Make this Homemade Holiday Gift: Slippers Made from Thrifted Sweaters

Make this Homemade Holiday Gift: Slippers Made from Thrifted Sweaters

Tara Bellucci
Nov 22, 2013
(Image credit: This (sorta) Old Life)
Maker: Rita
Skill Level: Easy
Time Required: 2 hours
Project Cost: $10
(Image credit: This (sorta) Old Life)

Since inadvertently getting each other socks for Christmas one year, Rita and her mom have made it an ongoing tradition. After spotting this project in a crafting book, she decided to make these cute slippers from thrift shop sweaters! Spoiler: Mom loved her sweater "socks."


  • 1-2 thrift store sweaters

  • Scrap yarn
  • Paper for pattern
  • Darning needle
  • Sewing machine optional


  1. Get Betz White's Sewing Green from the library and copy the pattern from the back of the book.
  2. Cut out the pattern.
  3. Find 1-2 old sweaters for your slippers. For a contrasting cuff and sole, you'll want two complementary sweaters.
  4. Felt the sweaters (unless you have an old felted sweater handy). I used this simple tutorial from Mother Earth News.
  5. Using the pattern in Step 2, cut from the felted sweater the pieces you'll need for the cuffs, the uppers, and the sole.
  6. To make the uppers, pin them together (right sides facing out) and stitch closed along the back and the top. (Leave the bottom, where the upper attaches to the sole, unstitched.) You can either hand-stitch or use a sewing machine.
  7. Pin the upper to the sole (again, right sides facing out), and then stitch them together.
  8. Stitch the ends of the cuff piece together, forming a loop.
  9. Sew the loop of cuff to the slipper upper: Turn the slipper inside out and place the cuff over the top of the slipper. The right side of the cuff should be against the wrong side of the upper. Stitch together along the top of the upper.
  10. Using yarn and a darning needle, use a blanket stitch to bind the seams.
  11. Wrap up and give to someone who enjoys warm feet!
(Image credit: This (sorta) Old Life)
(Image credit: This (sorta) Old Life)

Thanks to Rita for sharing the Slippers gift idea. Check out her blog, This (sorta) Old Life for step-by-step photos of this project.

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