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Boutique Slippers: 8 Slippers from Fat Quarters Paperback – September 1, 2011

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This has to be one of the best ways to use your fat quarters. Make comfortable slippers from eight designs, plus 5 interchangeable clips to decorate your slippers and one slipper tote. Full size patterns are given in small, medium and large sizes. The designs range from slip ons to espadrilles. I love the Asian flower slippers. This is a neat little book with great photography, easy to follow instructions and something you can wear the same day as they don't take long to make. The patterns should be easy to adjust to your size.-KarenPlatt.co.uk Making footwear of any type sounds like something only a trained shoemaker would do, but take a look at this book and discover that it isn't actually all that difficult. Make slippers for yourself and everybody on your gift list! This book has certainly solved at least one present problem for me as I wonder what to get for hard-to-please types. There are eight pairs of slippers in here and five designs for clips to decorate them with. Styles range from a bootee suitable for colder weather to espadrilles that tie around the ankles with ribbons, slippers with bows or frills, plain Mary Janes that fold up small and a sachet to put them in for travelling. The patterns are printed at the back and come in three sizes, ranging from 5/6 up to 9/10, with women's feet in mind but the canny pattern maker can change these without too much trouble and a dummy run in calico. Quantities of fabric are given in fat quarters, and the photographs show some of the lovely cottons that a quilting emporium sells. Of course you can make them in other fabrics too and with leftover scraps, making this a fun way of being green and recycling unused fabric. A total beginner at sewing might be better starting with something else, but anybody who is au fait with sewing terms and has a bit of dressmaking experience behind them shouldn't have too much trouble. The instructions are clear with simple, helpful diagrams and nothing takes too long to make up. This is definitely a book for the keeper shelf.-Myshelf.com

About the Author

Lorine Mason is an author, a project designer, and a columnist. She is the author of Dressing Up 18 Inch Dolly, Love to Dress Up 18 Inch Doll Clothes and Scrubs & More. She lives in Herndon, Virginia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Annie's (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592173403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592173402
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Likes quality on October 16, 2011
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Utterly adorable, professional-looking slippers to sew: wonderful gifts. Full size patterns are included to trace.

Now, here are the PROBLEMS with this book:

- The instructions for assembly have you HAND-SEWING on the sole. You can speed things up greatly if you go to Youtube and find an alternate method of sewing these together completely by machine. Also, look for a method that allows you to insert a stiff sole insert.

- There aren't really 8 TOTALLY different slipper styles here, either: there are really just four: the slip-on mules, the ballet slippers, the espadrilles and the boots. The others just look like variations on the ballet slipper: like the throat goes higher up toward your ankle. Maybe I'm wrong about this: go take a look at the photos on Amazon for yisself :)

- I think the title is misleading. I always think "from fat quarters" means you can make something from 1 single fat quarter. These patterns have you using 3 different fat quarters for each slipper which, depending on where you buy your fat quarters, can get pretty pricey. I used cotton remnants; they're still adorable.

- There are also some typos in the book, but they're not fatal.

I'm not sorry I bought the book but, honestly, you don't have to. SEARCH for free slipper patterns and check out Youtube for assembly.

Now that I have this all figured out, I am having a ball making mules and ballet slippers. They really are so cute and they look totally profesh! I can't stop looking at them! Every femme on my holiday list is getting one pair of each! So much fun to decorate them with flowers, buttons and yo-yos.

A tip for making non-skid bottoms: get puffy fabric paint and make a bunch of dots and/or lines on the sole!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt on August 23, 2011
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This has to be one of the best ways to use your fat quarters. Make comfortable slippers from eight designs, plus 5 interchangeable clips to decorate your slippers and one slipper tote. Full size patterns are given in small, medium and large sizes. The designs range from slip ons to espadrilles. I love the Asian flower slippers. This is a neat little book with great photography, easy to follow instructions and something you can wear the same day as they don't take long to make. The patterns should be easy to adjust to your size. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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I bought this book because our sewing club at Nancy's Notions was making these slippers one moth and I wanted tor give them a try. At any rate I got the book off of Amazon without looking at it at all first. So I didn't really check out the book before I bought it. However, the slippers look pretty cute. My friend and I both made the floral ballet slippers. I was not too impressed by the fact that she wants you to HAND sew the bottom on. To me hand sewing is a four letter word...and not nice. So I used her pattern but I didn't sew it together using her directions. I made the outer slipper and then sewed the lining then sewed the lining into the slipper and left an opening in the sole seam to turn it....turned it sewed the hole shut and topstitched around the top opening. All good and NO hand sewing. I had to make 2 pair in order to get the size correct. All in all ....I was so so happy with them. Of course they MIGHT have turned out differently if I had followed her directions....so don't know how useful this review really is. sort of like reviewing a recipe that you didn't follow....of course you will get different results if you don't use the same ingredients as the original. So...take it for what it is worth. As far as the actual pattern pieces they are all in the book and easy to trace. My friend did use her directions and she said they were easy to follow and logical. You know that can be a real issue...sometimes books and patterns give lousy directions....not so with this book. If you don't mind hand sewing you would probably really like these patterns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Connie on December 17, 2011
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I am delighted to see the many different ways to make slippers for my neices and nephew. I am excited to start to make them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pattea H. Wall on October 22, 2011
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What a great idea -- and something new. I can't wait to make some pairs for friends and maybe even myself.
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I was looking for a pattern book to make basic fleece slippers for leisure wear and this book more than did what I was looking for. There are several styles and detailed instructions and the thing I liked the most is that the patterns are full size and you don't have to enlarge them before you can use them. While the instructions are for use with 'fat quarters' I use fleece and that works equally as well. A good book for someone who wants detailed instructions and good basic patterns. This book is a good addition to my pattern collection.
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By Marilyn on May 17, 2012
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I got to the part about top stitching the sole - how does one get into the toe area? Also, I used non skid fabric (has little rubber nubs) and cannot press the edge over the interfacing edge. I'm an experienced sewer, but this was one of the most difficult projects I've ever undertaken. There is no provision for cushion. My guess is once finished, I'll feel like I'm walking barefoot. I'll try finishing these some other time, but I agree, there have to be better patterns out there.
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