How cute is this recycled sweater slippers pattern with a little fox face! This year, I was a part of a sewing collective for Betz White – you can check out all her lovely patterns and work on her website. I jumped at the chance to play with this adorable slipper pattern because I am a sucker for a woodland animal and always up for an upcycle. Orange wool sweaters are harder to find than you might think – so I ended up cannibalizing a previous cowl scarf project for these little critters.
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Recycled sweater slippers pattern
I used the Forest Friends Felted Slippers pattern*, which has three adorable options already included with a hedgehog, mouse, and raccoon. I think the sky is the limit for creativity – you could truly make these slippers into any animal. I think they’d also make a neat canvas for needle felting, if you remember my TSNEM experiment from earlier this year!
The pattern covers a big range, with three options to cover Kids sizes 8-13, Youth sizes 1-6 and Women’s sizes 5-9. The diagrams are clear and easy to follow, giving you hand sewing tips for the face with the rest of the slipper being machine sewn. I used my serger because kid slippers tend to take a beating when they’re yanked on and off all the time.
The sweater I had to work with had a cable knit, which seemed to prevent it from felting up as nicely as the examples in the photos – they feel a little more like slipper socks than slippers. I couldn’t find any matching wool felt so I just used snippets from the sweater for the ears and tail.
Showing off the foxy tails!
My son was pretty amused to have fox faces peeking up at him, and these will definitely fit the entire winter. The pattern suggests using puff paint on the bottom for a non-slip backing; you could also upcycle some suede or leather or use this non-slip fabric from Dritz*. I think appliqueing the suede or non-slip fabric on the bottom sole would be best – I used the Dritz stuff in the bottom of some footie pajamas and it felt really rough right up against the skin.
You can pin this recycled sweater slippers pattern for later, using this link and photo: