Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Baby Booties!

Chase took her slippers with her to school today.  They’re still very popular.  And while she was gone I finished up Avery’s.  I like them even better than Chase’s!  You could probably make three or four pairs of these from a single adult sized sweater.  

So.  I did it!  I drew up the pattern AND scanned it to share with you before I lost or otherwise forgot about it.  I have lots of thoughts about these slippers.

I made Chase’s by positioning and cutting the toe piece so that one of the flowers on the sweater was in the center of each toe.  For Avery I placed the pieces so that the cuff edge of the sweater forms the detail along the top edge of the toe.  I also used the button hole edge with an i cord around the back instead of making a casing for elastic.  Then I poked a hole through the front with a knitting needle and enlarged it with a seam ripper to thread the ties through.  I have some ideas that I think would be kind of neat with a cable knit sweater.

You’ll need a 100% wool sweater that you wash and dry HOT before you begin.  I made these using an 80% wool sweater and it worked just fine.  This is the pattern that I used to make Avery’s slippers.  I’m guessing that they’re sized about 12-18 months but once you get the shape and relationship of the pieces down it’s pretty easy to adjust the size.  The pieces designed to be cut on the fold can be cut as single pieces if it works out better for the sweater your using.  This is more or less how I laid out the pattern pieces.   I cut the sweater into its component parts and then got to work.

The pattern allows for a narrow seam allowance.  I aligned the raw edge with my presser foot and adjusted my needle so that it was nearly as far to the right as it would go.  Is there a technical way to explain that?  The seam allowance ended up being about 1/8″.  All of the pieces allow for a seam allowance but the back (3) doesn’t account for an elastic casing.  If you plan to use elastic make sure to add enough width there.  Run the elastic through the casing and then tack the front edges down under the toe.

This second go round I sewed all three pieces together in one shot.  Layer the pieces, right sides together, beginning with piece (1) the sole and ending with piece (3) the back and then stitch all the way around the perimeter.  The back should overlap the toe slightly.  It’s a little challenging to get all three layers under the presser foot but not impossible.  I used a pin in the center of the toe and the back to hold them in place while I stitched.  Flip it all right side out and done.  I used puffy paint to put treads on and let them dry for 24 hours.  Cute, right?  Now, quick, who wants slippers before I lose interest?  Of course, you either have to wear a 7 1/2 or send me a shoe :)

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