Dad loved his felted slippers that I made him for Christmas 2007. In fact, this past summer I had to mend them just so he could keep wearing them. For his birthday (in April) I planned to make him a new pair.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to knit them in time, but he understood. I finished them a while ago, felted them and let them dry. I brought them over to my dad’s house tonight so I could put the leather soles on and see how they fit.
For the suede bottoms, I got a piece of scrap leather from the fabric store and traced the slippers. Then I added 1-2 inches around and cut out the bottoms. To cut holes for my needle, I used a leather belt-hole cutter. I set the holes about 1cm apart all around the edge about 0.5cm from the edge of the fabric. Then I pinned the heel, the toe, and the sides so the sole wouldn’t slip while I sewed it to the slipper. The only problem is because they are not fitted (like the soles you buy from Fiber Trends) they have puckered slightly around the edges.