How to Make Fabric Slippers with Free Pattern

Homemade flannel slippers, what could be cozier? After all, The Season of Cozy is upon us. Let’s learn how to make fabric slippers!

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I wear my DIY fabric slippers daily.
How to Make Fabric Slippers
These are non-slip slippers and they have a super comfy minky lining. I’ll tell you all about how to make them non-slip and how to make a sole, along with a free pattern, so you too can get cozy.
How to Sew Fabric Slippers
And I had fun making the Rolled Fabric Flowers we posted last week as little embellishments. Gorg, right?

Get the full How to Make Fabric Slippers Tutorial and Free Slipper Pattern below..

How to Make Fabric Slippers with Free Pattern

So you’ll need a few things to get started. You’ll need some fabric for the outside and the lining. I used pretty Anna Maria Horner Folksy Flannel Fortune in Marine, and this AMAZINGLY luxurious Minky – Moda Snuggles Whimsy in Butter (seriously the nicest minkee i have ever touched) as the lining. I think they look pretty cute together, right?

You’ll also need some 1/4″ elastic, less then a yard (for size 9 feet you’ll need 22 inches -2 pieces each 11″ long- to be exact).

Now, you can skip an insole but your slippers won’t be very comfy, so what’s the point in that. So buy a pair of these in your size: washable insoles.

And then to have a nice non-slip bottom pick up some of this (you can make about 3 pairs with this $3 package): Jiffy Grip.

1.  So download the free slipper pattern and print it out here: Pretty Prudent Slipper Pattern.  It’s for my feet which are a massive size 9.  So to edit it, you can make them shorter by cutting a bit out of the middle of the sole.  If you cut out an inch, then also cut out an inch on the length of the side piece.  I hope that makes sense.  But at the end of the day, these are slippers and they have an elastic top, so they are very flexible when it comes to sizing.  You can also use a slipper or shoe that fits you to create your own pattern, using ours as a guideline.  So get the Free Pretty Prudent Slipper Pattern here.

2.  Now you need to trace and cut out your pattern pieces.  For the sole you need 2 pieces in Jiffy Grip, 2 pieces in batting (or more batting pieces if you want them even cozier), and 2 of your lining (minky in my case).  These slippers aren’t right foot/left foot just to keep it simple.  Then for the slipper upper you need two pieces of lining and two pieces of outer fabric (flannel in my case):

3.  Now grab one of your outer pieces and fold it in half right sides facing and sew up the straight edge.  This is your heel:

Lay one piece of batting, then put your jiffy grip on top of it, right (bumpy) side up:

Then take your upper and pin it right side facing to the sole, through the jiffy grip and batting. Start by pinning the center of the heel, then the center of the toe, then the center of the sides, so it all stays nicely aligned:

Continue to pin, edges aligned, all the way around:

Sew near the edge with a straight stitch, then trim your edges:

When you turn it inside out it will look like this, you’ve made the shoe outer:

4.  Now we repeat with the lining for the same foot.  Fold the upper in half and sew the heel together along the straight edge:

Put the lining sole right side up, then pin the lining upper to it, right sides facing:

This time sew almost all the way around with a straight stitch, but leave the base of the heel open, backstitching at the beginning and end:

5.  Now make sure your outer shoe is inside out:

And the lining is right side out:

Fit the lining into the shoe (now right sides are facing) and pin at the heel with the seams open:

Pin all the way around the shoe opening:

Sew in place at the edge with a straight stitch all the way around, then trim your edge:

6.  Now reach in the hole in the lining of the heel and turn your slipper right side out:

We need to sew a channel around the top for our elastic.

So start on one side of the heel seem, back stitch, sew all the way around the shoe opening about 1/4-1/2″ down from the seam, stopping a little on the other side of the heel so there’s an opening to thread your elastic through like so:

7.  Now grab your elastic (mine was 11″ – start longer then cut it if you need to after trying it on) and go through the hole in the heel lining to thread it all the way around the channel we just sewed:

Pull it out the other side through the opening in the heel.  Try it on, see how long you need it to be:

Sew it together with a zig zag:

Push it back into the casing and sew the opening between your casing start and finish point closed:

8. Now pop open the hole in the lining of the heel:

Push your shoe insert in:

And sew the hole closed.  You could slip stitch but this is the inside of a slipper, I wasn’t stressing the finishing details, so I just closed it with a straight stitch on my sewing machine:

Push your shoe back into place.  Now make some rolled fabric flowers or pom poms or what-have-you for decoration (or none, whatever your pleasure) and sew them on.

Finished and it feels so good! So you’ve learned how to make fabric slippers. How do they feel?

Oh wait, I forgot to mention you have to start all over and make a second shoe. That’s the thing with shoes.  And pillows.  And earrings.  So anyway, now that you know how to make fabric slippers, making another one will be easy. So do that. OK, now you’re done.

Cozy up!

I can’t wait to make a tiny matching pair for Scarlet!  Think you’ll decide to learn how to make fabric slippers? I’ve loved seeing all the pictures of your creations, I can’t wait to see more! Share them with us on our Facebook community or in the comments. Follow us on Pinterest for more DIY tutorials!

If you loved this project, you might like these other beginner sewing projects:

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DIY Sweatshirt Dress
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145 Comments

Jacinda

Perfect gift for a baby shower! I need to make some for my vacation, I mean, my days in hospital. So pretty & love the roses!

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randomcreativity

The title to this post showed up in my google reader last week, and I was so disappointed when it wasn't actually posted yet. These are cute, and would make a great gift with an eye mask and other girly stuff 🙂

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Radiomom

Beautiful!!! I think they would make PERFECT holiday gifts! hmmm….now, so many fabrics to choose from…

(thanks for the pattern!!)

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Emily

Adorable! I am going to steal your idea and make tiny slippers for my little girl. So cute! Is that jiffy grip washable?

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Angie

These are super cute! My Mamaw loves her slippers these would be awesome for her. Plus if she knew I made them that would make it even better for her!! =) I actually just bought some elastic last night so I just need a couple of other things and I can do this!!
Thanks.

Angie S.

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Jamie

After having my twins my feet were a size 9. Yikes! Finally an advantage to these "massive" feet-I don't have to resize this wonderful pattern! I'd love it if you'd post the pattern for Scarlet's when you make them. I'd like to make some for my girl, too.

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Marcia W.

If your size 9s are massive, what would you call my size 11s? The flowers on each slipper look great. BTW My father told me that larger feet are a blessing because they gave me a solid base so I wouldn't be blown away in a heavy wind! I live in the state of hurricanes.

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Jaime

ok now i am super self conscious about my giant feet. and yes, emily, jiffy grip is washable. it's awesome! great for making jammies and gardening gloves too!

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Alex

So cute! I've been making my baby girl little felt shoes much the same way, but my sewing machine is broken so I've been hand sewing. To make them non-slip, I draw with puffy paint on the bottom.

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joanna

I have tried the puffy paint thing, but it doesn’t work for a no slip grip on my daughters shoes. do you have to sand the puffy paint after it dries?

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Chris Pessoa

Yeah!!! Thank You so much for this tutorial! I want to make some pairs for my daugther to use at the day care. Here in Finland we don't use shoes inside the places, but the day care is cold and wearing just the socks is not enough… I think those slippers would be perfect for she use there.

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Melissa

Love these slippers! and its a great tutorial too!
Very easy to follow..makes me want to go right out and get some fuzzy fabric and make a pair right now. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Pink Princess

THESE are awesome, I will make a few pairs for myself and for gift giving 🙂 LOVE wearing slippers like this, i am wearing a pair right now as well lol 🙂

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AnnaPK

These are awesome! I have been wanting to make some slippers for my daughter. I have a question though, her feet are very tiny so I don't think I can buy insoles for her. Could I just use extra layers of batting? What type and how many layers of batting would you recommend?

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Jaime

hi Anna – so for baby feet i recommend crafting foam cut into the sole shape. not sure if you can wash it though? if she's not walking a bunch of layers of batting should do the trick

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breanna

i love how they're ever so slightly retro feeling…but entirely adorable. can't wait to *try* to make them! they're perfect for a craft swap my friends and i have coming up!

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Amy

SO CUTE! And I'm extra super excited because I have massive size 9 feet like you, too. The better stability, my dear, right?

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S

SUPER cute. Would be such a cute giftie item for baby shower or whatnot. And yeah, I'm size 11 too! Tough to find cute slippers in my size, so now I can just make some. 🙂

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Katy

loooove this and plan on doing these and the eye masks for all the ladies in my family for their b-days this next year. one question – where did you find the slipper insoles?

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thestoryofkat

Hi there, hoping you can answer my question. Am working on a pair of these right now and, I may be missing something, but I don't see that you've mentioned what size seam allowance is built into this pattern anywhere. It looks like 1/4 inch?

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Jenny

Holy snaps your tutorial is amazing!
I’ve been fretting about how to get cloth shoes for a project since I can’t seem to find them online.

You’re a life saver XD

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Marilda

Cute and so easy to do it! I had to make for my grandkids,along with the pijamas botton… they liked…thanks for the instrutions/pictures, all well done.

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Libia

I’m from Brazil and here these slippers are gifts for weddings, for women guests and bridesmaids, when they dance and are exausted, they put off their shoes and put slippers for dance more and more, they are made of silver or gold tissue and curling around itself and in a cute little bag for gift.
sorry for my english!
Thanks for your explanation!!
Libia

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Glen

I have given your templates to my class of 10 year olds and they have been having an amazing time creating slippers! Thank you!!!

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Alisha

These look so cute and easy! I’m very new a sewing so I have a simple question: How much material did you buy for this project?? One yard, etc? I’d hate to guess and be very wrong. Thanks!

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Theresa

Now is the season for making the slippers since it will soon be getting cold. Thanks!!

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Veloy H.

I was so excited to make these slippers, but no matter what I do or how hard I try I cannot bring up the actual pattern.

I keep going through the tutorial to see if I am missing something, but the same page keeps coming up.

Please help me. I would love to make these slippers.

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Anne from NJ

Make sure you scroll down. The link is under the picture of the jiffy grip. I had the same problem.

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cilla

Please could you help me to find the pattern for the fabric slippers. I have looked and cannot find the pattern pieces . I was sooooooo looking forward to making them. Hope you can assist me. regards, Cilla

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Michelle

Just made these for a Christmas present but the pattern is a little off, at least the way I did it so I would recommend you make it about half a size larger than you think you need it so you will save a lot of trouble like I did!!

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Michelle

Just made these for a Christmas present but the pattern is a little off, at least the way I did it so I would recommend you make it about half a size larger than you think you need it so you will save a lot of trouble like I did!! They did come out adorable in the end!

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Mary

I can not wait to make these for myself. I use to have a pair that I loved, but they wore-out and I have not been able to find in my size 10. found this on pinterest. Thank you for the great step-by-step.

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Liddie

The tutorial for this project made these slippers a joy to make. I commend the teaching skills of the designer. Many people claim to offer easy instruction, but skip or eliminate steps that can often confuse the most experienced seamtress. I am a beginner sewer and I appreciate the time and consideration taken by a good teacher. I made these slippers in an evening and wore them the same night. When I showed my 78 year old dad my finished product, he smiled like a proud papa. Plan to make them as gifts for friends, family, and charity.

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Jaime

thank you so much! what a wonderful comment to read. i am glad your slippers turned out so well and your feet are cozy!

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Faye

Absolutely brilliant! Not only that, but they pretty, cozy, sooo “YES”!!!

I thank you … and my feet, thank too “)

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Marina

Very cute but seem very expensive to make. The link for the Jiffy Grip is $58! Think I will just buy slippers.

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mrsben

Very cute! Thank you for the pattern and tutorial. As the design is very similar to ballet slippers would be ideal in a smaller sizing if dressing a little flower girl for a wedding. ☺ -Brenda-

Footnote: For those who wish to print the pattern and tutorial off —
using ‘legal’ size (format) paper it will take:
x 2 sheets for the pattern pieces (using one side of sheet only)
x 5 sheets for the instructions (using both sides of the sheet)
print pages 1 & 2 / 3 & 5 / 6 & 7 / 8 & 9 / 10
(Note: the script on page 4 for some reason is blank)

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Sarah

The link you have to the $3 package of Jiffy Grip goes to a Jiffy Grip product on Amazon.com that costs $50 for an 11″x24″ board. Can you post the actual name of the product that you used? Thanks!

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Lisa Roloff

forget that stuff. Cut the sole out in felt or Denham or fleese and then get a roll of the rubber cabinet liner from the dollar store and baste that over it. Nice and grippy and cheap as hell.

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Nicki

I am having trouble getting the regular pattern to come up to download/print it. The baby slippers downloaded fine but the link to your regular pattern does not. Please email me a correct link or the pattern if you could please! I would love to make some. Yours turned out really cute!
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amudha

Hi,
Am Amudha from India. I would like to make this slipper but I couldn’t get this materials , can u guide me. If u get contact me its my great opportunity.

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Marilee Lindstrom

I just made these today and I love how cute they are and how easy they were to make! Thank you so much for the tutorial! I have so many pajama pants that I have made over the years that I can’t wait to make matching slippers for all of them. 🙂

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Deana

Love your detailed instructions. However, I don’t see where to get the “pattern” for these adorable slippers. Would your, please, reply to my email address.

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Darlene

LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!!!
I printed out your pattern and then just minimized the copy and made a smaller pattern.
Thank You for sharing this awesome pattern!!!!

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Ruby

Hi
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There is not other words to tell you that … THANK YOU VERY MUCH! GREAT TUTORIAL, will be very useful for me!

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Suzanne

Just gorgeous – looks like another project to try. We are now in Autumn (or should be – its still hot in Australia) but it will be lovely to make a pair customised to my mum’s small foot. So glad I found this website. Thanks again.

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Love the pattern and plan on making several pair!
However the pattern does not print out as a size
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might be a child’s size 9? None the less it should be
easy to size it up Thanks for the free pattern. Your
directions sound very easy to follow!

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Destiny W.

Thank you for the tutorial, I just made the slippers. I used white minky on the inside and penguins in winter on pink as the outside. I decided to skip the elastic, becase I live in Florida and it gets pretty hot here. Helps to let my feet breath. Again, thanks. It was super easy to follow your pictures and instructions.
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Rosie Engelbrecht

Thank you so much for this tutorial! Seeking it for such a long time! it’s a great gift for me!

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merci pour les explication, je cherchais un modèle depuis longtemps

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SusanAnn Sheidy

The pattern page is missing? If someone has the pattern would you be so kind to e mail to me please. I would so appreciate your kindness. My mail is ssheidy@msn.com thank you again.

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LindaG

In the tutorial, right after the photo of the Jiffy Grip fabric, is a paragraph numbered 1. The pattern link is at the end of the first sentence. Cheers

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Sewing Bee

A question: Is the seam allowance included in the pattern pieces, or does it need to be added. If it is included, what is the seam allowance?

Lastly, thank you for making this pattern available. The slippers are so-o-o cute!

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Seamstress

To anyone having a problem with the size, you have to unclick the “fit to page” option before printing. The pattern will actually run off the page a little. Your printer most likely fits it to page automatically.

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Tasha Garland

I just made these and love them! I think I am going to make an extra pair (or 6 🙂 ) to toss in my car for the drive home from work after a long shift on my feet all day at the hospital! The only part that I stumbled on a little bit was the seam allowance for the heel on the upper and lining. I found that 1/2″ worked best to match the size of the upper to same size as the lower.

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Lynn channer

These are the best slippers I gave ever made have made for grandchildren and have two pairs so when us washed have others even my daughter said gers waits for her when she walks in on they come thank you so much for a brilliant pattern and helpful pictures as well

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Linda

Omigosh !! I have a couple pairs of fabric slippers I bought two years ago and they are my favorites, but since they are becoming worn I have wanted to replace them with my own fabric creations. You have made my plan SO EASY with your fabulous pattern !!! Now I can make as many as I want – great for stocking stuffer gifts at Christmas too. Thank you so much !!!

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SMH

Thanks so much for the pattern! I had to tweak the pattern a little for my size, but they turned out great. The pictures helped a lot!

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Fabric Heart

this is great. I am sure the fabric exchange has so many choices of fabric for this kind of project.

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Kathy Griffith

Where is the free pattern download? I’ve been through this page 10 times and all I get to download are pdf converter, or some other program that I don’t need. Love to have this pattern if I could get it.

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elise

Same problem as Kathy, when i click on where to get this pattern – i go in a silly circle of ending up on the same page, again, and again , and again . . . . . . .

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dee

What is the seam allowance? And is the seam allowance in the pattern or do you have to add it? I used a 3/8 ” seam allowance and cut the pieces exactly and ended up with a size 7??

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