Up-cycled wool sweater slippers with Pear wood buttons.
These have been on my to-do list for a couple of years. That big bulky sweater has been taking up a lot of space in my closet / sewing room. These days, the priority crafts seem to be using stuff up, or moving it out. Now I have some cozy warm winter slippers, and a little more space in the closet.
For the slippers, I used this basic pattern/method. I liked the simplicity of the crossover strip.
Lessons learned : Although the sweater had been washed and somewhat felted, it still had a lot of stretch to it. I had traced my feet for the general pattern, but once I wrestled with sewing on the stip for the upper part, the soles became quite stretched out. Next time, I think I would fix it to a stabilizer foot -- maybe an actually felt foot liner, or something to keep it from stretching as it did. Or I would wash it again in really hot and agitated soapy water to get it to felt more.
As it is, they stretched enough to slip in a pair of flip flops for some extra comfort (not necessarily support). The foam also adds a layer of insulation to keep cold floors at bay. I used 2 layers of wool sweater for each foot. It seemed thick as I was working with it, but it matted down, and I could have used a few more layers.
I added some patches of shelf liner to the soles to make them non-slip. That works really well -- Easy to cut and sew, and shelf liner is cheap at the dollar store.
I also added a little elastic around the foot openings, to mitigate some gap-o-sis and to help keep them on my feet.
The sweater still had a lot of good and usable parts left to it, so I gave it to a crafter/quilter who can turn them into mittens. She was happy to have it!
The buttons are from the Sweet Leaf Wooden Stick buttons I was making last spring. Glad to finally have a project where I can show them off! These are the pear (fruit) wood.