Monday, April 1, 2013

Kimono Slipper Tutorial

Kimono Slipper Tutorial
By Lauren Mackey



Materials Needed:
Pattern  ( Cut to fit you. I have added a size conversion and measurement chart at the end.)
1/4 Yard Outer Material (I used canvas)
1/4 Yard Inner Material (I used fleece)
Optional: Lace/Ribbon, Puffy Paint, other things to decorate with.




1. Cut out pattern pieces. (A,B,C)














2. Pin shoe top pieces right sides together. (You will have two of the larger and two of the smaller) (B,C)



3. Sew only on the side with the concave curve. (B,C) {SEAM ALLOWANCE: 1/2 in}


4. Clip corners. (B,C)
























5. Iron right side out. (B,C)




6. Pin together the straight edges. (One big and one small) (B,C)



7. And sew. (B,C)




8. {OPTIONAL} Sew around stitched edge to create a finished look. (B,C) {SEAM ALLOWANCE: your preference (I think I used 3/8 in)}


9. Pin inner material piece A to Piece B/C right sides together, matching back seam with red triangle. (A,B,C)



10. Sew from blue dot to blue dot. (A,B,C) {SEAM ALLOWANCE: 5/8 in}





11. Pin outer material piece A to Piece B/C right sides together, matching back seam with red triangle. (A,B,C)
12. Sew from blue dot to blue dot. (A,B,C) {SEAM ALLOWANCE: 1/2 in}
(should look like a tulip when you open it up)



13. Turn right side out. (A,B,C)
14. Pin inner and outer piece C to inner piece A. (You may have to work at it to get it lined up properly) (A,C)



15. Sew from as close to blue dot as you can get to edge of piece C. (A,C) {SEAM ALLOWANCE: 5/8 in}


16. Pin inner and outer piece B to outer piece A. (A,B) 


17. And sew. (A,B) {SEAM ALLOWANCE: 1/2 in}

What it should look like.

18. Turn inside out.




19. Sew about two inches on each side. From blue dot to past piece B/C, matching seams. (make sure to sew all parts that are not sewed yet)



20. Finish the seams by using a zig-zag stitch or serger. Trim. 


21. Turn right side out. 
22. To finish, pin and sew together toe pieces lining up seams and zig-zagging or serging. Trim.


Finished Shoe!

You can decorate and cutomize. Some examples:

I added tags to the back and puffy paint to the bottoms to make them non-slip.





Shoes on!



63 comments:

  1. Hi Laurene, I was searching for a pattern of these slippers and found here. Thanks for the pattern and detailed tutorial. I appreciate your effort. I hope, I can make those as good as you have made. :)

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  2. This is so awesome! I can't wait to make these!!!

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  3. I have a pair of Goody Silk slippers and I was thinking that they are so very warm (and pricey!) that I would love to have another pair. Off to google slippers and then kimono slippers. Your tutorial looks so very detailed. I love the puffy paint idea.Thanks so much for taking the time to present it. Now, off to collect fabrics for a fun project - TheDiscerningDiva.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I loved the kimono slippers that I found online but they were way to pricy when I can sew them myself! I can make that myself for a fourth of the cost moment. :)

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  4. Thanks so much for this! Awesome work. One suggestion for the lining: instead of fleece, one can also recycle and use old shirts - soft and lighter. once again, many thanks!

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    1. Thanks! That's a really good idea- cheaper and easier to sew! :)

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  5. Thanks so much for this!!! Mine turned out pritty wrong, but they are still nice and cozy to wair!

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    1. They took me quite a few tries to get right!

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful pattern!! I can't wait to make a pair for myself, and if I can master the pattern, I might make some for my nieces for stocking stuffers.... thanks again for the effort you put into creating this tutorial and for sharing it with all of us.

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  7. Hey Lauren :) thank you so much for the tutorial! I will make them as a Christmas present! However I was wondering on your pattern the size 9 1/2 is that a US Canada size or is that in inches? I'm just a little confused about how to convert it... Thank you for your help

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  8. How do you convert the side/top pieces to be a smaller size?

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    1. I would use a scanner and scale them down. :)
      Or maybe someone that has made them before has a smaller size pattern that they have made.

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  9. hi there, in the middle of making these but need more fleece, didnt account for my bog feet lol! quick question, piece a needs 2 pieces of fab for 2 slippers and pieces b&c need 4, not 2 right? im so bad with written directions im getting hung up o this lol! thanks for any input!!

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    1. You will need four pieces of each pattern piece. If you are using the same fabric for the inside and outside, you should have four identical pieces of fabric for each pattern piece. If you are using two different fabrics (one for the inside and one for the outside), you should have two pieces of each fabric for each pattern piece. For two shoes, you should have 12 pieces.
      Hope this helps! :)

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  10. Lauren, I am making a pattern for a size 8 US slipper. I reduced the size of your pattern by 1/2 inch around, but am I supposed to reduce the other pieces the same amount? Sounds like a dumb question but the side and heel pieces don't seem deep enough if I reduce them all the way around. Thoughts??

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    1. You would probably be better off making the top pieces shorter, but you'll have to make sure its still tall in the back. I would take the pattern and fold it in the middle where its about the same width. You will probably have to experiment to find the right length. Longer is always better though. :)

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  11. I made these and love them!! Thank you for the tutorial. The only thing I was unclear about was when it said to turn it inside out lol i didnt get that i had to do the whole shoe until i saw it wasnt looking right. Lol. Thanks again!

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    1. I'm glad you like them! Sorry for the confusion, maybe i'll get some time to redo the tutorial. :)

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    2. Np, the end result is worth it. Now everyone wants some. I hope you didn't mind but I gave a whole lot of people the link to your page lol. They also loved the slippers! :)

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    3. Oh I wanted to ask. did you create this pattern yourself? Im trying to make my own patterns and just wondering how you got the idea.

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    4. That's awesome! I made it myself. I had a baby kimono shoe pattern that I loved and I wondered if I could make it big enough for me. I pretty much just traced my shoe and trial and errored the top piece. So glad you like it! :)

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    5. You did an amazing job! I have a question for you and would love to be able to email you. Is that possible?

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  12. Hi Lauren, I really like the shoe, but I'm having some trouble at instruction 6 and after. I have the 4 pieces of outer and inner parts sewn together at the concave part and pressed to be the right direction. (Does clipping the corners mean clip even spaces all around the concave part, or literally just clip the 2 corner edges of the concave part?). Could you help me figure out the part about sewing the straight edge and then fitting in part A to make the tulip / flower? Do I open up the 4 pieces after I pressed them and sew the straight edge with the right edges facing each other? Sorry, I'm not getting it as quickly as the others on this post. :0)

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    1. You open up B,C and attach pieces A to each side. Right sides together.
      You are correct :)
      You will want to clip as much as you can to make them curve good and not be bulky.

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  13. Hi. I love this design and am currently undertaking this project. However i am stuck at step 14, how do I attach the inner and outer peices C to Piece A? Same side opposite sides? Arggg Help!

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    1. Attach the top of the bottom piece to one side of the top. Attach C(inner, outer) to A (inner) insides together.
      :) Hope that helps

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  14. I just made these last night and put grippey fabric for slippers on the bottom. It worked out just great. I love them. so fun...

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  15. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern and the detailed tutorial... I can't wait to make my first pair of slippers...so needing a new pair!

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  16. Thank you for your great pattern!!!It was my dream to make my own pair of slippers!!!You can see the result on my blog :
    http://cosiadoru.canalblog.com/archives/2015/11/07/32863459.html
    I love them:)

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  17. would it be terribly hard to add a no slip Sole (think thts what you call the bottom of a slipper lol) I don't wanna ruin your pattern or anything is why im asking

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    1. You can buy non slip fabric that has the tiny dots on it, use paint like I did, add patches, or use plasti dip. It shouldn't be too hard to do any of those. :)

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  18. Thank you so much for posting this pattern and instructions. I have been searching for a pattern for stitched slippers to use up my scrap fabric. Off to my bins of fabrics now

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  19. Thank you so much for the step by step. I have searched all over for this pattern. I am going to make my grand kids slippers so when they are here they have warm feet. :-)

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  20. I tried this out it turned out really nice! and keep it up you work very nice Thanks! :D
    womens ballet flats

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  21. Thanks for your efforts!! So glad I found this!!!! Love them.

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  22. Lauren, people like you who take the time to share fabulous things like this make the world a better place. THANK YOU!

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  23. Thank you Lauren for this pattern, I wish you could do a Youtube video :) I am a visual learner.

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  24. Thanks for posting this.. I have been looking everywhere for women's memory foam slippers that I can make on my own. Thanks for providing a step by step guide to making the most comfortable and colorful slippers for women.

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  25. Hi Lauren, it is not quite clear to me if I should cut my fabric larger than the pattern for seam allowance around it or if the seam allowance is included in the pattern?
    Anyhow, thanks for posting it, these slippers look really cute and comfy!

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  26. amazing tutorial, Thank youuuu!!!
    But, I´m size 6 1/2 and I have no idea how to cut the pettern.... can you help me?

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  27. wonderful its really lovely i am sure these shoes are cozy too i want to share women's custom leather shoes site where ladies can design there own choice shoe and husband can give gift to his lady.

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  28. Thanks for the pattern! I love it! I made them in mustard coloured leather lined with fleece and they are so comfy.

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  30. hi, i love how these look and how simple the pattern is. i have to make independant slippers and these steps seem super easy, so ill be sure to make them for school!

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  31. hi, i love how these look and how simple the pattern is. i have to make independant slippers and these steps seem super easy, so ill be sure to make them for school!

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  32. Hello, thank you for posting your design and instruction for free.

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  33. Women slipper love it,ice way to represent all this and specialty the way of tutorial many users will loved it.

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  34. I can not find the pattern. Could you tell me where it is located?

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  35. I have the same problem. Can not find a drawing or A, B and C. Would love to make these!

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  36. Click on the word Pattern, under materials needed - on first page, under the first
    two photos of the slippers

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  37. Click on the word Pattern, under materials needed - on first page, under the first
    two photos of the slippers

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  38. On the first page, look under the words Materials Needed. You'll see the
    first word is Pattern. Click on this.

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  39. THank you so much - I am getting ready for a hysterectomy and desperately wanted a pretty pair of slippers that I could wear around the house. These are so lovely and I appreciate you sharing your pattern. I hope can do it justice. :D

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