I’m so excited to have a re-stock of up-cycled sweater slippers back in stock for you. I debuted this project last year but quickly ran out of sweater material. And, for good reason, this is such an easy and satisfying project and I’m thrilled that it’s now available as both a kit and a workshop!
Yup. I will teaching how to make these sweater espadrille slippers on February 18th through Topstitch Makers, the online sewing community. So, wherever you are you can join me for this laid-back, up-cycling house shoe project!
If you aren’t familiar with Topstitch Makers, it’s the online sewing community run by Leigh Metcalf. Her mission is to build connection through sewing and Topstitch has been described as a pillow fort away from the internet so I think it’s working! Membership is $29/month and EVERY MONTH there is one party, one live talk with a guest, and four sewalongs as well as a live sip n sew each Wednesday. It’s so much fun. Also, any member can attend the events and new members gets 2 week free trial. All you need to bring are your supplies, your sewing skills and enthusiasm!
Leigh has a whole bucket of coziness set up for February. In addition to up-cycled sweater slippers there are workshops for a variety of pajama set, eye masks and handsewing with Cal Patch. It’s going to be so inspirational. I can’t wait. All you need to do to join any of it is sign up as a member.
The sweater slippers project really is one of my favorites. I love being able to breathe new life into old things and make something cozy at the same time. Sweater Slippers bring those worlds together.
It’s truly a labor of love to transition a sweater into sweater material. Far more work than buying a new bolt of fabric and cutting it up. I scour the thrift stores for 100% wool sweaters (prioritizing those with moth nibbles), wash and dry them multiple times, cut them up, iron them and stack together enough material for a pair of shoes. Like most things worth doing, it takes days and loads of loving care. And, it shows in the results!
Look at this lush collection of sweater material. Each one creates a unique and fabulous slipper! You will find imperfections in this material, that the nature of reuse and re-love.
Whether you want to join the workshop or not, grab a kit and make yourself something cozy and purposeful. You deserve it!
As I mentioned earlier, you can ABSOLUTELY use an old sweater than you have. Just be sure it’s 100% wool and not too thick. Wash and dry it on HOT 3-4 times until it’s thick and less stretchy. Don’t worry if it is still a bit stretchy, that’s fine. You will want to pick up this kit, if you go this route.