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Sunday, March 13, 2011

So snazzy ribbon slippers



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.

75 comments:

  1. Unbelievable girl!!!
    I just love these slippers.Wouldn't a basket of these at the front door for guests be perfect?
    Thank you so much for sharing this sweetie.

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  2. Love the slippers! They are really pretty, and a very pretty pattern!

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  3. What a great idea~ Such a unique gift & a great use of ribbon. TFS

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  4. Hi Tilly, These are lovely ~ fab idea :-)

    Lisa x

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  5. wow how clever!!fab creation x carol

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  6. WOW how very nice. Awesome idea. I think you did quite well with your tutorial. I need to try this. Thanks for sharing. Vickie

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  7. What an aweome idea!! I love the use of the ribbon. Cindy

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  8. Wow Tilly, so creative and cute! :)

    Lots of love,
    Randi WS

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  9. Wonderful idea, and they just looks gogeous too. And as you said, a great and easy gift to make for someone in hospital or just a nice little gift to someone, we´ll love to please a bit extra.
    Thanks so much for the great tutorial, which was very easy to understand, so you´re not that bad to make tutorials anyway right? ha ha ha.
    Wonderful idea and gorgeous looking result with these stunning ribbons this months. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

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  10. What a lovely slippers you've made.

    Marie-Anne

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  11. Wow, how clever are you.Your slippers are fantastic.What a fab idea with the ribbons.Love them.Anyone would be proud to wear these.Thank you.Debbie x

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  12. Wow what fab idea and youve used all those beautiful ribbons.The slippers look gorgeous .thanks for the tutorial!
    hugs judex

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  13. Oh gorgeous work. Thank you for the tutorial.
    Francy

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  14. That is just the most awesome idea. My daughter has just been sewing for a few months now but doing very well so she is going to love this idea. This ribbon is just beautiful that is for sure and my favorite color of all. Hugs

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  15. Oh... really great project! Well use of the ribbons!!
    Thanks for sharing this tutorial...

    Ardilla
    papersardilla.multiply.com

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  16. BY FAR my favourite use of the ribbon in the hop!!! LOVE THEM!

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  17. Love the purple slippers and the way you used the ribbon! Thanks for the tutorial too!!!
    Hugs,
    Pam:)

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  18. Your slippers are fabulous. What a creative use of this beautiful ribbon. I have been viewing some wonderful photos of New Zealand these last few days as Erin from one of the blogs that I follow is there. What a spectacular country. I am a new follower and thanks for sharing your project. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com
    www.trishacreates.blogspot.com

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  19. Incredible work!!!!! thank you for the tutorial

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  20. What a great idea, thank you for the tutorial.
    Hugs Manuela

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  21. You are so creative Tilly! You always come up with the best ideas. The slippers are great and thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  22. love the slippers and the color is real pretty!!!!

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  23. Wow! These are amazing! So pretty and very useful! I love the ribbons that you've used.

    Smiles :-))
    Sue xx

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  24. What a great idea for the ribbon!
    http://comopark1886.blogspot.com
    comopark@roadrunner.com

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  25. Those are just incredible - what a great way to use some ribbon and keep it with you for a long time LOL

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  26. What a great idea. Way to go thinking out of the box.

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  27. Very creative way to use the ribbon. Those slipper are so pretty!

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  28. What a wonderful idea!!

    mitch1066@gmail.com

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  29. briliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiant,what a talent,love to try this.looking soo pretty.wow wow wow.

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  30. Oh Tilly, what a great idea! Good work :)
    Hugs, Jill

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  31. So pretty!!! Where do you think up these ideas?

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  32. You NEVER disappoint Tilly. I absolutely love this and I'm so thankful you created a tutorial to go with them. Thank you so very much for sharing your creativity.

    Erika

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  33. WOW those are brilliant, what a great use of all the gorgeous ribbons

    Kate xxx

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  34. Like this step of blog hope :) Not only pictures but master class ! Greate idea to make sleepers :)

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  35. what a clever idea. thanks for sharing the details.

    PS love the cattle photo at the top, beautiful!

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  36. WOW... i mean WOW!!! these slippers are the coolest thing ever.. how cool! what a great idea and a great job you did. thanks so much for sharing.
    -jamie
    babyblueangel_30@yahoo.com

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  37. This is so kewl thanks for sharing this with us and the tut is just great :)
    hugs Nikki

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  38. Oh wow! :) I love seeing stuff made like this! Fabulous and funky.

    What a great idea, such fun and totally original.

    hugs

    xxalisonxx

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  39. What a FANTASTIC idea! Such a unique use of ribbon. I'd have never thought of it.
    Blessings Bernie

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  40. Great Idea!! Thanks for sharing!! Love the slippers!!

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  41. Oh, I LOVE this idea! Plus there is so much versatility with the various colors, designs of ribbon. Wonderful job! TFS!!!

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  42. wow, what cute and comfy slippers those look like!! the ribbon is fantastic for the strap across!! tfs
    brenna
    rbanderson@live.ca

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  43. what a great idea, love your slippers

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  44. Tilly, I love cards, but your slippers are a fabulous idea, who'd a thunk? Wonderful!

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  45. What a Very creative and talented lady you are.

    Linda Imler

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  46. oh my, these are so cute and what a wonderful way to use ribbon! love them!!!

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  47. Love this idea might have to have a play.

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  48. Brilliant idea! Very personal and so creative! TFS :)

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  49. wow un modo davvero originale per usare i nastri
    ti ho scoperta grazie all'hop e quindi ne sono felice ciao rosa.kreattiva
    goccedioceano2000(at)libero(dot)it
    blog creativo http://kreattiva.blogspot.com/

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  50. Such a creative use of ribbons. TFS how to make. What a neat gift idea.

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  51. How clever!!!! love this idea....tfs

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  52. Very cute. Great use of ribbon for this project.

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  53. OMG, how cool!! One of a kind, how perfect!

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  54. This is such a clever idea and it looks very easy to do. TFS!

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  55. What a fabulous idea! I'm definitely going to do this one. Not only is purple my favorite color, but I'm really in need of a new pair of scuffies. I like the effect of the ribbon across the top. TFS ! This is great.

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  56. This is such a cute idea Tilly! I love this RRR collection this month as purple is my favorite color - of course they never have a bad collection do they? I will definitely have to try these slippers! Thanks for sharing your creative talent with us.

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  57. A very clever and pretty idea! And handy for a guest who forgot her slippers!

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  58. This is amazing! I don't sew but might try because I love these slippers.

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  59. These are the cutest slippers ever....thank you for the tutorial!!

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  60. Hi There Tilly,

    What a lovely husband you have bringing you a cup in the morning so sweet ^_^"

    And WoW really WoW this Tuto using a bunch of ribbon.thank you for sharing ILOVEIT.

    Hugs flying to NZ
    you catch them:)

    Sonja x

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  61. clever,creative and cute. don't you just love all the things a crafter can do

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  62. So clever! What a great gift idea!!!

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  63. That is so clever & you made it sound easy!

    Love the colors!

    Hummer Hugs,
    Misty
    http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

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  64. I have the perfect person for a set of these! Thank you for this tutorial... now off to get some funky ribbon!

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  65. Holy Moly! I would have never thought you can make slippers so easily!! Great idea Tilly! Thanks for linking up to Try it Tuesday at DotDotDot! I will be featuring these! Thanks for making my day!
    Tasha

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  66. Fabulous idea - thanks for sharing!

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