How to make rubber-soled slippers

How to make rubber-soled slippers

Most people own a pair of slippers or two,

but this craft is so easy and inexpensive that you can make dozens of pairs in a variety of colors and prints. You’ll first need a piece of rubber which you can purchase at a home and garden store, some department stores, or just purchase a cheap pair of flip-flops, strictly for the rubber sole. If you’ve purchased a slab of rubber, draw around a well-fitting shoe, slipper, or you’re barefoot.

Allow an inch and a half extra in length for attaching the upper part of the slipper. If you’re using the flip-flops, cut off straps, but do not leave holes in the flip-flops. If the strap goes through a hole, then attaches at the bottom of the flip-flop, just cut the strap off evenly with the top of the sole. Place fabric glue in the hole to hold the remainder of the strap in place.

Use a sturdy, yet pliable fabric for making the rest of the slipper. Soft denim, flannel, or tapestry fabric will hold up through many washes. You can measure and draw the pattern out on pattern paper, or simply take a rectangular piece of cloth, slightly longer and wider than your foot measurement, to begin the pattern. To measure and draw the pattern, place foot on a rubber sole and place a dot on the rubber where you’ll begin measuring, on the instep, towards the heel.

Measure from a few inches in front of the heel, where the instep begins, up and over the front of the foot, back down to the outward side of the foot, a few inches in front of the heel. Where you start and where you stop should be directly opposite of each other on the rubber sole. Draw this curve on your pattern. Now measure from the dot to around the toes, and back to where you previously ended, on the outward side of the foot.

Draw this second curve on the pattern paper, above the first curve. Cut out 2 pattern pieces. Instead of making a paper pattern, use a rectangle of the fabric to lay across the top of the foot, while standing on the rubber. Cut the fabric from the side of the foot, around the toes, back to the opposite side, and then cut from the instep, around the front of the ankle, to the other side. Cut two of these pieces to make the pair of slippers.

There are a few different ways to attach the cloth to the rubber sole, one of them is glue. Hot glue works quickly but will fall apart during laundering. Fabric glue holds better, is washable, and is easy to use. Squirt the fabric glue on the rubber, a little at a time, as you go from instep, around toes, to the outward side of the foot, attaching fabric as you go.

You might have to make tiny puckers in the toe area to get the cloth on evenly. Depending upon how thick the rubber is, you can clamp the cloth until it dries, with clothespins or hair clamps. You can also use very small tacks or nails to stick the fabric to the rubber, but make sure these are well-covered with the trim you’ll put on.

To cover the glued or tacked areas, use a decorative braided rope, cording, or welt to edge the slippers. Start by gluing the rope to the slipper piece which goes across the top of the foot.

Then, starting at the very back, go around the side of the slipper with the cord, across the front, and around the other side, then back where you started. Put clamps on the toe area and where the first piece of rope meets the second piece, on each side. Let dry completely, and then wear with pride.

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