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No Sew, No Sweat, Sock Slippers
During our Vermont winters, we keep our house pretty cool, both to save
on energy costs and and because we've discovered that we stay
healthier. The warmer the house, the drier the air, even with a
humidifier. Dry air not only dries you out, it makes it easier for
viruses to get a foothold in your nose and throat.
We save money and stay healthy, but our toes get chilly. For me, this
creates a conflict, since I like my feet to be able to breathe - I
generally wear as little on my feet as possible. I've tried all kinds
of slippers and found them too "stuffy". Socks, however, keep my feet
warm without smothering them. The only trouble is, socks worn without
shoes wear out really fast.
The solution? Socks with soles - slipper socks. Of course, you can buy
them, but why not make them? But what to use for the soles? Leather?
Maybe, but I found a lighter, more breathable, material. It won't last
as long as leather, but it's less expensive i.e., free.
The trouble with a good pair of jeans is that eventually, they wear
out. Luckily, there are lots of things you can make with worn-out jeans
- shorts, backpacks, potholders, and now, the soles for slipper socks.
You could just sew them on, but maybe you don't want to take the time
to sew. No problem. Make recycled-denim, no-sew, no-sweat, slipper
socks! Here's how:
1. Find a pencil or marker, a nice warm pair of wool socks, and a scrap
of cardboard bigger than your foot. You will also need a scissors,
high-quality fabric glue, and possibly a craft knife.
2. Put on the sock, stand on the cardboard, and trace the outline of
your foot onto the cardboard. Use a scissors or craft knife to cut
along the outline. You can use this pattern for each foot, or make
another for the other foot.
3. Now get some scrap denim, lay the cardboard foot cut-out(s) on it
and use the marker to trace a left and a right sole onto the denim. If
you only have one pattern, just flip it over before you trace the other
4. Grab a scissors and cut out the denim soles.
5. Now, slide a cardboard sole pattern into one of the socks, as though
it was your foot. Turn the sock upside down, so the sole part of the
sock is up.
6. Position the denim sole on the sock and glue it around the edges
with fabric glue. Use something hard and round (like a bottle or tin
can) to press the glue into place. The fabric glue will ooze ot along
the edges, so be sure to work on a surface that won't be damaged by the
glue. If you made a cardbard pattern for each foot, you can make the
other slipper immediately. If not, wait until the glue is dry,then flip
the pattern before you put it in the other sock.
When the glue is dry, remove the cardboard and enjoy your new slippers!
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