I’ve had on my To Do list for quite a while and since my girls have been rather interested in dress ups lately, it was the perfect time to try it out. These animal feet surpassed my expectations and the girls adore them. We’re also giving a pair as a gift to a special, little friend.
How to Make Animal Feet Slippers
1. The hardest part of making the animal feet is getting the sizing of the material right. You’ll need to measure your child’s leg (from the base of the foot to the knee), the width of the leg just under the knee and the length of the foot, and then add 2cm to each.
It’s quite easy to get the circumference of a circle (see below), using the length of the foot +2cm as the diameter. Use this circumference tool, sooo easy!
To make the circle I just made a cross using the foot length (+2cm) and then filled in the curves to make the circle and cut the shapes out. I also cut the shapes of the paw prints using brown material.
2. Once all these components are ready, sew the brown footprints onto the furry side of the circles, like below.
3. Then pin a circle to the longest side of one the leg material cut outs. I started from the middle, so the foot print was facing the right way to ensure the leg seam was at the back. Make sure the furry bits are facing toward each other.
4. If you measured correctly, you should have a slight overlap of the sides that will make the leg seam. Sew the leg seam first all the way down to the circle and then pin it flat. Next, Sew around the edge of the circle.
5. Double check it’s all sealed. It’s not hard to go back and resew it if there’s a little part that was missed. This type of material is very forgiving!
6. Now it’s time to make the edging up near the where the material will sit under the knee, so that you can add some elastic. It’s quite easy, just fold down the material and sew around it, making sure that you leave at least one centimetre of space for the elastic to be threaded through.
7. Now you have to do the same for the other leg.
Now, turn it the right side round and add some cardboard (the same size as the circled bottom) to support the feet and viola, beautiful animal feet slippers. Below are polar bear slippers, jaguar slippers and tiger slippers. Rawr!
And I couldn’t leave Miss Possum out. She requested an elephant. I just added the material to make nails on the outside of the material.
I’ve only recently started sewing after making some adorable animal bean bags so I hope the instructions work for you. I tried to provide as many photos as I could to help explain how I made them.
I’m so glad I’m going out of my comfort zone and dusting off my sewing machine. It’s really enjoyable to be creative and make something special for the girls to encourage them to play as animals.
Do you sew?