Taskusammakko

Taskusammakko

Posted on 04/07/2012


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Hand stitched recycled sweater felt slippers

Hand stitched recycled sweater felt slippers
I've made one set of slippers with the same pattern before and then I used my sewing machine to stitch the seams. Despite leaving generous allowances and sewing a back and forth back and forth finish to each seam the slippers started to unravel in a few months. This time I did all sewing very carefully by hand. I hope this pair won't fall apart.

The pattern is from a book called Heartfelt by Teresa Searle with lovely, colourful, folk style, embroidered felt projects, mostly accessories. Here's a link to a photogallery of some of the book's contents us.macmillan.com/heartfelt/TeresaSearle. Obviously I omitted the embroidery on these slippers. I loved the off-white color of this sweater and didn't want to mar it's beauty with any unnecessary decorations.

The felt was procuded by washing a thrifted 100% wool sweater in a washing machine cycle for cotton, water temperature 40 degrees celcius (104 F). The damp sweater was then laid out flat to dry and later cut into pieces. 40 degrees is a good temperature to start. If the sweater(s) didn't felt dense or thick enough try another round in 40 degrees cycle or change water temperature to 60 degrees (140 F). Beware though, 60 degrees can turn an adult's sweater into something smaller than an oven mitt. Don't put your clothes in with the sweater(s) - small fibres come loose and all your clothes may end up looking like you were just attacked by an especially amorous cat. If you have only one sweater to felt, put an old towel in with it, something for the sweater to bump against helps with the felting process.

Photo edited with an awesome free software called PhotoScape

FOR CRAFTING THIS ON THE GO pack the following into your sewing box: pattern pieces for the slippers, sewing thread, sewing needles, pins, small scissors.

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Hilary Neilson
Hilary Neilson
Ingenious ... I did a bit of felting once - and slippers were the best thing.
3 years ago.
Taskusammakko
Taskusammakko
Felted sweaters are indeed awesome craft material. Slippers, mittens and needle books are my favorite projects to use felted sweaters in. And I'm happy to say this pair didn't unravel, the slippers are still going strong two years on.
3 years ago.