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MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

  • An old sweater
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Scrap yarn
  • Large darning needle
  • Paper or card stock for tracing

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MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

  • An old sweater
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Scrap yarn
  • Large darning needle
  • Paper or card stock for tracing
  • Non-slip grip pads (optional)
  • Fabric paint (optional)

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STEP ONE

Make a rough outline of your foot on a piece of paper or card stock. Leave about ½ inch of extra space around the edge for comfy slippers and easy sewing. Cut out your shape, then repeat for the other foot.

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STEP TWO

Place each cutout on the body of the sweater and cut around them to create two sole pieces. Tip: Use double-sided tape to keep the paper from slipping around while you’re cutting.

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STEP THREE

Stick your foot into the sleeve of the sweater through the opening at the wrist. Pull the fabric around your leg to the desired boot length.

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STEP FOUR

Very carefully, cut the fabric of the sleeve away from the sole of your foot. You’re trying to make it so that just the bottom of your foot is exposed. Now you have your leg piece!

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STEP FIVE

Attach the sole to the leg piece with sewing pins. Start with one pin at the toe of your bootie and one pin at the heel. Then stretch the fabric as necessary to line the two pieces up and pin them together.

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STEP SIX

With the pins in place, blanket-stitch the sole and the leg piece together. To do a blanket stitch, 1. push your needle through both layers of fabric from the top, 2. pull the yarn through until only a small loop remains, 3. bring your needle back down through the loop, 4. pull the yarn tight. You can also add a blanket stitch around the opening of your boot to make it look extra-polished. Tip: For extra traction, glue on non-slip grip pads or decorate the bottom of the soles with raised lines of fabric paint.

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STEP SEVEN

Pull on your new recycled-sweater slipper-boots, and get cozy!

Originally published on Oct. 22, 2013.

5 Responses to “Recycle an Old Sweater Into a Pair of Cozy Slipper-Socks (DIY Tutorial)”

  1. ossified mind says:

    LOVE IT!!!!!!

    GREAT TO DO FOR BROWNIES AS A CRAFT.

    CINDI STEVENSON
    NIAGARA FALLS CANADA

  2. joann inman says:

    will be great for a project with my granddaughters

  3. janeelem says:

    I love these, a great idea for when I have just an hour or so free. That said I’m always torn between reusing an item of clothing for a sewing project or donating it to another cause for someone else’s benefit…..

  4. elenir cezimbra says:

    This idea is amazing – and for sure a very cheap option for a gift!! Thank you!

  5. linda sewarts says:

    These are so cute! I love them. I wear them all the time.

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