December 10, 2009

Tutorial: "Granny Chic" Slippers!


My husband makes fun of me because I love these little Isotoner ballerina slippers (or "granny slippers", as he calls them!). I've had some pink ones for years, and I realized that I had no business leaving them plain, when I could be putting pretty fabric flowers on them! So, after a full day of looking for one of the missing slippers, I set off to work!

You can get Isotoners at just about any department store, and they also sell an off-brand at Walmart for $6! Nice!




I started by using a seam ripper to take off the bow. Then I cut out four petal shapes (the large peach flower is from this tutorial at My Mama Made It) in three different sizes from peach silk, ivory cotton, and gold tulle....


Then I laid the petals on top of each other, starting with the largest and ending with the smallest.


I folded the flower in half and stitched once in the middle, then folded it in half the other way, and stitched again, to make an "X". (I also got this method from My Mama Made It)


And threaded three champaign pearls in the middle each flower....


Then I had three lovely flowers!
(and it wasn't until this point that I realized that was only enough for one slipper, haha!)


So I repeated the steps for the other slipper, and stitched them on the front of the slippers!




And now my feet are nice and toasty-chic on my wood floors!

Can you say $6 Christmas gift?

60 comments:

  1. You've got to stop posting all these super cute tutorials right before Christmas! My list of gifts I still need to make before the big day is way too long and then I see something like these slippers and am tempted to make it even longer! :)

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  2. Oooh, I can't wait to make some of these!!!! So cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I'm guilty of "granny slippers" too!:) This definately pretties them up...great job! x

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  4. You are a wonderfully creative woman!

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  5. My mom wears these around the house every day. I just bought my 9 year old daughter Emily of www.sewingsistter.blogspot.com some for Christmas. If I have time, I'll try to doll them up for her. I'll let you know if I do so you can put it on your "I tried this" page. That's a fun page. It's fun seeing what other people have made of yours. I'm going to try my hand at the scarf and knit cap from sweaters tomorrow. Wish me luck. I'll let you know if it turns out.

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  6. Oh my gosh, I adore these!
    -Jill

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  7. So cute! These would be great for a bride to wear at her reception!

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  8. There's no reason your husband won't adore these!!

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  9. I wore a pair of slippers, like those on my wedding day. (except mine had beading on them My husband and I are both tall. I wanted him to be taller than me, on our wedding day :) Those slippers were heaven! Super cute tutorial! Love the pictures too!
    ~ Chrissy

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  10. I LIVE in Isotoner slippers, but mine are black. I have one pair I wear for outside, whose soles have firmed up to the point I can wear them on rocks and things. My others are my indoor pair that I wear year-round. So comfy! I never thought to embellish them. Hmmm...

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  11. I wore a plain white pair for my wedding, if only I'd known what they could have been. If I don't get any slippers for Christmas I'm definitely making some.

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  12. I love them!! I just don't have the time to make all the things I want to but I do believe my daughter would adore these.

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  13. love it! i have wood floors too and my feet are ALWAYS cold. i think my feet will be more warm in pretty slippers!

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  14. Too cute and I am sure my little ballerina princess would love a pair also.

    tammy

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  15. You should see MY slippers! I"m going out and doing this ASAP! I'd feel so cute when I wake up at 5 every day!

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  16. WOW. Seriously, WOW. Who knew those horrible spandex slipper things could be cute? Awesome job!!

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  17. Lovely!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-chic-ruffled-slippers-from-granny-slippers/2009/12/10/

    --Anne

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  18. very cute! Now if I only had a shirt to match. :)

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  19. Totally a $6 Christmas gift...and I can't wait to make a pair (maybe even one for myself!!!)...thanks for the great tutorial.

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  20. Oh my goodness...I LOVE this idea! I'm off for a morning by myself and I'll be swinging by WalMart for a pair. Thanks for sharing such a great idea!!

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  21. These are so beautiful!!! Thank you, thank you!!!!

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  22. I HAVE THOSE SLIPPERS! AAANNNDDD...I've been all over fabric flowers lately...I'll have to embelish my slippers! Thanks Disney!

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  23. This is brilliant! I have a group of friends that try to get together once a month for what we call "Ladies' Activity Club" We try our hands at everything from flower arranging to cookie baking and this would be a perfect club activity! We meet at someone's house, cook dinner and make some sort of craft or invite someone to teach the group some sort of skill. It gives us all a chance to strengthen our community, have an adult night out (most of us have small children) and at times we find ways to do things in service to our neighborhhoods. If I can organize this one, I will take pictures and forward them along to you. Thanks for the great idea!

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  24. I LOVE them!! My Mom and Grandma are always wearing those slippers! Your right - perfect Christmas gift! This one is on my to doe before Christmas list for sure! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  25. These are sooooo charming! I'm in love I tell you! Hope you don't mind but I'm adding you to my blog roll of Sites I HEART!!! You are too adorable and your blogs a new fav. I am in love with your fleece childrens cape and will for sure be trying this and showing off my skills with your link as my inspiration!!! Take care!

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  26. How did I miss this one? Saw it featured on Grosgrain :) Love it! I think I will use it for the ladies next year

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  27. Not to relegate it to grannies- cause they're super cute, but my grandma could def. use some cuteness being added to her slippers. THANKS!!!!! Fast, easy, cheap, cute Christmas gift!!

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  28. Thank you....this literally just made my night!!!

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  29. These are so great I can totally see them on my fee lol! I am now a follower!

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  30. Love love love love the slippers! Your creativity is a blessing to me, as I see all these beautiful projects, and the cool ideas inspire me to beautify everyday life with some creativity and a few pink ruffles...:-)

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  31. Hi! I came over here from the Sabbe Spot and I am so glad I did. These are adorable and very inspiring for someone who also has "granny slippers".

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  32. Many thanks for sharing sucha cute tutorial!!!

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  33. I am in love with these adorable slippers. What a great way to jazz up slippers!

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  34. i love them! so cute! you are so creative & talented!

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  35. I wear these all winter long...now I can make them cute! Thanks!

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  36. Brilliant as always.

    A nice gift any time of year for somebody who's under the weather.

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  37. totally digging the granny slipper look! I also think my daughter would love these---wonder if I can squeeze this project in before xmas? if not, i'll get them done for her bday in january!

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  38. Wow! Pretty impressive. My sister gave them to to all her Bridesmaids to wear at her reception! Would have been even cuter if they had your gorgeous flowers on them.

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  39. Tres chic! I need to add this fun project to my list! Thanks!

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  40. I'm catching up on all my blogs, and I love this one. I made a pair like this 6 years ago for my wedding. I didn't want anything fancy and we were on a tight budget, so I embellished them with flowers like so and made them look pretty. I got so many compliments on them and I never told them that it cost me under $5 to do! Cute! -Kelsee

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  41. These are really cute. Great for a Mother's Day gift. Thanks

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  42. I found your blog in the knick of time, just a few days before Christmas. I immediately ran out and bought 5 pairs of slippers. I made one large flower for each slipper (x10 feet), white slippers with white flowers and the pearls in the center. They turned out so beautiful and all of the ladies in our family LOVED getting them on Christmas Eve. Thank you so much for the wonderful idea and tutorial!!!

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  43. Lovely tutorial, so great. I try to find some sleepers cheap here at my town, we don´t have Wallmart in Madrid, anyway thanks for sharing. Happy new year 2010, regards from Spain.

    www.caprichosdeana.blogspot.com

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  44. I love those! I found your ballerinas inspired and remade my own. I find your blog addictive:)

    Here is what I've done:
    http://sewingsweden.blogspot.com/2010/02/ruffled-ballerinas.html

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  45. I am in awe with your creativity - a permanent state! I shall link again in another blog post!

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  46. Great project idea! I have posted it on my bridal blog.

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  47. This is brilliant! I love this tutorial. It is exactly what I am looking for when I bring some slippers on my trip this fall.

    Thank you! I am so excited to get started.

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  48. hi disney...i know you're no longer blogging..but i thought of you today when i passed by the bobbie brooks "granny slippers" and they were on clearance for $2.25 :D since i bought new yellow and black jammies, i picked up a pair of black ones to make my own embellished slippers! and i just saw this post the other day...how cool is that? i'm going to put yellow and lavender and black burned fabric flowers on mine with pearls. thanks for the inspiration!
    kudzu
    i'll link to you when i finish!

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  49. I made these for my pastors wife for when she's working at the church or something. She wears heels all the time, and when her feet start hurting, she takes her shoes off and runs around barefoot. So I bought some isotoners and fixed them up for her. She LOVED them! My mom also had a pair of cheap granny slippers at wal-mart, and had me jazz those up with the leftover material I had. I'll be making a few more of these for christmas gifts! I love them!

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  50. have had these bookmarked for a while and just made some for my husband's grandmother for xmas! so excited to see what she thinks!

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  51. I just love the pretty ideas you share! I have been looking for ideas to perk up/pretty up my spring wardrobe (without spending much money :), and your site is full of lovely things! I have already bookmarked _a lot_ of your tutorials--thank you so much for sharing them!
    God bless you and your family!

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  52. What a super cute idea!!!! That's just exactly why my Isotoner's are in my suitcase, 'cause they aren't cute enough for me to wear everyday! I'll get them out, and cute-ify them up!! Just a thought.....wouldn't the ladies in nursing homes love to have a pair!!!! Might be a good craft for them, too. Maybe, with a clip of some sort so the flowers could be removed for washing. Gosh, for that matter these could be made into a pin to fancy up their robes!!! I was so intrigued by your idea, I wasn't thinking that we needed double either! LOL

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  53. HELP!!!!!! I want to wear these exact slippers in this color on my wedding day!!!! I need to know the color & fabric, please!!!!!!

    Billie Naniot

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