How to make a leather sole for a knitted slipper

Written by heidi a. reeves
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Knitted slippers keep your feet warm and cosy during the winter months, but they'll also have you sliding across the floor unless you add some traction to the slippers' bottoms. If you want to add nonslip soles to your knitted slippers, but you don't want to spend a lot of money on premade leather soles, make your own with some scrap leather. Making leather slipper soles takes little time, and they will give your knitted slippers a finished look.

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Things you need

  • Knitted slippers
  • Paper
  • Fine-tipped permanent marker
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Piece of leather or suede
  • Scrap wood
  • Leather punch
  • Hammer

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  1. 1

    Place the knitted slipper, sole-side-down, on a piece of paper and trace around its bottom edge.

  2. 2

    Make a template, using the outline of the slipper as a guide. Draw the template with edges that fall a half-inch short of the slipper's outline.

  3. 3

    Cut out the template and place it on the bottom of your slipper to check the fit. The template should hit right at the edges of the slipper bottom.

  4. 4

    Cut away the middle part of the template if you only want the soles to cover the heel and toe of your slippers. When you cut away the middle piece, you should have two u-shaped templates. Cut away any angled edges to create curved corners.

  5. 5

    Place a piece of leather or suede on your work surface. The rougher side of the material should face upward; this is the wrong side.

  6. 6

    Trace around the templates with a fine-tipped permanent marker and cut them out with a pair of sharp scissors.

  7. 7

    Mark sewing holes on the wrong side of the leather or suede soles, using your permanent marker. Place sewing holes 1/8 inch from the edge of the sole and space them about 3/8 inches apart.

  8. 8

    Place the marked soles on a piece of scrap wood, position a leather punch over the first sewing mark, and hammer the top of the punch to create a sewing hole. Repeat for all of the sewing holes.

Tips and warnings

  • Sew your leather slipper soles in place with heavy-duty polyester or cotton-wrapped polyester thread.

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