Today though, I had a bit of time to play around in the sewing room.
So, our town is a little strange. I'm not sure if it is like this in other places that have long cold winters, but when we first moved here I was really confused. If you live here, you take your shoes off everywhere. At the Dr.'s office, at the hairdresser's....really almost any place other than the grocery store or shopping (which we have very little of). We have snow at least 6 months out of the year, and with that lots of water and slush gets tracked in everywhere. The no shoes rule makes sense, but was a little weird to get used to. Coming from a city, at first I was scared someone would take my shoes. Now I don't think twice about leaving my boots at the door, but there is one thing about it that still really bothers me. Stained dirty socks. Even leaving your boots at the door, you're in a public place and the floors aren't clean. My kids were trashing socks like crazy. So I started my own rule. They had to wear slippers when we were out. Off goes their boots, on go the "out and about" slippers.
So these aren't the "out and about" slippers. It's probably hard to see where I'm going with this long drawn out story. Here is where I'm going..... yesterday we had a Dr appointment. When I pulled out Little Dude's slippers he said to me "Mama, me no yike dese brown swippers." When I proceeded to put them on his feet he decided to freak out in true 2yr old fashion. It wasn't a battle I was emotionally prepared to face in that moment, so I let it go and let him jump sock feet and all in the puddle that had formed by the boot rack. As we walked to the examining room he sighed and said "Me yike Maggie and beast bunny swippers."
Later as I recounted this story to my husband, our oldest explained to me that Maggie had bunny slippers on the last episode they had watched. So then I thought, bunny slippers Little Dude will get, and of course so will the girls or they will whine.
I had a few challenges as my kiddos are definitely no longer three months old. They gave me a good idea of where to go with the pattern. Click on the PDF and save yourself two hours of trying to create slippers and just sew them. I do apologize, my kids aren't babies anymore and I'm not an experienced pattern drafter. So what you will find are only two sizes. You will find what I am going to call a 4/5 (my girls wear a shoe size of 10/11), and a 2 (Little Dude is going into a 7). Hopefully for some of you these will be perfect, and hopefully some of you can work with what I have and make them smaller/larger.
Link to PDF
What you will need:
- Lining fabric
- Main fabric
- Buttons or felt or knit scraps
- Fabric adhesive spray
- 1/4 inch elastic
- Sewing machine and all that stuff
Please not: You should use fabrics that will not fray as there will be edges that will be unfinished.
Using the pattern pieces in the PDF file cut as described. You should have what you see above, other than you should have 8 bunny ears out of the main fabric, not 4. Also, I forgot to add seam allowance to the bunny ear piece so cut about 1/4 inch larger on all sides than the piece is.
Please note: I used a thick no pill fleece to line my slippers and used a thick faux suede for my main fabric. If you are using thinner materials you should cut your pattern pieces slightly smaller. Especially the foot pieces, cut them narrower to accomodate your fabric choices. I had to make a couple of test slippers before these to make them a good fit for my fabrics and my kiddos and these are my final pieces based on my fabric choices.
Right sides together, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew the toe of your slipper to the sole as shown. To make this easier mark the midpoint of your toe, and sole. Match up and then pin all around before sewing. We are going to use bigger seam allowance as this makes it easier to make sure you don't miss any layers.