space between each stitch.
Step 5: Tie off all the threads and tuck the knots out of sight.
Step 6: Repeat the entire process for the other foot
And Ta Da! My finished slippers perching on a rather lovely bumble stool. I feel a little warm glow of pride! Such a fun make and a really good present idea too. You can buy the slipper making kit here.
*Did you read the fairytale of the The Elves and the Shoemaker when you were younger? As I cut out the woollen felt pieces to stitch together I was really reminded of that lovely little book!
Photos: Victoria Harrison