I don't know what it is. I'm compelled to make slippers for everyone this winter. If you're nice, you could be next!
These cute flats I made for my mom, from this pattern by Cheri at Shoeology.
The uppers are cotton velvet from some curtains I found at a thrift store, and the soles I cut from a pair of suede pants, also thrifted (for $5!). The lining is a sweet flannel that I saw at the fabric store and couldn't pass up, even though I didn't have a plan for it at the time.
The buttons are total fake-outs... the fastener is actually velcro. It's high time I learned to use the automatic button-hole-maker function on my sewing machine -- I mean, it IS automatic, how hard can it be? -- but I'm impatient, so this pair got velcro.
Then I made (yet another) pair of shoes for Isla, with the same combination of materials. I used the pieces from this pattern by the CoffeeLady. I had made a pair with felted wool, and crocheted the whole business together, per her instructions, and OH MY GOD it took so much time. I should have paid attention to the "intermediate" part of the instructions... but no, I am stubborn. They're adorable, though, and you should go buy some from her shop.
I decided to try them sewn, and here's what I got:
I'm going to need to tweak the pattern a little, but they're awfully cute and they STAY ON! That's a first!
See what I can do when I get some sleep?