A while ago I mentioned that I participated in the Covert Robin handmade gifts exchange, I just received my gifts and my swap buddy also got the one I sent, so it’s time to share what I made, and what I got (this will be in another post.) !
My Covert Robin buddy is Kat from Modern Vintage Cupcakes in New Zealand. From her blog I knew she adores 40s and 50s styles and oh my! she sews a lot of nice and elegant dresses! Although I sometimes sew for myself too, I know very little about vintage style. As I read on, I found she is also a mom with little kid. There’re several thoughts running through my head about what to make for her, what fabric to use, and what kind of prints she may like. At last, I decided to make a pair of indoor slipper and a wet bag.
I have made a few adult and kid indoor slippers for family in the past. They keep the feet warm in cold season, I even wear them in summer because we have tile floor in the living room and kitchen area. So I guess she might like a pair of slipper too since New Zealand will be going into fall/winter soon. As for the wet bag, I just think maybe it’ll be convenient for a mom.
I used this wet bag tutorial by A Lemon Squeezy Home. The outside fabric is 100% cotton twill, and the lining fabric is PUL, which I got @HobbyLobby. PUL is mainly used for cloth diaper cover, the back side of PUL is waterproof (per product information.) so it’s suitable for wet bag.
As for the slipper, I chose to use two prints from Color Me Retro collection. In addition, I also used denim, fleece, cotton print, and linen from my stash. It’s an all-fabric slipper, so I need to use as many fabric as I can for the bottom (sole), so it’s firm enough and comfortable to the feet.
Here is how I made them:
1. The color me retro fabric I have(the flower in ruby-red) is a fat quarter. I compared it to my slipper pattern and cut out a rectangle that’s large enough for a pair of slipper bottom. Then I cut all the “batting fabrics” into the same size as the rectangle. I stacked them nicely together and quilted in about 3/4″ size diamond. Trace the slipper bottom pattern, cut them out and leave them aside.
PS. When stacking the fabrics, I always leave the denim on the very bottom (the layer that touches the floor). And I like the fleece in the 2nd layer (right under the pretty fabric.) as I think it makes the feet warm and comfortable.
2. Now for the slipper top. I quilted the lining fabric (Kitchenette in raspberry) with just one piece of fleece as batting. Trace slipper top pattern and cut them out. Also cut a pair of the slipper top with the exterior fabric (the flower in ruby-red).
3. With right sides together, stitch the top exterior and top lining along the lower curve. You can add piping, decorative trims in this step. Turn to right side, press, and top stitch. (I don’t normally add piping here, but just wanted to do something different this time~~)
4. Next, I hand basted the slipper top to the slipper bottom.
5. Lastly, bind the raw edges with bias tape and it’s done!
Because it’s all-fabric slipper, it’s machine washable. Usually I just put them in mesh laundry bag and wash them in washing machine. Then I reshape the slippers and hang them dry.
I heard from Kat about two weeks after I sent out the package. So happy it arrived safely and I feel relieved. She likes what I made and that makes me happy for days. This is the first time I participated in Covert Robin, I think I’ll be there next year too!
**This post is also on link party at Show and Tell Tuesday~