Sew your own Mary Jane slippers

Try sewing your own pair of adorable Mary Jane slippers.

By Akiko Mano

Sew cute Mary Jane slippers
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These slippers are one of my favourite projects, and since these slippers are lined with quilt batting, they're extra warm and snug. The soles are suede to prevent slipping.

Finished measurements
Approximately 9" long

Materials
Wool: 31 7/8" x 13 3/8"
Suede: 8 3/8" x 11 1/8"
Cotton: 11 7/8" x 12 1/2"
Thick quilt batting: 7" x 10 1/4"
Velcro fasteners (1/2" long x 3/8" wide): 2 sets
Felt insoles (commercially available): 1 set

Cutting the fabric:
Dimensions include the seam allowance. All seam allowances are indicated in parentheses (see diagram here).

Instructions
1. Using pattern paper, draw and cut out the two patterns as shown under "Cutting the Fabric." (Be sure that the patterns for the right and left feet are mirror images of each other.)

Find the diagram for steps 2 through 6 here!
2.
For each strap, fold the fabric in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press. Place the Velcro fastener on the strap as shown in the diagram. Sew 1/8" from the edge along the two long sides of the strap, securing the Velcro in place. Sew 3/8" from the edge on one short end.

3. For each loop, fold the fabric in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press. Edgestitch along the long side.

4. For each shoe, lay one shoe top right side up. Place the strap, bottom side up, and the loop on the shoe top as shown in the diagram, making sure that the loop and strap are directly across from each other and that the raw edges are aligned. Sew in lace 3/16" from the edge of the shoe top. Be sure the right and left shoes are mirror images of each other.

5. Fold the shoe top in half, right sides together. Sew the heels 3/8" from the edge.

6. Place the shoe top without a strap on the shoe top that has the strap, right sides together. Sew 3/8" from the edge along the top of the shoe. Cut slits in the seam allowance of the curved fabric. Turn the shoe right side out and stitch the upper edges.

Find the diagram for steps 7 through 9 here!
7.
Align the outer sole with the shoe top, right sides together. Sew 3/8" from the edge around the sole. Cut slits in the seam allowance of the curved fabric. (Keep track of which shoe is which and make sure the strap loop is on the inside.)

8. Make the insole. Lay the cotton insole wrong side up; center the batting on top. Place the felt insole on the batting. Fold the cotton insole over the felt insole and hand stitch in place.

9. Place the completed insole, felt side down, on the wrong side of the outer sole. Hand stitch in place and turn the shoe right side out.

See a larger image of the Mary Jane slippers here!

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Excerpted from Linen, Wool, Cotton, copyright 2005 by Akiko Mano. Used by permission of Random House, Inc.
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