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Fuzzy bunny slippers free sewing pattern

DIY fuzzy bunny slippers free sewing pattern

Hop to it and make these cute little fuzzy DIY bunny slippers to keep the kid in your life snuggly warm. It’s a super cute sewing project to make for Easter. This free bunny slipper pattern features a cute little bunny face with floppy ears on the slipper toe…

Fuzzy bunny slipper free sewing pattern

…and a little white tail on the slipper back. Cute, yes?

White tail on the back of bunny slippers

I recycled felted wool sweaters for the main material, but you could use fleece instead. The snuggly wool interior and no-slip slipper bottom make for safe hopping on hardwood floors.

No-slip bottoms of children's bunny slippers

I saw some animal slippers over the holidays and thought I could sew up an even more cute and comfy version for my 2-1/2 year old daughter, Elise, from items already in my craft closet. So I felted some wool sweaters to recycle the sweaters into more useful things, choosing the green super soft felted sweater for these slippers.

See also: ‘The 15 minute hat: Make a DIY winter hat from recycled felted sweaters’ »

This was my first time felting wool sweaters and it was really easy – I’ll show you how to felt the sweaters. You could alternatively use fleece instead and it will be just as cute. I mean, look at that little felt bunny face!

Close-up of bunny slippers face

You can use my free bunny slipper sewing pattern as a base to make all kinds of creatures – bears, cats, dogs, you name it. And the bunny slipper sewing pattern can be sized up on a copier for bigger kids or kids-at-heart. Hippity hoppity!

Childrens bunny slippers tutorial

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Supplies for making fuzzy bunny slippers from recycled felted sweaters:

How to make fuzzy bunny slippers from recycled felted sweaters

Step 1: Gather supplies and cut out pattern pieces

I’ve been asked how to size this pattern up and to tell you the truth I’m not 100% sure. Here’s what I think might work to properly size the pattern: Print out all pieces. Increase (or decrease) the size of the sole on a copier to fit your desired foot size plus about 1/2″ around all sides (I had Elise step on a piece of paper and I drew around her foot). Now use what ever copier setting you needed to use to get the sole to fit properly (125%, 150%, 200%) to increase the size of all other pattern pieces proportionally.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

To felt sweaters: Felt and recycle old wool sweaters by machine washing them in hot water and drying in the dryer. They should shrink and thicken up – if you can still see the thread pattern then repeat the process. I felted two 100% wool sweaters and decided to use the green.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Cut out Side 1 and Side 2 slipper upper pieces out of the felted wool (be sure the wool is smooth before cutting, my edges were a little curly). Place Side 2 right side up on your table. Cut one bunny tail out of cream wool felt. Place the bunny tail on the back side of Side 2 about one inch from the bottom edge.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Step 2: Sandwich and sew the bunny slipper sides

Sandwich the bunny tail by placing the Right Side piece on top, right sides together.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Pin the back seam and the top seam, leaving the bottom and foot opening unpinned and unsewn.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Sew back seam and top seam using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Repeat this for the other slipper.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

 Step 3: Make and attach the bunny’s cute little face

Cut two faces from cream wool felt.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Cut four cream bunny ears.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Cut two inner bunny ears out of pink felt.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Place the pink inner ear on top of the cream bunny ears.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Sew down the center of the ear to secure the pink felt to the cream felt – the pink will be open on both sides and that’s OK, that’s how I like it.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Pinch the bottom edge of the ear and sew a few stitches close to the bottom edge of the ear to make a little pleat – this will help the ears stick up more on the finished slipper.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Cut out a pink nose and place on the bunny face. Using a water-soluble fabric pen, trace around a small button (or draw a circle freehand) for two eyes.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Fill in the eyes using a satin stitch embroidery thread and a back stitch. Repeat to make the second bunny face.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Repeat for the other bunny face.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Step 4: Attach bunny face to slippers

Take one bunny face, two ears and one slipper upper.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Pin the bunny face on top of the slipper, slipping the ears between the two layers about 1/4″.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Sew across the top of the bunny face close to the edge to secure the bunny face and ears to the slipper.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Stitch around the perimeter of the face to secure it all around – it will make it easier to attach the sole later.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Turn the slipper inside out and set aside. Repeat for the other slipper.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Step 5: Make and attach the slipper’s non-slip sole

Cut out two inside soles from felted wool sweaters. You’ll want to cut one with the arch facing to the left, then flip the pattern upside down and cut out one with the arch facing to the right.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Repeat to cut out two bottom soles from the grip stop fabric so you have one with the arch facing to the left, then flip the pattern upside down and cut out one with the arch facing to the right.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Place the bottom sole (grip stop fabric) face down on your table. Lay the inner wool sole on top, right side up, matching arches.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Pin together placing pins on the grip stop fabric side.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Baste together very close to the edge – it will make it easier to attach the sole later. And here’s a tip: Place a piece of paper underneath your presser foot to keep the little rubber circle grippers on the fabric from gripping onto your presser foot. Nice, huh?

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

When it’s all sewn, you’ll have the grippers on the sole bottom with a nice soft felted wool sole inside to keep your feet cozy.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Now you’re going to attach the sole to the slipper. Pin the middle back first – middle of the sole pinned to the back seam of the slipper upper.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Then move to the front – pinch the sole in the half to find its center.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Pin together, placing pins on the slipper upper side (rather than on the sole side).

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

It will look like this:

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Sew around to attach at a 1/4″ seam.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

I used both a straight stitch at a 1/4″ seam plus a zigzag stitch and I think it looks pretty professional if I do say so myself.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Turn right side out.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

You can use a bone folder to help push out the seams.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Step 6: Attach slipper cuff to the bunny slippers

Now make the cuff. Cut out two cuffs from the sweater ribbing.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Fold in half, right sides together, and sew a 1/4″ seam to make a circle.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Turn right side out.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Stuff the cuff inside the top of the slipper, ribbing side down, so that the raw edges meet. Pin.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

You can see that it’s all tucked inside.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Sew at a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Pull the cuff straight up…

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

…then fold it in half to hide the stitches. Repeat for the other slipper. You’re done.

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

Slip on the slippers and stay warm and cozy all winter. Hippity, hoppity!

Kid's felted wool bunny slippers free sewing pattern recycled craft ideas

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sarah lavigne

Sunday 15th of December 2013

thanks!

sarah lavigne

Friday 13th of December 2013

any tips for changing this to fit a larger size?

Kathy Beymer

Saturday 14th of December 2013

Hi Sarah, to tell you the truth I'm not 100% sure. Here's what I think might work to properly size the pattern: Print out all pieces. Increase (or decrease) the size of the sole on a copier to fit your desired foot size plus about 1/2" around all sides. Now use what ever copier setting you needed to use to get the sole to fit properly (125%, 150%, 200%) to increase the size of all other pattern pieces proportionally. But I haven't tried it myself. My guess is that if you're sizing it up a bit then it will be OK, but if you're trying to size it up a lot of sizes it may be off. Sorry I can't help more confidently!

Heather Crosby

Friday 17th of February 2012

I can’t get enough of these. What an adorable idea, and your nail polish rocks.

Kathy Beymer

Saturday 18th of February 2012

Thanks, Heather! And yeah, I wish I could have my nails painted all the time...

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