Thursday, July 25, 2013

FO: FL's Recycled Slippers

You remember a couple of days ago, I mentioned assassinating FL's slippers in the boil-wash?
Well, I was determined to save them.  Simple Shoes went out of business some time ago and I haven't come across another company which makes its slippers entirely out of recycled materials.
Apart from ripped felt on their upper surfaces, and detached crepe soles, they were, to borrow FL's favourite phrase: "Perfectly good!"
I thought about embroidering them with thick crewel wool, but the padded upper surface was not exactly needle-friendly.  And FL has such a difficulty with the iconography of logos / emblems / motifs that I was at a loss to know what sort of pattern to use.
Then I remembered:  we have had a spate of sock-felting recently.  I am always careful to wash our handknit socks separately, but there have been a couple of hidden-up-the-trouser-leg catastrophes.  These socks, the Nexus Sock pattern were quite hard to knit, and I was loathe to throw them out, even though they were too far gone to wear as socks.
So I decided to make use of their felted quality and cut them up to make new uppers for the unfortunate slippers!
My method was simply to pull the sock over the slipper, cutting off the cuff and heel, and slicing up the middle of the sole to ease out the fabric to fit.  I then stitched round the upper edges with tough sewing thread and a darning needle, turning under about an inch to the inside of the foot-hole (where the tongue would be on a lace-up shoe). One shoe had a hole at the heel, so I used one of the purple sock-heel sections to cover that.  I like the mis-matched look! ;)
Finally, I got a tube of "Serious Glue" and stuck the soles back on, enclosing the edge of the sock, and finished off by covering the raw edges of knitting with a scrap of heavy-duty cotton ric-rac.
I will need to keep an eye on the soles, as I am not sure if I applied enough glue.  I wouldn't want to be the cause of a trip hazard.  But apart from that, I am ridiculously pleased with my efforts!
FL chortled.
Under the circumstances, I view that as a success!




22 comments:

Rae said...

These are absolutely bloomin' fantastic - I love them and it's just the sort of thing I would do too! If I can get another few months' wear out of something by altering/adapting/franken-sewing it, it makes me sooo happy! Great job done :)

blue hands said...

I chortle too! Good on ya.

Nicki said...

How very satisfying. I love it when a catastrophe comes good, must be even better when you rescue two things simultaneously!

christinelaennec said...

You are a genius, Roobeedoo! These look even better than they were before.

mali said...

Absolutely brilliant!!!!!

beate grigutsch said...

fantastic!

beate grigutsch said...

fantastic!

Nessie said...

Brilliant job!! I have hand felted slippers from scratch, using wool tops- takes a bit of elbow grease. Your w/machine has already done all the hard work for you.

RebeccaHoward said...

They look fantastic. I like them better than the originals!

Jodie said...

I hope you chortled too (at least on the inside). Awesome save!

LinB said...

Nice save! Plus you get "Virtuous Wife" points.

LLBB said...

Clever! Let us know if they turn out to be an equal replacement.

Twelfthknit said...

Necessity is indeed the mother of invention. You've done a great job.

ravelledsleeve said...

They look great!

trixiebacon said...

Excellent result. Well done!

Kirsty said...

What a fantastic idea and great result!!

MaryinTN said...

Job well done Roo!!!! Love the updated slippers and hope FL will find them to be more comfortable than before!

jessica said...

Spectacular! These look soooooo awesome. Sorry to hear about FL's latest turn - your concern is totally understandable, I'd be worried too. It's good to get your concerns out, though, and not floating around your head! We're totally hear to listen and support and bob our heads in encouragement, or just to hold your thoughts as you ruminate.

On a separate note --- OMG, tres tardy, but I made up a blouse with the red roses fabric! Wearing it as I type. This fabric is something genius, it took a totally shoddy self-drafted pattern and made it into gold! (Rubies? Haha, you KNOW it is the Roo-bee-licious Top, get it, Rubylicious ... I know, I am so clever, *pats self on back.* Guess how long I've been sitting on THAT name?) Will coerce brother into snapping photo and then I will send on to you! You know what? We need to start having theme days, whereby we wear our same-fabric-garments on the same day and snap photos of how we styled them! Sadly, though, I donated the mustard linen skirt I made b/c I didn't like the fit, so we are down to 2 garments for this challenge. Hm. I need to start buying fabric in 4m lengths.

kbenco said...

Impressive save, two, or should it be 4 things at once, and those slippers look rather creatively robust and disaster proof now, though I hope they don't need boiling again.

Alice said...

These are so cosy and quirky looking! I would buy them if I saw them for sale. They are like an old, much loved teddy bear.

Joy said...

I agree - I think you can consider these a success!

acharmofmagpies said...

These are flaming genius! They look fabulous and what a brilliant mend.