Sorry for the bad pun and for not posting any cookie pictures lately. Until the Mario cookies, this month, I hadn’t made any since Christmas. I have been having fun sewing. I bought myself another sewing machine, after my old one was about to drive me to throw it out the window.
Here is a little background on this project:
I needed to steam clean the carpets in the house. We took all the furniture out of the living room and moved it into other rooms. It is amazing how noticeable dirty carpet is when you have moved everything out. After I steam cleaned the carpets, I decided that if I am going to make the carpet last, I will have to enforce a “no shoes inside” policy. It’s going very well so far. The kids are my carpet police. They are doing a great job, too.
So…if you are going to have this kind of rule in your house, then you have to have shoe covers (for when you have your shoes laced up and you forgot your keys on the counter) or house slippers (so you don’t have to wear socks or hurt yourself when you step on a Lego) . I made both. I did a TON of Google image searching. Finally, I found a couple of websites that I really liked. The shoe covers were pretty easy to make. For the ones in the picture, I used some material that I have had for about 20 years. A few suggestions, if you are going to make them. 1) When measuring, make sure you are using the bulkiest shoe you have. I used my husband’s Timberland boots, that way they would fit his shoes and mine. If you have kids, make them for the biggest shoe, the other kid(s) will make it work and eventually grow into them. 2) If you are using material that is difficult to feed elastic through, leave two holes when sewing the seam. Feed the elastic halfway, pull it through, and then finish feeding it back to the starting point. Then sew up both holes. 3) For the bottom to be flat, as you can see in the picture. I sewed a 2″ perpendicular line on both corners in the inside. Like the bottom of a purse or shopping bag. 4) If you plan on using something other than an old vinyl tablecloth, think about the weather in your area. If it rains a lot, you don’t want to use material that water will soak straight through. Then, what’s the point of making the covers?
The house slippers were very tedious because I added more steps to her pattern. A lot of cutting, pinning and sewing, but I was glad I made adjustments. A few tips…1) I suggest making the patterns out of thick paper (A paper bag or cereal box). I made two patterns, one for the vinyl and the other for the fabric and batting, (which I made only a 1/4″ bigger. She suggests sewing 1/2″ and then cutting off excess, but I hate to waste material and time.) 2) I cut out 3 pieces of fabric (she only has 2). I cut out the main print, one bottom piece (which does show a little, so make sure it matches main fabric print), and a generic middle piece (won’t be seen, unless your main fabric is white/see through). So, when you layer the pieces to sew (starting at top to bottom)…the main fabric with right side facing down… then right side of the bottom matching piece facing up… batting… and then generic piece. The reason I added a generic piece is because my machine does not grip batting very well. When you turn the material after sewing, the generic piece will end up on the inside, facing the wrong side of main fabric. (see picture) 3) Never pin vinyl! The holes will never disappear. I used snap hair clips.
I wear mine all the time and so does my daughter. My son, not so much. I may have to alter the “fabric between the toe” design for him and just have a thick strap across the foot. Maybe, if I am feeling adventurous on the next pair…LOL
P.S. I used some of the leftover Star Wars material and made a steering wheel cover. I never realized how much a cover helps with the hot sun. I am really going to love it this summer! Enjoy.