Honestly, I'm not exactly sure what happened here. I started out with this image of denim slippers found via some pinterest links on mending posted in this amazing blog post on the Craft Sessions. Now that I look back at the picture, they look a little different than I remembered. But anyway, James needed new slippers for his second year of kindergarten. So I decided that I would make James a pair of slippers with these in mind,and of course influenced by all of the hand stitching that internet rabbit hole had exposed me to. So here we are.
James picked the yellow floral and the gold (of course!) stitching on the front. I picked the denim and the red stitching. My feelings about the results are sort of tepid. Does that ever happen to you? You're all gung ho about a project, all inspired and fired up, and get to the end and wonder what happened? But I'm very proud that I drafted the pattern for these myself, in just a few minutes, with his help, and they fit!
There was a time constraint involved. Perhaps there was a moment when I could've reevaluated, but didn't in the rush to get them done? But today James has a pair of slippers to wear in kindergarten that his mama made for him, a cuddly reminder of my love as he goes out on his own. So that's something.
Details: quilting cotton lining, lightweight denim outer, suede sole stitched inside denim (from a thrifted suede jacket), uppers are interlined with a layer of flannel and then a piece of cotton batting tucked in, sole is interlined with a thick sturdy piece of felted wool sweater.
Next time: make the entire sole suede and put a little suede bumper on the toe like I've seen in some rtw slippers