I’ll show you how to make quick and easy doll slippers, suitable for a fashion doll like Barbie but you can also scale up this project for larger dolls.
- Sharpie pen
You Will Need:
- Step 1 – Choose Your Material
I used some scraps from a piece of real suede that I’ve had in my possession for some years now but you could also use felt or a heavy upholstery material. Lighter fabrics like cotton or polyester are not ideal for this project, unless you line them first with an interfacing. Polar fleece works well too.
- Step 2 – Make A Pattern and Cut Out Your Slippers
Decide on the size of your slippers. Mine are about 1 1/8″ long and about 3/4″ wide across the broadest part of the foot. Draw a foot shape on a piece of paper, cut it out and trace around it onto your fabric. Cut out your fabric and place aside. Trace around your pattern again onto a piece of cardboard and cut out the slipper bottoms.
Draw a half moon shape onto your paper for the slipper uppers. Trace around this onto your fabric and cut out two.
- Step 3 – Assemble Your Slippers
Glue the cardboard to the feet of the slippers and allow to dry. Starting in the middle, glue the half moon shape uppers onto the slipper bottoms, shaping the fabric as you go. I found it best to do this in steps, starting with the center front part of the slippers, letting that dry for a few minutes, then moving on to the sides. This way I was able to hold the uppers in place while they dried. Allow the glue to dry completely.
Of course, you can also stitch around the edges of your slippers if you like. Do this before you glue the cardboard onto the bottom. Suede is hard to push a needle through so that’s why I went with simple gluing.
- Step 4 – Finishing Touches
After your slippers are dry, trim up the cardboard edges. Color the bottom and sides of your cardboard with the Sharpie and allow to dry. Done! Congratulations, you have just made your first pair of doll slippers. Wasn’t that easy?
Please leave a link in the comments below so I can see your work!