Patchwork Booties

Patchwork Booties

Patchwork Booties

These are fur lined slippers. The soles are suede (also lined with fur) and these booties could probably be worn outside but aren’t really made for that purpose. I found this pattern in the magazine 101 Patchwork Projects and Quilts that was published in 2011. However, I have also found this link to download the pattern and instructions from Quilting Arts TV.

2011 Magazine

2011 Magazine

I was going to make these for my youngest daughter last Christmas but never got around to it. I had all the materials and decided to make them this Christmas. After copying all the pattern pieces, the first step was to make a patchwork “rectangle” .

Lower boot pattern on patchwork

Lower boot pattern on patchwork

The upper boot (which ultimately will not show) is made out of muslin. The muslin is sewn onto the inside and outside lower boots and then the two sides are sewn together.

Muslin top sewn on to lower boot

Muslin top sewn on to lower boot

The lining is fur/sherpa for the inside. This was the most difficult item to find but I finally did find something suitable at Joann Fabrics. I debated using something different that was softer, but I think this stiffer fur actually is best now that they are done.

Lining and boot sewn together at top

Lining and boot sewn together at top

Once the lining is turned and pushed down inside the outside boot, this is what it looks like:

Lining pushed to the inside

Lining pushed to the inside

The suede soles are from Boye and I bought mine on-line but they are available in different places like knitting stores. Attaching them was easier than I thought. The soles have pre-punched holes around the edge and it was just a matter of sewing them on by hand with embroidery floss (I used all 6 strands).

Soles sewn on with a back stitch

Soles sewn on with a back stitch

Here they are – all done!

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The only comment I should make about the pattern which is not reflected in the pictures I took above is that there is a patchwork toe piece which is sewn in place after the inner and outer boot pieces are sewn together. This is the orange and brown fabric shown on the toe above. This covers up an awkward seam down the middle of the front of the boot, but it also covered up part of the patchwork that I had made in the first step. No big deal but if I had realized from the start that was going to be the case, I wouldn’t have put some of the prettier fabrics there because they just got covered up.

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