I love coming up with my own patterns, but sometimes it's more practical to use a pre-existing one. Like for these slipper socks. Having 3 kids with ever growing feet, it was a lot simpler to buy a pattern with all the sizes included than keep resizing my own over and over. I used The Green Pepper's Polar Socks pattern (bought at my local Jo-Ann's) because it had all the baby & kids sizes AND sizes for adults.
I really enjoyed this pattern. And no, I'm not being compensated to tell you about it - I just thought this was too good not to share a great sewing find! It's only got 3 pieces and is super fast to make - I whipped out four pairs in less than an hour total, so it's ideal for any skill level. There are two styles to make (calf length and knee high). And the sizing is just perfect - they even have wide versions included too.
I make some with ultra cuddle like the penguins above and others with anti-pill fleece. They all feel heavenly (the kids don't want to take them off!!). All 3 pairs for my kids used fabric from my scrap bin, so that was an added bonus. It also doesn't hurt that they look really cute on.
I did make a few slight changes. The first being that I used FOE (Fold Over Elastic) as the finishing trim instead of fiddling around with making some ribbing like the pattern suggests. FOE is way easier - just sew the short ends together and then fold over the edge and sew into place with a triple zig-zag stitch:
And to make a fun pair for my 9yr old I cut out some eyes and a forked tongue from some small scraps, sewed on some buttons to make his into some slipper snakes:
The other thing I did was to sew on some Odegon DeOdor Tags to the inside soles:
These patches neutralize odors, are totally washable & chemical free. They seemed ideal for using in fleece slippers which tend to be worn a lot, but not exactly washed daily. I mean how many people wash their slippers every day?? And if you have young kids you know they get some sweaty little feet running around. So these tags will keep the stinkies at bay in between washings.
Add a little puff paint on the bottoms to give some anti-slip grip and they're all set! I totally plan to make more of these slipper socks (my idea of a perfect & simple gift idea).
Have a great weekend everybody:)
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