|crocodile style down slippers|
1. Start with a pair of really stinky down boots destined for bin (3 years or so of foot pong and worn down soles optional). Wash slippers.
|much loved worn stinky down bootles|
|down trying not to stay in box|
4. You need inner lining fabric (leftover from the patch jacket), stretch fleecy outer fabric (I got my scales fabric from Just Sew and had a hard time choosing which animal print to choose), some kind of hard-wearing fabric for the soles (I wanted the sticky slipper fabric or faux leather but could only find boiled wool felt locally so went for that) and ... by far the most important thing to remember when making a down-filled project is DOWN-PROOF FABRIC.
|pattern pieces based on pre-existing slipper design|
If you don't live near any helpful shoe-making elves, continue as follows.
6. Sew the ticking to the lining pieces. Sew the front and back pieces to the 2 side pieces so the cambric is uppermost. Leave enough room to get your foot into the slipper but not too much room or the slippers will fall off (though there is a work-around with elastic).
|body of slipper without sole|
|lining with wadding and boiled wool felt outer sole|
|completed slipper lining turned inside out (right)|
|attaching sole and elastic|
12. Add down - this bit is very messy. Do outdoors unless you live in a county where it rains for about 200 days a year.
|stuffing the slippers with down|
12. Trim excess fabric after ensuring correct fit (most important that the sole is the right size for your foot). Finish edging with suitable bias binding - I used skull ribbon.
|Slippers lined with skull ribbon|
|snake eating a sheep|
|dinosaur egg slippers?|
16. Don't bother buying Sock stop paint from Fun to Do. It might be solidified and unusable due to having been on the shelf for far to long and will only lead to disappointment.