Two years ago I shared how to make a pair of slippers with old t-shirts after having learnt it from my Japanese friend. I had so many queries about the technique that I was wondering how to improve it. I have finally gotten round (yes, 2 years later!) to penning my thoughts down, and it's all because of a recent slipper workshop that I had conducted at Popin Craft.
|We didn't use our toes! We stuck the loom framework onto the table instead.|
|Mini slippers made by CY and M|
It was a great session as we really connected as crafters, and secondly, we shared a lot of tips on how we could improve the durability of the slipper itself. What's making without self-improvement and progress?
Here are the tips!
a) Start off with making mini-slippers if you are a beginner to making slippers. U
b) Tuck in all the loose ends of t-shirt fabric once you have completed the weaving. If you do this while weaving, your whole weave will start to get loose.
c) Use a crochet hook to tuck in the t-shirt fabric, and also excess string.
d) Use sewing to hold down the tucked in string rather than a hot glue gun. More stability and strength!
e) Use felt material as a base of the slipper.
One thing I was mulling over is how to make both slippers look the same, to which CY and M said "Handmades are supposed to look different from each other", and I think I have to agree :-)
Have you attended any sessions where you really connected and shared great tips?