Ballerina Slippers: Free Pattern + Tutorial

July 07, 2010 |

UPDATE: Several of you have had trouble with the pattern link - it is updated below!!

Yay... Finally! The tutorial for the ballerina slippers... plus a free pattern!

A few year's ago I saw these ballerina slippers in Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion magazine.  I went out and bought all the materials, and they sat in a bag until now :).  The first pair I made, I used the pattern included in the magazine, but I felt that the sizes and shape were a little off, so I made a new pattern and made a few tweaks to the design.  You can download the pattern pieces below!  The pattern is available in three women's sizes: small (6-7.5), medium (7.5-9), and large (9-10.5).

You will need:
  • 2 coordinating fat quarters of medium weight quilting fabric
  • 40" of medium size rick rack
  • Coordinating thread
  • 1/8th of a yard wool felt (darker colors that coordinate with your fabrics are best, since this is the part that hits the floor as you walk around = dirty!)
  • 6" length of 1/4" wide elastic 
  • Coordinating embroidery thread
  • Hand needle
1. Download the patterns here and cut out your pieces. Decide which of your quilting fabrics will be the outside and which fabric is going to be the lining of the slipper.  With the fabric that will be your outside, fold it right sides together and place the pattern piece for the "uppers" on the fold as marked on the pattern.  Cut 2. Repeat with your other quilting weight fabric. From your lining fabric, also cut 2 from the sole pattern, using the bold line of the pattern piece.


2. Sew the heel seams of your uppers.  Fold both of your "outer uppers" and both of your "lining uppers" in half and sew the heel seam with a scant 1/4" seam.




3. Assemble slipper's upper. Place one of your out uppers and one of your linings on top of each other, right sides together.  You'll also need to insert your rick rack between the two layers, running it around the entire opening, and overlapping tails of rick rack over the heel seams.  Pin.  When it's all pinned, you want the edges of the rick rack to be flush with the fabric edges.  Sew through all three layers, trying to sew down the center of the rick rack (about a 1/4" seam).




4. Turn right side out and press. Repeat with the remaining upper and lining.


5. Insert elastic along heel.  Cut your 6" length of elastic into two 3" lengths.  On the inside of your slipper, measure 3" in each direction from the heel seam and mark.  Pin the elastic on one of the 3" marks, sew a stitch or two to anchor it. Stretch the elastic as you sew it, stretching it all the way to the other mark. IMPORTANT: sew the elastic to the wrong side of the "upper" fabric, so that it will curl the right way.





6. Sew raw edges of slipper.  Pin the raw edges of the slipper together, and sew, using a scant 1/4" seam.


7. Sew a gathering stitch along the toe.  Using a basting stitch on your machine, sew a gathering stitch, about 1/2" from point to point, as shown on the picture below (see blue arrows).


8. Connect the slipper body to the insole.  Start by centering the heel seam on the heel of the insole.  Working your way around, pin the slipper body to the insole.  Use the gathering stitch to shape the toe. Sew with a scant 1/4" seam.



9. Sew wool felt sole on.  Using the dotted line on the sole pattern piece, cut 2 soles from the wool felt.  Press the seams of the slipper body toward the center of the bottom.  Pin the wool felt sole on, and using embroidery thread and a blanket stitch, sew the sole onto the slipper.



10. Put your feet up and relax!


UPDATE 9/9/10: Use and Care Instructions: Wash on cold with like colors and let air dry.

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33 comments:

Wenche said...

When I click on your link to get the pattern I'm redirected to Google docks as I should. The only problem is that nothing more happens and the name of the pdf file isn't clickable :(

Aisyah Helga said...

Very cute!! I'd love to make a pair if only I could sew...anyway, I've linked this tutorial to my blog. Thanks for sharing!

Kindra said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!! These are the cutest! And they look so comfy as well. If I could only sew...You should start an Etsy shop to share your talent! Have a great day!

Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com said...

Love this!!! I hope you'll link up to Make It Wear It today at TheTrainToCrazy.com!

Rita said...

Hi. Great tutorial, the slippers are so so cute!! Thanks for sharing!

Dani said...

the link to the patterns never opens.... and I'd love to make these!

Anonymous said...

muy bonitas y te agradezco por tu paciencia y buena voluntad...bendiciones...
Maria Ines

KJ said...

How adorable! you deserve to put your feet up! great project.

Dawn said...

Love this! I'm definitely going to try these out. I have a bit of a slipper addiction, I never have enough... my husband will like the money I'll save him. (smile) Found you at FunToCraft. Happy Friday.

Dawn @ BeatUntilFluffy.com

Hannah said...

I love these, thank you so much for sharing!!

http://rubies-pearls.blogspot.com/

Tru@TRU TALES FEATS said...

Very cute. I'm bookmarking this one!

Kristan said...

I love these! Thank you for the great tutorial! I just need to learn how to blanket stitch!

I linked to your post and posted about it on my blog :)
http://creativelymom.blogspot.com/2010/07/crafty-people.html

Lila said...

The baby booties are to die for. I can't wait to have another girl!
xoxo
Lila Ferraro

Jen said...

OHH those are sooo great. MY daughters will flip for those! Thanks for your willingness to donate to the Cure JM auction. I will email you the information. You are a doll! Big Love, JEN

Abby said...

Oh that is just what I've been looking for .. So cute!

Maria said...

So nice. They look store-bought, only prettier. Thank you for sharing.

amieggs said...

this is really awsome!!!! thanks a lot!

luvinthemommyhood said...

Love these!!! So pretty!

Laura said...

Oh my gosh, these are so cute!

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

These are so cute! I have a sweet baby niece who NEEDS a pair! Adorable! And nice clear instructions! I just started a link party and I would LOVE it if you'd consider adding your crafts to it! I'm having flower headband giveaway as part of our first party too! http://imtopsyturvy.com/index.php/2010/07/topsy-turvy-tuesdays-1/

Michelle Engel Bencsko said...

I linked to this super tutorial on our blog- these made a perfect addition to a gift set idea- http://cloud9fabrics.blogspot.com/2010/07/bfgb-feat-forest-friends-flannel.html Thanks!

Gabriela Alejandra said...

Muy bueno tu Blog, podrias enviarme el molde porque no pude descargarlo, gracias, mi mail es emibenja@gmail.com

Jan said...

Thank you!!! These slippers are adorable! Just added felt to my shopping list. ;-)

Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com said...

These are great! Thanks for the pattern!

ellie g said...

These are absolutely TO DIE FOR! And after I make a few for myself...what a great gift they'd make. (I'll probably end up with the screwed up ones...but that's okay!) I adore the ric rac. It's kind of my favorite! How generous to share the pattern. Thank you!

Fallan said...

These are cute! I always wear slippers and I go through them really quickly. I should try to make myself a pair. Thanks for sharing the pattern!
Saw this on The CSI Project

Anonymous said...

Hola buenos dias mil gracias por esas hermosas zapataillas, bailo y me encantarian para practicar pero no he podido bajar los moldes, como hago

Jessica said...

I made the slippers and they were adorable! I didn't have any rick-rak so I made some pink piping/cording (whatever you call it) and used that instead. They came out super cute but the elastic had "issues" because of the cording being too thick to bunch properly. I love that the pattern is easily adjustable for those with big, wide (scary) feet like me! =)

Anonymous said...

I really want to make these...but the link for the pattern is not working...can you give us the pattern some other way? Thanks so much :)

Molly @ The Creative Maven said...

I just tried the download link myself... and it worked for me? You can email me at creativemavenblog@gmail.com and I can email it back to you?

Admitted Fabricaholic said...

I love this! Thanks for sharing, will be bookmarking page for a later project - am already thinking *Christmas presents!!!* YEAH

Thanks!

www.mesewcrazy.com

Anonymous said...

cant figure out the part between rick rack and elastic..

Anonymous said...

never mind lol...got it..

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