As anticipated in my round-up...
So far, I made two pairs of the same pattern from FiberTrends: a pair for my husband and a pair for my mom (I'm the one still without proper slippers).
For this time, I decided to knit the pattern with a single sole.
|My mom's pair|
|My husband's pair (still without the leather sole)|
After felting, the sample with the right yarn should be a 4" to 4-1/2" square.
I have a front loading washing machine, which makes things a bit tricky when it's about felting.
So I set the maximum temperature, load my washing machine with 4 large towels, and placed the clogs in separate mesh bags.
After the first cycle, the slippers were still big, so I did a second turn.
|This is my sample, using a mix of royal blue and grey|
of the same kind of wool.
|This is the clog before felting for a sie 11 men's: |
I used the grey and royal blue for the sole and cuff, and plain grey for the top.
|After felting, filled with plastic bags to keep the shape while drying!|
DIY // making leather soles for slippers:
I made the leather soles using an old bag that was no longer usable due to stains.
Cut the shape of the sole on a piece of card-stock, and measure on the sole of the slippers to make sure that is the right size.
Trace the shape of the sole using the card-stock template: once on the right side, once on the wrong side, so you'll have a perfectly matching right and left.
|The pattern says that although the two clogs are knitted the same way,|
whit use, there will be a right and left.
I decided to cut the leather soles already with a right and left side,
so I wouldn't leave any room for confusion :)
|marked the soles with a dot every 1/4"|
|to save time, I put the two soles together|
(and secure them by placing double-sided tape on the inner side)
and used my Punch Hole Plier to punch the holes on the marks
|I decided to take the extra steps of punching the holes because|
the felt is really thick, and even using a leather needle would have caused me
I promise, 15 extra totally worth it minutes!
|I proceed to sew the soles with a double strand of heavy duty upholstery thread |
(because the thickness of the felt, use the smallest needle you can thread: will make life easier)
|Leave the "wrong" side of the leather on the outer side:|
the suede will add grip to your steps.
|Added the leather soles.|
And as you can see, the cuffs aren't perfectly shaped because of the
|So I decided to keep the cuff in place and add a red stitching.|
Worked out well at the end!