Monday, January 21, 2019

Black & White Blog Hop ~ My Day!

Flannel and Fleece Winter Slipper Boots

for the 

Winter can be bitterly cold in the northeast.
Last night and today is one of these times. 
After snow and ice, it is sub-freezing.

It was -2 degrees Fahrenheit when I woke up this morning.
That is -18 degrees Celsius for  my international friends.

Today we are chipping ice off the steps and walks.

We keep the temperature low in the mid to upper 60s F in the daytime
and turn it down to 62 degrees  at night.
Our feet can feel very chilled.

Most of our floors are wood or laminate and many 
socks and fabric bottomed slippers can slip
and potentially cause falls,

So when I decided to make warm flannel and fleece boots for indoor wear 
I needed to get creative.

I started with this 

and made it better ...

by adding no- slip soles!

For the batting layer I used 

Fusible Fleece

and pressed it to the faux fur fleece for stabilizing this stretchy fabric.

The pattern directions were ... um ... okay.

In other words, I had one night of seam ripping  on the first boot where I almost
tossed the project and sewed an easy flannel quilt instead.

Here are my lessons learned:

When the pattern says sew from "Mark 1" 
to the "Center Back" seam ...

... it means sew the top seam,
leaving the bottom open.

Then sew the upper curved seam of the outer fabrics,
right sides together on the top of the foot
from Mark 2 to Mark 1.

Then sew the top of the foot lining fabrics,
right sides together,
from Mark 2 to Mark 1

The bottom seam will be open 
to sew to the completed sole units 

Here is how I made the no-slip soles:

I cut three pieces for each sole,

1) flannel (this will be the inside layer
to be soft for the foot.

2) Soft and Stable White Stabilizer By Annie 

3) the no-slip sole ... 
for this purpose I cut the outer sole pieces from

This shelf liner material

It is the same stuff I used in my very popular

The heavy duty built in walking foot on my Janome
has no issues stitching this rubbery synthetic shelf liner
or these three layers together 1/8" around the edge.

To sew the top to the soles,
place the flannel right side to the no slip sole side
and, starting at the heel, 
sew around the edge with a 1/4" seam
easing around the curves.

I did not pin or clip;
I just held the layers together as I sewed.
You may want to pin if you are not experienced
with sewing curved seams.

I hope you have enjoyed this project.

My hubby really liked this one.
Just as I was finishing the second boot,
he came into the sewing room and took one look 
and asked me to make him some.

I am going to have to figure out how to enlarge the pattern soon.

These will make good gifts.

Be sure to visit all the wonderful stops today! 

Monday, January 21st

Just Let Me Quilt

Needled Mom
Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Life in Scrapatch (you are here)
Bumbleberry Stitches
keepsake moments
Vroomans Quilts

Thanks to
Carla @ Creatin' in the Sticks
for organizing this fun hop!

 Carla is hosting a great giveaway

Happy Blag Hopping! 


  1. So cute and warm looking. Thank you for the free pattern link also. The rubber shelf liner works well for many projects, doesn't it?

  2. Those are super cute! I think I need to make some really soon!

  3. Those boots look super comfy and I'm sure it will be nice and toasty. Enjoy.

  4. Could you ship the boots over to me, my feet are freezing! Just kidding, they are gorgeous and look so warm and cozy!

  5. Oh my gosh, those turned out so cute! Pattern instructions can be tricky sometimes. What makes sense to the maker, doesn't always translate to paper. I'm glad you figured it out and thanks for sharing the tips.

  6. Oh my, but they look toasty warm! I love your black and white plaid fabric, too. Great finish!

  7. Great looking boots. So very warm for a cold winter. Sometimes you just have to smile about pattern instructions.

  8. Those look soooooooo cozy! I could really use a pair during this Artic blast!

  9. These are crazy cute. My sister just moved back to the north east from FL. I just have to make her a pair. Thanks for the link and the tips. Great job.

  10. I just love these slipper boots! Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us. Will save us lots of troubles!


  12. I LOVE these! Your fabric choices are fabulous and your sole ideas are great. I'll bet they feel incredibly soft and warm too. I think I need to make a pair for myself.

  13. They look SO cozy and warm! Thank you for sharing your project.

  14. Uhhh I want those slippers! great job on them!

  15. Oh, very nice. My cold feet here in Michigan think I should sew up a pair of these today! Thank you for the tips and sharing the pattern link.

  16. Thanks for the free pattern. I have seen these boots a few times on the net, and now I have to make some, too. I also have some non-skid fabric that has been waiting to have a project. Now I am set! And I appreciate your pointers, they save me from having to learn the hard way. Thanks for inspiring me.

  17. what a great idea. thank you for the pattern and the extra helpful instructions.
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  18. Love your take on black and white. I think I may have to make a pair of these.

  19. These sleepers look nice and warm. How long do the bottoms last before replacing?

  20. Oh, Pat, I love these. What a great idea. Thank you for the pattern and a huge thank you for joining the B&W Hop. Your post is fantastic!

  21. It;s like sewing clothes - the patterns are never explicit or sometimes even correct. These do look very comfy and warm. Love the idea of the shelf liner for the bottoms.

  22. Those came out so cute! Love them! I've been using the grippy shelf liner for years for non-slip soles - it's so much cheaper (and better IMO) than the pricey specalized fabric made for this purpose.

  23. Your boots turned out very cute. Good idea to use the shelf liner. I use them to keep my sewing pedal from wandering away.

  24. Oh my goodness. I sure didn't expect to see a pair of snuggly warm boot slippers in the hop today... but WOW!!! They are fabulous. I love it and I'm so glad you didn't throw the whole thing away after the trouble with the first one.

  25. Thanks for sharing the link for the slipper pattern. I love it when a project is "husband approved."

  26. Those turned out awesome, Pat! Your home will love them! Thanks for clarifying the pattern in case I make a pair for myself! Thinking about it today with a winter storm that has already dumped 8 inches of snow this morning alone, and is expected to continue until tomorrow morning! I even have shelf liner...

  27. Great slippers! Love the idea of the shelf liner for the bottom soles.

  28. These look very warm! It's really cold in the southeast today also! Thanks for sharing the pattern link!

  29. Those are cute and so tempting to make...but, I'm not sure that I would be able to, seeing your troublesome spots! I would have tossed them at the first sign of, "What the heck to I do?"

  30. Oh! And I have a huge roll of the non slip liner that my daughter gave me. I need to put it to use!

  31. So cozy and perfect for the ongoing cold front. Just add hot chocolate with marshmallows!

  32. Very nice. They sure look cozy. Thanks for sharing and the tips on the pattern.

  33. Those are awesome - well done!

  34. These are cute, CUTE, c.u.t.e. I was just looking at my slippers thinking I need to get a new pair - a warmer pair. I have a ton of sherpa in the closet, just begging to be made in to some slippers. Very creative! AND CUTE! ~smile~ Roseanne

  35. Wait...WHAT? Non-Slips? Oh wow! Your boots are oh so smart and clever. Thank you for sharing your talents!

  36. Very cool tytyty I will have to give this a

  37. What a great project , thanks for sharing

  38. I totally love these slipper boots. Thanks so much for showing how you made them.

  39. These are fantastic! It's great to see something a bit different and so useful in a hop :)

  40. Great job! So cozy looking and can be for a guy or gal in black and white! My boys would definitely wear them around town if they could!!

  41. Pat, cute slipper boots! Brrrr - I can't imagine 62 at night. Of course, I have fibromyalgia and sleep under an eletric throw. Actually, I sit under it most of the day, too. A friend got it for me for Christmas. It has 10 settings and it will stay on for 10 hours, yes 10 hours. I am thrilled. I had finally given in and gotten out the heating pad and it was kicking off after not a very long time. This is wonderful on my muscles/bones/whatever. I have it on a low temperature. My skin is very sensitive and I have to keep it low. I am going to have to try the slipper boots - they are just "the bee's knees!" I wouldn't have thought to use shelf liner - I would have bought the expensive stuff. Thanks for the tips. Susan

  42. What an unexpected project for the Black and White Blog Hop! Fun (and cozy, too!)

  43. What a wonderful project, and thanks for the help with the pattern. I can't wait to make these for myself and grandkids. I asked my husband if he wanted a pair and he said, "They are nice, but I already own a really great pair of slippers." I think I'll make him another pair just because I like these so much. :-)

  44. How awesome and how unique... I love them, I'm glad you didn't throw them away after the first mistake. I bet they are nice and warm and very comfy... I wouldn't mind a pair of those myself. :)

  45. I want to make a pair of these terrific slippers!


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