There is so much going on in the world these days, and almost all of it seems out of my control. I find it easy to get sucked into a quagmire of negative thoughts and fear, so when I feel like this I try to find something I can do with my hands. My sewing or knitting or gardening is something I can control, and that helps me to feel a little better.
A year and a half ago I made myself some slippers. They were cozy and kept my feet warm. I wore them all that winter, and all this winter.
And then a few weeks ago I realized both slippers were developing holes on the outside/bottom of the foot.
So I mended them.
I started off with some non-superwash wool, some snips, and a darning needle.
I cut a length of yarn, and sewed it in a regtangle-ish shape that went a little past the edges of the hole on all sides.
Then I turned the whole thing 90 degrees and needle-wove the patch – over, under, over under. While doing this, I made sure to catch a stitch in the slipper at the end of every row so the patch would be firmly attached to the slipper on all sides.
I followed the same steps on the 2nd slipper. This closed the holes on both slippers, but the yarn I used for the repair was very softly spun, and I knew I would have another hole soon if I didn’t put a tougher material on the outside.
I still had some of the leather I used when I originally made the slippers, so I made a template for a piece that would fit over the holes on both slippers, and cut the pieces out. When I made the slippers a year and a half ago I cut the leather with scissors and an X-acto knife. It was a PAIN! This time borrowed a chisel and mallet from my husband. What a difference! This was quick and easy and painless. Anytime I work with leather in the future, I will absolutely use a chisel and mallet!
After cutting the pieces out I stabbed some sewing holes into them at regular intervals. Most people would use a proper awl for this. I don’t have one, so I appropriated another one of my husband’s tools for this purpose (I think this is some sort of electrical tool?). Pro tip: it helps to have a spouse that is handy! (Also, if you are borrowing tools, make sure you ask first!)
With my pieces cut out and holes stabbed, I sewed the leather pieces into place. When I made the slippers I sewed the leather on with nylon cord, which was a royal pain. This time I used a doubled strand of upholstery thread. Much easier to work with, and almost as durable.
And here the slippers are, good as new, and ready for another winter.
5 thoughts on “Make Do and Mend: Slippers Edition”
Those look great, Steph! I like the colors you used. Maybe I will start branching out in my crocheting. I’d like to start making wearable items.
Hey Karen! Long time no talk! You should definitely try it! Wearing something you have made feels incredible.
Great bit of darning and well done for sorting the soles. Hope they are not too slippy 🌷
Thank you! The leather soles do a great job keeping me from slipping.