How to add soles to knit slippers

Written by heidi a. reeves
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Adding soles to your hand-knit slippers will prevent holes from wearing through the knitted fabric and will give them traction. Attach soles to newly-knit slippers or add soles to rescue your favourite pair from wearing out. The process is easy and takes just a short amount of time.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Knitted slippers
  • Suede slipper soles with pre-punched sewing holes
  • Tapestry needle
  • Fingering weight yarn

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  1. 1

    Find suede slipper soles in the appropriate size. Choose a sole large enough to comfortably fit your foot. Make sure the knitted slipper bottom fits into the sole.

  2. 2

    Thread a tapestry needle with fingering weight yarn that is the same shade as the yarn you used to knit your slippers. Tie a knot at the end.

  3. 3

    Fit the suede sole around your hand-knit slipper.

  4. 4

    Sew through the first pre-punched hole on your suede sole, beginning inside the slipper and sewing out.

  5. 5

    Pull the thread to tighten the stitch and sew back into the knitted slipper, right above the suede sole's edge.

  6. 6

    Sew through the slipper's interior and through the sole's next pre-punched hole.

  7. 7

    Repeat the steps above until you have sewn through all the pre-punched holes and the remaining sewing yarn is inside the knitted slipper.

Tips and warnings

  • You can find suede slipper bottoms at many yarn stores. You can also purchase them at online yarn stores, like Paradise Fibers (see Resource below).

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