Sunday, April 12, 2009

TUTORIAL ~ Make your own Ballet Slippers & A Giveaway!


Ballet Slippers


Here's an easy way to make some really cute slippers! Hopefully my instructions will be easy to understand! There are other ways to make these, but this is probably the easiest way. Make any changes where you prefer.

I'm a size 7.5 ( My foot measures 24.5cms) so the pattern is to fit me - please adjust to fit.

First of all, download 'Slipper base' template & 'Slipper top' template. Print, this will be your template to cut your fabic. If your foot is larger, I would say adding the extra length of your measured foot to the tails of the slipper top and to the sole would make for a perfect fit.


I'm using a cute print form Moda's Wonderland Bloom! Along with Moda Essential Dots for the inside fabric.

You will need to cut:

Base ~ 4 from wadding, 2 from interfacing, 2 inside peices and 2 bottom peices - You may want to find some non slip fabric for this, or something a little more durable.

*Make sure you flip your template so you have a left & right foot peice!

Slipper top ~ 2 from you feature fabric, 2 from wadding, 2 from the medium interfacing & 2 from your inside fabric to match the base.



Once you have all your peices cut, assemble them as shown below -
Base: Bottom peice, Interfacing, 2x wadding peices (for extra padding) and then your inside peice.

Slipper top needs to assembled - wadding peice, Inside peice (facing up) and the feature peice (facing down) so fabric is right sides together, then interfacing on top.





Once you have pinned them, stitch around each base holding all 5 layers together


Then sew around the inner curve of your top peice


Unpin the top peices, and you will need to pull the top fabric around to the other side ~ wiggle and press till nice and flat.





Topstitch around the inner curve...


Pin the tails of the top peice with feature fabric (top fabric) right sides together, sew along the edge securely - here I've added a binding to hide the edge or you can leave it raw.



Pin the top section to your base with your feature fabric and outside of bottom peice to the inside.


Carefully sew around the outside edge ensuring you're sewing through all layers really well, overlock or zig zag around the edge too.





Turn inside out - and you have a lovely pair of Ballet Slippers

Now embellish! These ones got a little bow on each side.



These got some cute crochet lace...



Again some crochet lace with some little buttons!

And finally some pink Ric Rac! Yo-yo's would be a great idea too!



Well I hope that was easy enough to understand - a bit confusing when I read back through it afterwards, but I tried.


I'd love to hear your feedback, and see pic's of finished slippers! Please feel free to email me at charjen1@optusnet.com.au if you need any further info.


As an extra bonus - A Givaway!

** Giveaway is now closed - Congratulations to Vicki from Tozz's Corner! She picked the middle pic slippers with crochet lace & buttons! They've just been posted off to her. I hope you like them Vicki!

If you blog about and link to this tutorial you'll get added to the draw to win one of the finished slippers pictured in the last 3 photo's! Winner gets to choose which pair they want. Simply leave a comment on this post to let me know that you've posted & linked to this tutorial. One entry per blog.


Entries will close on Friday 17th April at midnight Australian time. I'll let you know a winner on Saturday morning. Please ensure I can contact you. Slippers are size 7.5 (UK size 5) so if they are not quite your size they would be perfect for a gift.


Best wishes everyone - have fun sewing!


Jenelle

38 comments:

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Janelle,
Oh how I'd love to win a pair of those gorgeous slippers. Hm, do you think I could squeeze my size 9 feet into them.
OK, I'll have to do my math and work out how to make a pair in my size. Any help much appreciated.
Hugs, Anna

our shabby cottage said...

Hi Jenelle, WELL DONE! This is a great tutorial - I'm going to give these a go for sure! Thanks for posting it. I'll let you know how I get on! Kathryn. XX

shabbydreaming said...

THANKS YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! OMG!!! my Gorgeous gifts arrived today!! I cannot thank you enough, what a kind and wonderful thing to do, you truely made my week!! I shall be doing a post soon to show off my goddoes!!
Thanks again SOOO much!!
Mandii
xxoo

i cant sew said...

thanks for dropping by again jenelle. those slippers are the bomb especially as the weather is starting to cool, well in brisbane it is cool one day and hot the next! have a great week.
%*_*% rosey

rachel griffith said...

oh how cute!!!

maria clara said...

THANK YOU JENELLE, FOR YOUR COMMENTARY!!! MAKE ME HAPPY THAT YOU LIKE IT(HIM,HER)!!! REGARDS FROM HERE!!! And I CONTINUE VISITING YOUR WONDERFUL WORKS!!!

Veronica said...

HELLO: I LOVE THIS BLOG, AND THESE SHOES, AM OF ARGENTINE, CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOUR WORKS, A GREETING, VERO

Mr Lee said...

So cute!Well done.Your makes are wonderful.Good luck.Welcome to our blog
http://china-cutter.blogspot.com/

Judith Tetley said...

Hi Janelle...love your slippers and the size would fit my Mum to a T (that's if they don't fit me first....lol). Please include me in your draw.
Love your blog.
Kind Regards
Judith
www.creativestudio10.blogspot.com

Tozz said...

Would love to be in the draw also :) if they dont fit me then they will fit my Mum-in-law, I have linked it to my blog too :)

clare's craftroom said...

They are so nice and look really comfy .

Purpleflowerpatch said...

Jenelle, they are SOOO gorgeous!! I have blogged about your tutorial and giveaway on my blog. I'm Jenny from www.elefantz.blogspot.com

Ruth B said...

I don't have a blog but I was sent here by Jenny at elefantz and I love your slippers! Thank you for generously sharing the directions.

Jeannette said...

Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial, my daughter is looking for soft shoes to match a dress how ideal we can make to suit.

Khris said...

These slippers are so cool. I love them..am going to blog about them right now over on my freebie blog freebiesforcrafters.blogspot.com
Hugs Khris

MYRA said...

What a great tutorial for adorable slippers! Thanks for sharing Jenelle! 8-)

Carlotta said...

Thanks for sharing this tutorial. Can't wait to give them a try.
~Tootles for now!

shelia said...

they are gorgeous. what a great mothers day gift they would be :)
i'll link on my blog too!

Le Bec said...

They're lovely! Sadly I'm not sure my sewing skills would stretch to slippers.

Em said...

Thanks for posting this tutorial I can't wait to give it a try. I have also blogged about you today on www.emmaroseart.blogspot.com drop by and say hi! Love your blog - I'll be back.....

Ashlee said...

Ooh - I want to drive home right now and whip some up! Or I might even make them out of copier paper and staples here at the office. Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

casserole said...

These are so pretty!!! It's killing me that I have to work today, because I really want to be making myself a cool new pair of slippers!

I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing Blog: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-sew-a-pair-of-ballet-slippers/2009/04/20/
--Anne

Kerrie said...

What a beautiful site! your tutorial is wonderful, can't wait to make the slippers. God Bless, Kerrie

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şehnaz said...

very very good......süper......

Tissi said...

Hi! I really love your slippers , they're so cute!!
I was looking for a tutorial and I found your amazing one :)
thank you so much, I'll try to do a pair and I'll let you have a pic about.
XX Simona

NorthernSuze said...

Hi, I was looking at your slippers and thought they would be excellent to fit a molded insole inside. Unfortunately I don't seem to be able to download the pdf files... Is there some way I can access them?

Thank you
Suze

Regina G said...

Thank you so much for this pattern. I just made a pair for my Mom, who is about to have surgery. I made a few changes I use a tight knit shefliner for the sole and they tured out wonderful. I don't know how to post a photo but if I could I would!! You rock!!

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Kudzu said...

thank you so much for creating this pattern, i was looking all over for some, and i love these! i am also going to use the shelf liner and see how it works, but i have some old suede jackets ready to cut up for soles just in case!
kudzu

Kalei said...

thought this was wonderful. I will be making a small version for my toddler girls to wear for some upcoming fancy dress weddings. my 3 year old is the flower girl and I want her to have "comfortable" shoes that match the fancy dress they got for her.

Thanks! I will have to let you see the finished product!

Mad About Pink said...

what a great tutorial... I was wondering if you wanted to share one on my blog. Espcially for MAd about Pink as a guest post.

FlorDeLunaCreations said...

hI.. i WOULD LOVE TO MAKE THESE BUT WHERE IS THE PATTERN LOCATED??? IM LOST LOL

AikoVenus said...

So cute! I've always wondered how to make these. ^^

Hrnakshi Joashi said...

The ones I'm using right now have a split sole and are a bit different (they have a joint running along the sole.) I'm quite used to them but these look so pretty? Will I be able to dance in these?

eep said...

I adore these slipper, but the pattern is deleted. Does anyone know where I can find it?
Thanks!
Erin

Tea Cottage Pretties said...

OMGoodness these are toooo cute. I am so making some for myself. I make handbags and now I can make house shoes to match. :) Thank you for your lovely tutorial!!! Beverly Tea Cottage Pretties PS I found you through PINTEREST.

Karie Ball said...

This tutorial was GREAT!!! I really didnt think I could do it, but I really wanted to make my grandmother some slippers for Christmas. I followed the instructions step by step and they are beautiful!! Thank You!