Where is the year going? It seems like just last week it was Christmas, and now we're already in the middle of March.
Welcome to the monthly Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop . You will have jumped on board here following the link from True's fun blog, and by now you will have seen what a delightful selection of ribbon there is in the March Ribbon Club assortment, and should also have seen what the other DT members are creating with it.
My contribution is a slipper tutorial using this month's gorgeous ribbons, so I hope you'll read on down and get inspired to make yourself or a friend a pair of spa slippers, or if you know someone who's going to be in hospital or isn't feeling well and is taking things slowly at home, this would be a lovely gift to make for them. (I hope the instructions are clear - writing tutorials is not one of my strong points!)
This is what you will need (plus a sewing machine with zigzag stitch):
I have used polar fleece, but felt or any other non-fraying fabric will do. The inner soles are cheapo ones from the dollar store, and are a "one size fits all" with markings on them for different shoe sizes, so I just put my foot on it and cut the length to my size.
Fold your fabric in half, pin your inner sole onto it and mark around the edge with a pen. REMEMBER you have 2 feet, so this whole process is repeated by turning over the inner sole and doing it all again but in reverse. Got it?
Sew the inner sole to the fabric about 1/4" in from the edge. (The inner sole is not very thick so you shouldn't have trouble sewing through all the layers.) Lay this sole onto another folded piece of fabric and cut and sew the second foot the same way. Trim the edge of the second fabric layer to match up with the top sole. Pin the top pieces to the bottom pieces, but do not sew them together just yet.
Cut a piece of paper about 3 1/2" (9 cm.) wide and long enough to go over your instep (at the widest part of your foot). Lay this strip over your foot and press it to form a crease on both sides where it meets the floor. Mark the creases with a pen (dotted line) and then draw a line approx 1" out and cut along these side lines. You now have the template for the top of your slipper.
Cut 2 pieces of your fabric using this template, with an extra fabric allowance top and bottom as shown (this will be trimmed away when the ribbons are sewn in place.), and lay your ribbon over it as shown, pinning as you go. Using a zigzag stitch sew the ribbons onto the fabric lenghwise at the edges so that the stitching overlaps both the ribbons you're working on each time.
Trim the edges to the size of the paper template, and you should have 2 strips looking something like this.
Lift up the fabric sole that is pinned to the inner (sewn) sole and pin the ribbon strip to the under side of the sole as shown at left. Make sure that the ribbon strip is facing upwards as you will be folding it over so that it goes over the top of your foot, remember? (Make sense??) You now have a sandwich of fabric sewn onto inner sole, ribbon strip, and then the second fabric sole. Hold them flat together and sew all the way around the edge, leaving a gap on the opposite side of the sole for where the other end of the ribbon strip still needs to be inserted (see pic below).
Put your slipper on the floor, your foot on the slipper, wrap the ribbon strip over the top of your foot, allowing for a nice comfortable fit, and tuck the other end of the ribbon strip into the gap in the sewing between the layers on the opposite side of the slipper. Remove your foot and pin the ribbon strip in place.
Turn the slipper over, flatten the ribbon strip over the sole and pin it down.
Now sew all the way around the edge of the slipper, removing the pins as you go (where the loose end of the ribbon strip was tucked in). Trim the edges if necessary and then do a close satin/zigzag stitch all the way around the slipper so that all the layers are held together by the stitching.
And ta daaaaaa ...
Now you can hop over to Erika's blog for another lovely idea for using this month's Ribbon Club Assortment.