In the summer, we’re totally the kinds of people who put our socks away and go barefoot or in sandals for months until we absolutely need more layers again. The moment the chills of fall hit, however, you’ll find us shuffling around not only in socks, but in toasty slippers too! We actually try to make ourselves a new pair of slippers each year because we wear them so much that we tend to walk through our old ones by the end of the season. Besides, making things is always way more satisfying than buying them!
If you’re feeling just as excited as we are, if not more, about the idea of making yourself a new pair of DIY slippers for the fall and winter, check out these 15 awesome ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in this year’s search for inspiration and guidance.
1. DIY cozy sweater slippers
In addition to being a total crafting lover, are you also an upcycling addict who’s always hanging onto things that you might be able to use later? In that case, we think you just might be the perfect person to give these funny little slipper booties made from pieces of an old sweater a try! Get the full details for making your own on This Sorta Old Life.
2. Upcycled sweater slipper boots
Are you actually totally taken with this idea of making slippers from pieces of old sweaters but you’re just not sold on the style of the first ones we showed you? Well, if you’re a very chilly person who likes as much covered as possible, just like us, then we think you might get along a little better with something like these DIY sweater slipper boots that reach a little higher up your leg! Home Sweet Soul has all the instructions you’ll need.
3. Fuzzy bunny slippers from recycled felted sweaters
Rather than (or maybe in addition to) making slippers for yourself, would you really like to make slippers for your little ones too? Then here’s another tutorial that might appeal to you a little more! We love the way Merriment Design shows you how to make little toddler-sized bunny booties out of felted sweaters. The ears are just too darling to get over!
4. Simply no-sew slipper socks
Perhaps you’ve actually already got a pair of wonderfully warm, thick woollen socks that you really like to wear around the house, but you also have slippery wooden floors that you find yourself sliding on too often when you do? Then we think you’ll really appreciate the way this tutorial from Martha Stewart teaches you how to put non-slip bottoms onto the bottoms of your favourite socks without even having to sew anything.
5. Homemade cozy crocheted slippers
Rather than being a sewing or crafting enthusiast in the ways that you’ve seen so far, are you actually primarily a yarn lover? Well, if a crochet hook is your weapon of choice then we think you’ll be rather pleased indeed to see this awesome ankle boot style slipper making pattern outlined in nice, clear steps thanks to The Homestead Survival! They even show you how to put the kind of non-slip pads we were talking about earlier onto the bottoms of your crocheted slippers as well.
6. Easy hand-stitched crossover felt slippers
Are you actually feeling more enthusiastic about the idea of making slippers from fabric than anything else but you’re a total novice when it comes to sewing, so you’re looking for an easy introductory project to get started with? In that case, we’d definitely suggest checking out the way From Rags to Couture outlines these simple hand stitched felt slippers that cross over the front for a good fit! They’re even easy to measure and size, which their tutorial walks you through as well.
7. Easy home slipper slides from old jeans and damaged flip flops
Do you actually live in a slightly warmer place where you don’t feel like you need quite as toasty a slipper style as what you’ve seen so far, but you still like to have something between your feet and the floors of your house? Then perhaps you’d have a better time with something like these slipper slides from Ire Heart Crafting that are made from old jeans and the bottoms of broken flip flops. It’s another upcycling project!
8. DIY crochet slipper with a flip flop sole
Are you feeling very intrigued indeed by this whole concept of using the bottoms of old flip flops as the bottoms of your slippers, since you’ve always preferred the ones with soles, but you’re also in need or at least a little more coverage than what you saw above? In that case, we have a feeling you might prefer the way Fab Art DIY outlines the process for making these adorable crocheted top slippers that can be custom measured to your foot just as easily as anything else.
9. Rounded toe crochet slippers
Just in case you are still totally intrigued by the idea of crocheting yourself a pair of slippers but you just haven’t felt convinced by any of the options you’ve seen so far, here’s another design and method for your consideration! Take a better look at the full pattern and tutorial on Praktic Ideas to see how surprisingly simply they’re made in more detail.
10. Super soft fabric ballet style slippers
Do you really like the idea of simply sewn cloth slippers because you have enough experience to do things like size and line them quiet easily, but you also prefer low cut styles because you find your feet get hot quickly? In that case, we think you might get along a little better with something like this full ballet style slipper tutorial complete with helpful photos, courtesy of Fab Art DIY!
11. Knitted floral home slippers
Just in case we really caught your attention with all this talk of yarn crafted slippers but you’ve always been much better at knitting than crochet, here’s the kind of pattern you’ve been holding out for! We adore the way All Day Chic shows you how to make some simple garter stitch booties, but also gives you the option of adding fully hand stitch floral detail if you like as well. We think they’re gorgeous either way!
12. DIY soft lined slippers
Perhaps you’re actually quite hard on your slippers and you find you walk through them very easily so you need something quite durable, but you’d also prefer to make something that’s quite soft on the inside too? In that case, we think you’ll work quite well with a tutorial like this one from Instructables. They show you how to make slippers with a fleecy lining but a coarser material on the outside in order to give you the best of both worlds.
13. Fleecy dragon slippers
Has your favourite idea so far on our list actually been that of making an adorable little pair of slippers booties for your child, but you don’t have the kind of felted sweaters on hand that the previous idea required? Then maybe you’d have an easier time working with soft fleece like this tutorial from Made by Rae needs instead! We love the way they show you how to simply embellish these warm little booties to look like cute dragons.
14. Flip flop and bath towel spa slippers
Just in case you’re actually still feeling curious about the idea of making slippers with a hard flip flop sole, but you’re also still hoping to find something a little cozier than what those options made, then we think you might prefer this spa-inspired design outlined in detail on Crafty Nest! They show you how to make it happen using pieces of a soft upcycled towel, which we think would feel very nice indeed on our feet.
15. Fancy felt soles for crocheted slippers
If you’re going to try your hand at crocheting a pair of slippers like you’ve seen suggest several times by now, would you like to also explore that non-slip soles option we talked about earlier, since your new wooden floors are pretty slick and yarn is rather soft? We’d suggest reading about how Red-Handled Scissors not only made these little stitch embellished slippers but also hand stitched DIY felt soles onto the bottom of each that have a DIY grip on them to stop you from sliding around corners when you walk.
Have you made other kinds of awesome homemade slippers before that you were very happy with indeed and still wear but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!