WEAR IT: SLIPPERS
» Old jeans ( 1 or 2 pairs)
It doesn’t matter if they differ in
shade. What size jeans you’ll be
using for this project and your
shoe size determine the number of
jeans needed. For example, I used
1½ pairs of jeans (size 6) for a size
medium slipper. I also only used the
legs of the jeans. You’ll be left with
some saucy Daisy Dukes. You could
slip those on with your new-old
repurposed slippers, go outside, get
your morning newspaper, and see
» ¼ yard scrap fabric for inner lining
of sole and for button cover
» ¼ yard lightweight interfacing
This helps create a more durable and
» High-loft batting
» Heavy duty sewing machine needle
» Sewing needle
» Chopstick for gently shaping the sole
» Spool of contrasting thread
» Old buttons ( 2) to be covered
» ½"×½" Velcro ( 2 pieces) I used the
tern over and lay out and pin again on your jeans,
cutting out 2 pieces for the right foot.
4. Cut out sole lining.
Using the sole pattern, lay out and pin on your scrap
fabric for sole lining. Cut out 1 piece for the left foot.
Flip sole pattern over, lay out, and pin again. Cut
out 1 piece for the right foot. Remember to save
remnants for button covers.
5. Cut out sole batting.
Using the sole pattern, lay out, pin high-loft batting,
and cut 2 pieces. One is for the right foot and the
other for left. You do not have to flip the pattern
because the batting itself can be flipped over to use
for either foot.
6. Cut out sole interfacing.
Using the sole pattern, lay out and pin lightweight
interfacing. As with the batting, you do not have to
flip the pattern over; simply cut 4 pieces.
7. Cut out uppers.
With the remaining jean material, fold a piece in half
that will accommodate the upper pattern. Lay out,
pin upper pattern, and cut. Repeat 3 more times.
You will have 4 pieces when finished.
8. Cut out straps.
Using 2 pieces of jean material, lay out, pin strap
pattern, and cut out 2 pieces.
9. Make the soles.
Now it is time to make sandwiches. This is a nice
little trick for clean, quick soles, inside and out.
a. Take 2 of your lightweight interfacing pieces and
place one for the left foot and one for the right
(Figure A, next page).
b. Then take your high-loft batting pieces, placing
2. Deconstruct the jeans. one on top of the left foot (where you have
To deconstruct jeans, simply begin at the inside of already placed your lightweight interfacing) and
the ankle opening and cut to the crotch. There you the other on top of your right foot. You will con-
cut across to the outer seam and cut down to the tinue building on top of each, creating a sandwich
outer ankle. Do this on all 4 sides of the jeans. When effect (Figure A).
finished, you will have flat pieces of fabric that will c. Take the remaining 2 pieces of lightweight
be much easier to deal with. interfacing and place on top of left and right
sandwiches (Figure A).
1. Adjust the pattern.
The pattern (online at craftzine.com/02/wear_
slippers) simply needs to be enlarged on a copy
machine to the dimensions provided.
3. Cut out denim soles. d. Place your scrap fabric soles right side face up
Lay out and pin the sole pattern on your jeans, and on each left and right sandwich.
cut out 2 pieces for the left foot. Flip the sole pat- e. Take 2 jean soles right side face down on each