Begin by printing the Slippers Fairy Shoes Pattern and cutting out the pieces of the slippers or fairy shoes. In this tutorial, the focus will be on the slippers; however, techniques for constructing the shoes are the same.
Preparing the Insole
Trace the sole patterns onto a piece of card stock (a thick piece of paper) or thin cardboard. This will be the shoe insole.
TIP: When I purchase “Fat Quarter” of fabric, I keep the cardboard inside to reuse for shoes and creating patterns. For those new to sewing, a Fat Quarter is a small square of fabric often used for quilting.
Cut out the shoe insole you have just traced. I find it easiest to cut the insoles using a smaller scissors.
TIP: Mark one insole with an “R” for right shoe, and the other insole with “L” for left shoe. You don’t want to end up with two shoes pointing left or right.
Creating the Upper Part of the Slipper
Iron the piece of fleece using a hot setting on your iron. When finished, you will see that one side of the fleece looks ruffled and messy while the other side appears smooth. The smooth side will be the outside of your slipper.
Using a Sharpie marker, trace the upper pattern onto the fleece’s ruff side. Be sure not to press so hard that the fabric becomes saturated with ink. If you’re using traditional fabric, use a gel pen to trace the pattern.
Cutting Out the Upper
Now you are ready to begin trimming away the excess fabric in order to create the upper parts of the slippers. As you trim away the excess fabric, stay inside the lines left behind by the Sharpie. By doing this, you are ensuring to not have any marker stains on the fabric. If you miss any, don’t worry. Grab your cuticle scissor and trim away the bits of marker ink. If you look closely, you will see that the marker mostly covers the fuzzy part of the fleece, but doesn’t really saturate the fabric.
Now that all the pieces have been cut out and prepared, you’re ready to move on to Step 2.