My bunny slippers have been waiting for this mend for a little while, so today it happened. Here’s how I
patched up the worn out bottoms of my plush slippers. You could probably use this method to add extra grip to a new pair, as well.
- Two sheets of felt, or enough to cut out two pieces for the bottoms
- Skid-protection padding (I found mine at Target, but they should be available in any store with a home maintenance section)
- Something to write with
- glue gun
Here are the steps I took:
Step One – Prepare Felt
Just like in part one, trace an outline around your slipper on the felt you’ll be using, and cut the piece out. You’ll need two of these pieces. Since I was using felt sheets, I just layered the two and cut through them both. Two pieces – one cut!
Of course, using a red marker might not have been a good idea. I’d brushed the back of my hand over the outline, and got marker on my hand. Now, whenever I catch the red out of the corner of my eye, I think I’d managed to hurt myself.
|Wow. Reminder to self – use lotion more often. Holy dry skin, Batman.|
Step Two – Cut the Skid Protection
Roll out the skid protection pad, and place one of the felt pieces on it. Since you’ll be folding the pad over the felt’s edges, trace an outline of the felt, but keep the line about half an inch to an inch away from the edge, then cut along your outline. You’ll need to do this twice.
Step Three – Say Hi to the Kitty
This one is conditioned upon whether you have a cat, or not. My feline supervisor stopped by, so what’s up, pussy cat?
Step Four – Glue Padding to Felt
In retrospect, I probably should have reinforced the padding by gluing the bottom part on before folding the edges along the wrong side of the felt. So, that’s something to keep in mind, if you’ll be trying this.
Instead, I’d just folded the edge over the felt a bit at a time. I started with one of the long edges.
I had thought about trying to cut the outline, so there would be no folding over, but I wasn’t up for the frustration that comes with inevitable mistakes. Instead, I just folded the edges over as I went and glued them in place.
A word of warning: This is a very messy step. Our glue gun isn’t super-hot, so I didn’t get burned, but if your glue gun runs too hot, either wear gloves you don’t care much about or find a tool to tuck the edges down with, since the wet glue will come up through the holes.
|Lost quite a bit of nail polish in the process, too. Good thing I don’t have any more formal events for a while.|
Step Five – Glue Bottoms On
Unlike gluing things to the insides of slippers, gluing them to the bottoms is relatively easy. I started by applying glue to the bottoms in a zig zag pattern.
Then, I pressed the felt/skid-protection to the bottom of the slipper.
We’re not done, yet, since the edges aren’t fastened down. I don’t have much practice with using a glue gun just yet, so those who are better with theirs may be able to get the edges down from the start. I ended up going around and gluing them in place after the majority of the bottom was in place.
There we go! Unless you’d like to add a few stitches around the edges for extra stability, you’re done!