Hi friends! Hope you all had a lovely Halloween! I mentioned in the last post that I am working on a pair of slippers and they’re almost done (they work up very quickly!) but I would like to have a bit of extra padding and reinforcement on the bottom. To make the slippers a little sturdier I’ve decided to attached felt soles. Not only will the soles provide more cushion but they’ll also make the slippers much warmer because I’m using wool. This felting technique is actually very easy to do and can be done by hand (if you don’t have access to your own personal washing machine), it will just take a little trial and error and will require some elbow grease.
How to Make Felt Slipper Soles By Hand
First, you’ll need a crochet piece of fabric. In this case I crocheted a rectangle in single crochet stitches, making sure the stitches were somewhat tight. I used 100% Merino wool (Patons Classic Wool – the label even says it’s ideal for felted projects) and size 3.75mm crochet hook. I recently purchased a Tunisian crochet hook and was eager to test it out so one of the slipper soles was made with the Tunisian crochet hook and the other with a regular crochet hook – both had the same results.
To felt the crochet piece you’ll need a basin or large bowl, or you can do this directly in the kitchen/bathroom sink, just make sure you can completely submerge the crochet piece in water. You’ll also need a gentle soap – I used Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Castille Soap – and a pair of rubber gloves. The gloves will protect your hands just a little from the hot water.
And once I finish the slippers I’ll have the felt soles ready to attach.
This felting technique would work for just about any project that requires a sturdy and thick fabric with very little to no stretch – pot holders, fashion accessories, baskets, bowls, etc.
Now that you know how easy it is to felt crochet pieces go crazy and experiment! But please PLEASE be careful – cannot stress enough the need to take care when using hot water, especially if you have little ones running around.