Making Good – My Handmade Slippies

RUDE is on Green Issues by Agy’s Making Good Blog Train and is combining this blog train post with our regular weekly Friday blog post.  Agatha Lee is hosting the journey and has invited RUDE to jump on board today.

Fellow blogger Christine boarded the train yesterday and has shared her intricate weaving and embroidery repair at

As the Blog Train’s host, Agatha is asking passengers taking the ride with her the following:

What is repair, and why do we even bother to repair the things we have? Some see repair as a way of reconnecting with our possessions as we extend their lives. Others see it as a form of creative potential and an avenue to express their craft. The rewards for mending varies from feeling immense satisfaction to prolonging the life of the product.

Thank you Agatha for inviting RUDE aboard and today it is just RUDE Girl travelling.  RUDE Boy is off driving his own train for VLine.

For RUDE, repair is mostly about respect for the things that we have in our possession.  That respect very much extends to all the people who were involved in the making of our stuff.   We bother to repair almost everything in our household [and in some other people’s households] because that’s the way we were bought up by our parents.  To mend and make do.  Our parents did it to make their hard earning money go further.  We do it for that reason too but also to be environmentally responsible.

And best of all is that we enjoy the process of repair.  It is like a craft activity to make something old and/or worn out, new again.  And of course there is that immense satisfaction for RUDE of beating The Man.   We know that by prolonging the life of a product, we will not be shopping and playing into the hands and minds of powerful multinational companies.

I’m usually in jammies and slippers by 8 P.M.

Kate Dickie

RUDE Girl relates to Kate Dickie’s quote above, especially in winter when I hibernate at home. I prefer not to wear shoes inside the house therefore my slippies can be on most of the day.

I was blessed by my Bowerbirds Journal Facebook group’s member Jaimee with two pairs of her beautiful soft and comfortable, handmade with love, ballet style slippies.

Snapshot 1 (3-05-2015 5-08 PM)Snapshot 2 (3-05-2015 5-11 PM)

Photo above:  My first pair of handmade slippers by Jaimee of Piggy Whiskers

Of course wearing both pairs of slippies, non-stop over the past couple of years, had resulted in them becoming very worn.  Before the slippers deteriorated further, this Blog Train with its Making Good theme, inspired me to think about paying respect to Jaimee, the maker of my slippers.  It became my mission, no matter what, to pay tribute to her, and revamp the two pairs of slippers I had received from her.

But how to do this without a pattern was the question.  I have since received the pattern for the slippers from Jaimee but when I repaired my slippers I had to improvise.

I will present in a little detail, the first pair being repaired in the body of the post.  And at the end of the post I will only post photos of the second pair before and after repair.

Photo below:  Slippers have been deconstructed and these are the worn soles.  The green wool fabric is the inner sole and the pattern fabric was the cotton outer sole.

SAMSUNGSnapshot 1 (3-05-2015 4-45 PM)Photo Above:  The top of the deconstructed slippers was removed from the soles and a new piece of fulled wool cut to shape for the new sides.

I cut templates from the old soles and sides of the slippers.  This time I used a fused double layer of English woollen fabric for the soles [inner and outer].  This fabric came from the sleeves of a duffle coat made in England that I now wear as a long line gillet aka vest [photo below]. 

Duffle Coat Top of
This has proved to be a good decision because the wool repels the dust and dirt.  It is also wearing well as the fabric is stronger than the cotton.  To enable easy replacement of the soles down the track, I have handsewn the soles to the uppers.

Snapshot 4 (3-05-2015 4-56 PM) Snapshot 2 (3-05-2015 4-50 PM)  Snapshot 3 (3-05-2015 4-53 PM)
x3 Photos above:  My ballet style slippies have been made good again!

Photo below:  Inner [wool] and outer [denim] soles of second pair of slippers.


x6 Photos below:  My second pair of ballet style slippies have been made good again.


In the photos above of my second pair of revamped slippers, I have kept the seam from the original outer denim soul.  I like the textured ‘rude’ look.  I have also repaired a hole in the inner back of the left slipper area with some green cotton fabric and sashiko stitch.

Beat The Man and make good again!

Tomorrow I am pleased to announce that the Blog train will be boarded by the very crafty Kareena of

Follow the “Making Good” blog train this month and see what other blog travellers on board have repaired and reconnected with. Have you mended anything today?

17 thoughts on “Making Good – My Handmade Slippies

  1. Karen, I agree with you on your point that to repair is respect the maker and the hours of effort he/she put into it. Your slippers look brand new after the repair and I like the green patch that you have sewn onto the inner heel. They look lovely!


  2. Thank you Agy. I made a few mistakes initially and was nearly on the verge of throwing out the main pair featured. But then I took my own upcycling advice to make a mistake turn into a creative opportunity. And yes, the little green patch makes me smile.


    • Such a wonderful philosophy to make a mistake turn into a creative opportunity. I have had many plans to re-make slippers but rarely do I actually get around to doing so. I have a satin pair I am just going to have to try and rescue now and I will keep your wisdom in mind when I do.


  3. They are great Karen – l love my own slippers and have 2 pairs, one i made and one other crafted pair I bought. the crafted pair have been repaired and repaired and are still hanging in there. repairing things brings its own reward. thanks for your other shares on sashiko repairs – i did it last week on denim jeans and love the integrity and strength of the stitch – total convert…..


    • Thank you so much eimear, you must know what it is like to wear comfy handmade slippies. I was just admiring your red and gold polo jumper remake. You do beautiful work. I am really pleased to learn that you have embraced sashiko stitching. Another convert to add to the ever growing list.


    • Thank you so much for your comment Crochet Hooks. I nearly did toss them out after deconstructing them too much but I was not defeated, and came up with the semi upper piece on the first pair which worked a treat! And because it is wool it is warmer.


    • Yes, super comfy. Hard to explain unless you wear them I guess but I do not have them off my tootsies when I am at home. And yes, isn’t it the best feeling to treasure handmade stuff?


  4. They look so good after the repair. I have to confess I’ve never thought about repairing slippers like this, but mine always so on the sole too, (popping outside in them when I really shouldn’t!) This is definitely worth a try next time – I’m inspired!


    • Don’t tell my friend Jaimee but I was guilty a few times of popping outside briefly in these slippies. Now that I know the work involved in making and revamping them i will not be wearing them outside. I am pleased to read you are inspired Julie.


  5. These look great, if not better then they did before! I have a pair of slippers that I wore outside and shouldn’t have and I need to do something similar to them! Thanks for sharing!

    Joining the blog train May 14!


    • Yes, I think that I have made improvements to the original design and materials used. See my confession above to Julie about wearing my slippies outside albeit briefly. I hope you give revamping your slippies a go especially if you love wearing them.


    • Thank you Vanessa, yes on the slippers there is a cloth label Handmade with Love. Please accept my apologies for a tardy reply. I have worked out how to blog a post but checking for comments in another place has alluded me. I am taking a break away from weekly blogging as I am volunteering face to face in my community this year. However, I am still blogging most days on Facebook @ruderepair. Hope you are well. RUDE Girl x


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