Monday, November 13, 2006

Little Miss Frugal Strikes Again

How to put leather soles on your felted slippers for super cheap.

Step 1: Go to thrift store and buy suede leather jacket(s) in colour of choice for as cheap as you can find. My favorite thrift store had a half price sale on today. So I paid 3.50 for the jacket. I think I can get at least six sets of soles out of it.



Step 2: Buy rotating leather punch tool (thanks T, great idea!!). This is a Tandy Leather punch I bought at Wal-Mart for 10 bucks.

Step 3: Make bottom of slipper pattern, trace and cut out. Punch!



Step 4: Sew sole on bottom of slipper and feel extremely proud of self.



Step 5: Repeat for other slipper. Dance around in slippers. Maybe drink some champagne. You can afford it!

13 comments:

Lisa W. said...

Cheeze...i turn my back for one minute and you're off blogging again about another really cool crafty thing to do! What a FANTASTIC idea! I am a frequent flier at Sally's (Salvation Army Thrift Store) and La Village (value village) and this is much improved over the $17-$20 pair for leather soles I've been seeing...hmmm...looks like I'll be hitting the coat racks. Jayne..yer my hero!

Anonymous said...

What a splendid idea!

jayne said...

I'm totally pumped about this. I got a buff, a brown, and a black jacket and harvested enough leather for many pairs (with colour options). Jackets plus punch all cost about 30.00 total. I'm in soles for a long time to come.

Now it's actually viable to make some gift slippers with leather soles.

Gaile said...

The old leather/suede jacket thing also works well for making handles for felted bags. I'd be lost without my hole punch and a few good thrift stores.

Anonymous said...

Jayne: what a good idea! I showed that to DH, he said,"smart!".I did all my felted slippers with moose hide, they are really strong.I don't have hole puncher, I usually did it in a hard way-hole by hole with my needle.
SK

Daryl said...

I think you have finally found the one and only reason for me to set foot back in Walmart. I've made too many slippers, and NOT made too many others because I couldn't spring for the soles to not give this a try. Between the hole punch and nose/eyes for the hedge hog I'm gonna have to gear up and face it.

Libby said...

Your a genious! Honestly I'm totally impressed!!! Thanks Jayne.

Libby

Rosie Perera said...

Hey, Jayne, those are great! Can I buy a few pairs to keep in a basket inside the front door of my new house, so guests can take their shoes off and wear slippers in the house? I once visited a ch√Ęteau in France where they did this, and it was a great way to keep the floors polished. They asked all the visitors to shuffle around in their slippers. Now I'm not sure suede soles would do a great job of polishing, but they'd be comfy anyway. And I'd much rather have something hand made by a friend than some cheap pairs of mass-produced slippers I could buy at WalMart.

Suzann said...

What a super great idea. The soles are always a stopper. The soles sold for knitted slippers are so expensive. Hubbo has a leather jacket in the closet he won't ever wear again :-)

SooZ said...

damn, youre good.

Suzie

smariek said...

How clever!

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Anonymous said...

Thanks Jayne!
I'm a thrift store shopper too, but I would have never thought of this! My husband says thanks too for saving him $$$.