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Recycled Jumper Slippers

This tutorial won 2nd prize in our Christmas competition, only just missing out on the top spot.  This is a great way to recycle an old wooly jumper and make it into snuggly warm slippers.  It was written by Kerrie Curzon of  Charm and Laundry who specialises in underwear made from recycled fabrics.

MATERIALS Sew your own slipper socks from an old jumper

A raglan sleeved jumper



Embroidery thread

Embroidery needle


Bias binding




4x soles



Made to measure





Turn an old wooly jumper into slippersPATTERN NOTES 

This will only work with a jumper with raglan sleeves due to the shaping of the foot.


Step 1 - Choosing the style

First of all, try putting your foot through the cuff of the jumper and up the sleeve. This is to judge whether the cuff is big enough for a foot to go through and there is enough length in the shoulder to cover the foot. The width of the cuff also dictates how far up the leg it will go, though it works well scrunched around the ankle.

 How to make slipper socks

Step 2 - Cutting the sleeves off 

Cut the sleeves off the jumper as close to the seam as you can. It is best to make a small hole and then cut through one layer only, as the sleeve will probably be different on the front and back. Round off the toe end. Repeat for the other sleeve.

 Make your own slipper project


Step 3 - Making the sole 

Trace around the sole of an existing slipper, shoe or your own foot (if they're a gift, you may not want to do this last one).

Mark the pattern appropriately Right on one side and Left on the other.

Pin this to the body of the jumper. Pin through both layers, as it will give more protection from the cold floor with two layers.

Cut out both layers. Pin and cut out for the other foot.


 Slipper sock tutorial

Step 4 - Attaching the soles

Finish all edges by zigzagging with a matching thread, if possible. 

Embroider the edges. Use blanket stitch to attach the soles to the legs.

Blanket stitch is made by pushing the pin up from the bottom layer through to the top, then again go through from the bottom layer roughly 1cm away and go through the loop as you pull the thread.


Bias binding can be used around the edges. Choose a wide one and wrap it over the layers, pin and stitch.


The seam can be hidden on the inside on a less chunky knit by stitching the pieces right sides together and then turning the slippers out the right way.