How to Make Slipper Soles

Written by sarah silverman
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How to Make Slipper Soles
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People tend to use many pairs of slippers during the course of a few years. That may be because the soles of slippers are not made of the most durable material. Sometimes it is hard to find just the right slippers that are both comfortable and look nice enough for casual wear. When you do find that pair, and the soles inevitably wear out, you can prolong your slippers' life by resoling them.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Felt slippers
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Suede
  • Punch
  • Hammer
  • Piece of wood
  • Needle
  • Thick thread

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  1. 1

    Place your slipper on top of a piece of paper on a flat surface. Trace around the slipper.

  2. 2

    Make a line across the tracing of your slipper just below where the ball of your foot ends to make the upper sole. Do the same in the spot right above where your heel sits for the lower sole.

  3. 3

    Cut out both sole shapes. Reduce the outer curved edges of the soles by ½ inch to make them slightly smaller than the bottom of the slipper.

  4. 4

    Put the suede face down on the table. Place the sole patterns on the suede and trace around them. Flip the sole patterns over and trace them again to make the shapes for the other slipper.

  5. 5

    Cut out the suede. Mark the suede pieces on the rougher side 1/8 inch from the edge and all around. Leave 3/8 inch between each mark for the site of a hole.

  6. 6

    Set the suede on the wood. Put the punch in place and hammer it to make the holes that you've marked.

  7. 7

    Place the suede pieces on the underside of your slipper and sew them through the punched holes to secure them.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a leather punch wheel to make the holes even more easily.
  • Do not cut out the suede until you are sure it is properly sized or you will end up wasting the costly material.

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