Tutorial by Rae: Dragon Slippers
Posted February 15, 2011
I thought I’d kick off our month of boy with a tutorial for these extracute dragon slippers. Elliot is really into monsters and dragons lately. When he asks me to tell him a story at night, the usual request is for the kind I make up about “Prince Elliot and his friend Drew the Dragon.” Nothing special, just a boy and a dragon and their silly adventures, but he loves it. For awhile I’d even catch him occasionally talking to an imaginary Drew. *cute* So I thought these little dragon (monster? lizard? dinosaur?) slippers would be perfect to keep those little toes warm on our hardwood floors. The little black button eyes are key to making them look like creatures:
and the little tongues are pretty hilarious.
They were a little snug so I made the blue pair a little bigger. So now I’ve got two kids walking around in these!
. Even though they’re way too big for her. they stay on pretty well with the elastic around the ankle. and now Clementine has started wearing the first pair.Elliot got really excited about the first green pair I made him and wore them all over the house right away.
so this might actually work for any size boy (or girl!) This blog is proudly sponsored by
. The good news is that the pattern for these slippers is made by tracing the wearer’s foot.Although I designed this slipper especially for Celebrate the Boy Month. I think you’ll find that other members of your family might want a pair as well.
Part 1: Make your pattern pieces
. You are more than welcome to use the images above (giving clear and proper photo credit of course).This tutorial is the intellectual property of Rae Hoekstra. but please do not copy images or text from the tutorial below.
Step 2 (right): Using a piece of tracing paper or a dryer sheet. superimpose both foot outlines with the heels overlapping. Smooth out any bumps as you trace. no one here is going to hold that against you.
.Step 1 (left): Trace both feet of the wearer carefully. If you have to let the wearer play Mario Kart or Angry Birds to make this happen.
You can see where I did this at the top of the toes. We will call this number “X” and we need it to make the upper pattern piece for the slipper (see next step). so I recommend adding some extra for growing children. we don’t want all those lines on the final pattern) and trace a line 1/4″ from the outside edge to mark your seam line. Step 6 (right): Now take half of the seam measurement and write that number down. X=22 cm
.Step 3 (left): Trace an extra 3/8″ to 1/2″ around the entire pair of outlines (shown in red marker). Step 4 (right): Now cut this shape out of paper (this will be your final pattern piece for the sole. clearing both toes and adding a little length in the front if you want some room to grow.
Step 5 (left): Measure around your seam line carefully with a measuring tape or string. Elliot’s slipper seam line measured 44 cm. Note: adding 3/8″ will produce an exact -fitting slipper. So for Elliot.
Step 7 (above): Draw your pattern piece for the upper part of the slipper upper using the template provided below. fleece stretches easily and I think you’ll find that the difference doesn’t
. Remember that those little boxes in the corners indicate right angles.
click to enlarge image A SEAM ALLOWANCE OF 1/4″ IS INCLUDED IN THIS PATTERN.75X" you'll have to take X and multiply it by 0. a line across the top that is 0. Although you will lose a little bit of fabric on the upper slipper seams.35X. and connect it to the center line with a diagonal line. a vertical line on the right side that is 0.75X.7X. and a line down the center that is 0. The pattern piece will consist of a line across the bottom that is X long.75 to get the number you need] Note: You can also go ahead and round the corners adjacent to the diagonal line a little if you like. Then draw a small line up from the bottom left that is 3/8″ or 1 cm tall. [Little math reminder: To get "0.
available in the home dec section at most craft sewing superstores. depending on whether you want a contrasting inside or not) sherpa-lined fleece for the sole (shown at right.
Part 2: Assembling the Slippers
You’ll need the following materials for your slippers:
stretchy fleece for the slipper upper (shown at top. in one or two colors. I find it easiest to make a 1. for a baby for example.5″ inch rectangle and then trim two of the corners off with curved edges towards the center.25″ by 1. you may want to add 1/4″ around the slipper.really matter unless you are making a very small slipper. a piece of thick fleece. Step 8: Make a pattern piece for the tongue by drawing a shape like the one in the template provided. or even two layers of fleece basted together) scraps of red fleece or felt for tongue jumbo ric-rac
. Decent alternatives might include: an old felted sweater. In this case.
The instructions here will be for ONE slipper. you’ll also see that I curved the front edge of the slipper when I cut the pieces out. Try to stitch along the middle of the ricrac as close to the front edge of the ric-rac as possible without going off the ricrac at all. if that makes sense. four tongue pieces. just stitch down the center of the ric-rac. If you look carefully at the diagram above. you’ll need to cut out four upper pieces. Hint: Cut the fleece for the upper parts of the slippers with the stretchiest direction of the fleece running parallel to the bottom of the foot. two tongue pieces and one sole.1/2″ wide elastic + safety pin 4 small black buttons + needle and thread Also recommended: a stretch needle for your sewing machine
Step 1 (left): For each slipper. So for each pair of slippers. so you’ll have to repeat each step to get a pair. Step 2 (right): Sew ric-rac along the front edge of a slipper upper piece. with the edge of the ricrac lined up with the front edge of the fleece.
. If that doesn’t make sense to you. and two soles. cut 8 upper pieces.
Step 4 (right): Sew the back side of the slipper. and stitch along your ric rac stitch line to sew together with a 1/4″ seam. repeat steps 3 and 4 for the lining of the slipper. Now push the lining back inside slipper (not shown)
.Step 3 (left): Pin another slipper upper to the one you just stitched the ric-rac to. Sew together around the top edge with a 1/4″ seam. Step 6 (right): Turn both right side out.
Step 5 (left): Turn lining inside out and place outside of slipper over it (so their right sides are facing).
(right) Remember to leave a hole in the lower line of stitching to allow for the elastic to go in. which can flatten it. Also note: I did sew the tongue to the top part of the slipper at this point when I made the green slippers. but I’d recommend waiting until Step 11 instead.
Step 7 (left): Sew two lines around the outside of the slipper for the elastic casing.Steps 7-9 are optional but HIGHLY recommended for babies/toddlers. one roughly halfway up the slipper.
. and I backstitch before and after the ric rac instead of sewing over it. I usually try to line up the stitching with valleys in the ric rac. and the next about 3/4″ above that.
minus the tongue. adjust elastic length if necessary.
. but it’s always good to have a little extra. then zigzag stitch back and forth through both layers of elastic to secure. Step 11 (right): Attach tongue to the center front of the outside of the sole by sewing across the short side of the tongue. Step 9 (right): Thread elastic through casing. Now turn it inside out (not shown).
Step 10 (left): Sew two of the tongue pieces together with a 1/4″ seam along the curved edges.Step 8 (left): Cut elastic roughly the length of the slipper and put a safety pin at the end.
(left) The upper part of your slipper should now look something like this photo. I find I actually need about an inch less than this. Pin ends and try on your child if possible.
. I did this with the blue slippers (but not the green ones because I had curved their pieces a little more when I cut them out) and found it helps make a nicer looking slipper. If it’s a little bit pointy. This step is optional but I find it makes it easier to sew the upper part of the slipper to the sole.Step 11 (right): Take a look at the front center seam of your slipper. You may need to stretch the fleece a little to fit around the sole. carefully lining up all three edges as you pin. Step 13 (right above and left below): Sew together using a stretch needle and a 1/4″ seam allowance. trim it slightly at the center seam so that it’s a more curved.
Step 12 (left): Pin center front and center back of slipper to sole with outsides facing (the inside of the sole and the inside of the upper part of the slipper should be facing out). Pin around entire slipper. that’s just fine.
but they get tighter at the ankle when folded over though.
Step 15 (above): Turn slipper right-side out. You can see that the blue slippers don’t have the elastic. Full disclosure: they don’t stay on as well as the green ones!
.Step 14 (right): Zigzag stitch along seam allowance to finish inner edge.
Step 16: Sew buttons on either side of ric rac to resemble eyes. let us know how it works!
. I haven’t tried scaling this pattern down/up for babi es or adults. Safety reminder: please embroider the eyes using just thread rather than using buttons for very young children or babies! Try slippers on toddler and watch as excitement unfold! If you make a pair of these slippers. please put your pictures in the Celebrate the Boy photo pool so we can all enjoy them! And as is often the case. but if you try it.