WhatIWore: Embroidered slippers have been a big trend for fall, but they seem to be SO expensive. So I made my own and you can too! I took my favorite critter (FOXES!) and embroidered them onto an inexpensive pair of slippers. Best of all, my mom and sis were in town and we all sat around the dining room table working on our respective crafts. Full DIY after the jump!
- Slippers (mine are Merona from Target for $20)
- Black, White and Orange Felt
- Black, White and at least 3 shades of Orange Floss
- Hot Glue Gun
First you’ll want to find an image of the fox (or other critter) you’d like to sew. I used the fox pictured above and made this pattern. I then traced it directly onto the felt, but flipped it over (to hide pen marks) when I started embroidering.
Here’s a breakdown of the colors and features of the embroidery (it’s also worth noting that these stitches only use half of the 6 threads that make up the floss):
1. Cut white felt as a guideline for your chin embroidery. This also let me space my white fur stitches a little more than if I didn’t have the guideline.
2. Using long stitches, cover chin and add a few hairs near ears.
3. Draw on eyes and nose, using your pattern as a guide. Embroider with black floss.
4. Using your lightest orange, embroidery around border of face using long, fur-like stitches.
5. With the darkest orange, embroider around eyes (smaller stitches) and inside ears (larger stitches)
6. Add definition to the snout with a medium orange. I also added long stitches above the eyes with this color.
Now that your embroidery is complete, you can cut out your fox face with a 1/4” to 1/8” border. BE CAREFUL! You can always trim it up, but you can’t add back!
Finally, apply your fox patches to your slippers. I’m usually hell bent on sewing everything, so I started whip stitching the foxes onto my shoes, but couldn’t quiet get the leverage to sew it all the way on, so I continued the whip stitch around the entire face, but used hot glue (very sparingly) to affix the remainder.
And there you have it! Will you make your own?!