Member Exclusive Class: Snow Day Slippers

Join Brenda K.B. Anderson for a LIVE sewing workshop! Make these snuggly-warm slippers for everyone on your list this holiday season! Soft and cozy, these slippers are like a big hug for your feet. Choose from a wide variety of fabrics to personalize this project for each lucky recipient: fleece, faux fur, sherpa, wool suiting, re-purposed felted sweaters. The list goes on! These slippers can be made in size child through adult and use materials that can be easily found at a local fabric/craft store.

In this class, you will learn how to construct these slippers using the pattern provided. Brenda will talk about different materials and how they affect the look and feel of the finished piece. She will guide you through the construction process, with tips on how to work with tricky fabrics such as faux fur, striped and other directional fabrics.

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110 Responses to “Member Exclusive Class: Snow Day Slippers”

  1. BatCraft

    It was a challenge but I made 11 pair and they look very good. I tried the first pair without watching the video and it turned out good. I tried to make a second pair and it was too much. Then I watched the videos and it helped tremendously. I did extend the edge of the sole where the dense foam was attached. Now I need to make a pair for myself. :^) Thank you!

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  2. Danielle Schultz

    I wonder if anyone beta tested these slippers besides the instructor. It’s insanely difficult to sew consistent 1/4″ seems when working with really thick or furry fabric–you just can’t control a consistent distance with the slippage and furriness. Sewing polar fleece to sherpa or fake fur requires dealing with the length of the pile on the fur–nearly impossible with 1/4″ seams. This pattern needs to be redrafted with 1/2″ or 5/8″ seems or it will be REALLY hard for a beginner. I realize the fit isn’t critical, but it really requires checking and often re-sewing both sides of any seam. Also, closing up the back seam for turning in a fur fabric is extremely difficult because you can hardly locate the backing fabric. And, makers should be aware that the stitching used on to attach the foam to the sole will show–and with that thickness, few machines will produce a uniform stitch (and I have a far better machine than the instructor was using). This is NOT, in my opinion, a beginner pattern (and I’ve been sewing for over 40 years).

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Danielle,

      Thank you for your feedback. I have forwarded your comment to the proper department. We value your opinion, and it will help with the development of our online streaming community. We will continue to listen and work hard for your complete satisfaction.

      Thank you!

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    • Brenda K.B. Anderson

      Hello Danielle! Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on the class. I’m sorry that you are having trouble! I wanted to respond to each of your points in order to help anyone out there who is having the same difficulties. I hope this helps!

      You can certainly add extra seam allowances to all of your pattern pieces if that helps you. I have taught many people to sew with fur over the years and I know this seems really counterintuitive, but most people have better luck with smaller seam allowances on fur- especially when putting curves together (like when sewing the sole to the upper pieces). In fact, in the shop where I worked, we usually used only 1/8” seam allowances because then you can see if the edges are matching up more easily. With larger seam allowances it is very difficult to keep the pieces from sliding around as you stitch and much harder for most people to keep a consistent seam. I would recommend basting the pieces together first, and taking your time when sewing the pieces together by machine and re-positioning the edge as needed as you stitch. However, having said all of that, everyone stitches differently and you may find that adding extra seam allowances works better for you- so of course you should try that too.

      About the seam showing when you stitch the densified batting to the sole: you should be stitching the densified batting to the wrong side of the lining fabric- not to the outer sole. The zig-zag seam will show on the interior of the slipper (right along the edge where sole gets stitched to uppers), but if you use a fur or sherpa you will not be able to see it at all. It will not show in the outside of the slipper because you stitch it to the lining and not to the outer sole.

      I have used the densified batting on a few different domestic machines to make sure it would sew well, and I found it to sew quite well on each of them as long as you push the “foam” down to the throat plate before it gets under the presser foot. You have to flatten this yourself and not rely on your machine to pull it through. (I demonstrate this in the video if you want to see what I mean). If you happen to have a walking foot attachment, that might help too. If this still isn’t working for you, you could try ripping the densified batting in half (so that it is half as thick). This can easily be done and I did demonstrate this in the video if that helps.

      For help stitching the lining closed: You are right- it is difficult to tell where the edge of the fur backing is- you will not be able to see it. However, you can feel it with the tip of your needle. You don’t need to do a slip stitch here, you can do a whip stitch instead. The good news about using fur is that your stitches will sink into the fur pile, and you won’t be able to tell if they are perfect or not. It just needs to be functional- not pretty 🙂

      When I designed this project, I wanted to come up with a project that would be able to teach new skills to some of our more seasoned sewists, but also be approachable for our less experienced sewists. For those newer to sewing (or newer to sewing with tricky fabrics) I recommend sticking with fleece (or a low-pile Sherpa).

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  3. Carol Yaple

    This was a great class. I went to Joann’s today and bought my materials and I am planning to make a pair for a christmas gift. They look so soft and comfy.

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  4. Rita Jensen

    Brenda does an absolutely amazing job of making the instructions clear and concise. This was so much fun and I will be making a couple pairs for a quick Christmas gift this year. Thanks so much!

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  5. Kathi

    Loved it. Tried to get on at just after 10 am, but didn’t see the email until to late. Watched the replay.

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  6. Patricia

    Good class, great teacher, would love to have more like these in future – thank you Craftsy

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  7. Barbara Wilson

    Have been sewing since a little girl. If I wanted doll clothes had to make them. However, making the clothes became more fun than playing with the dolls, lol.

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    • Marcia Geotsalitis

      I’m a premium member but ALWAYS have trouble accessing courses. Thanks for the pattern BUT I don’t think I’ll be renewing unless I can get technical challenges resolved. Also even as a premium member I’ve a poor selection of included courses. Most require additional fees. That’s not what I thought I’d get from Craftsy.

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      • Lorna

        I also have technical issues on my desktop mac but have found logging in with an iPad everything and all videos work fine.

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      • Customer Service

        Hi Marcia. I am sorry you are having trouble accessing your classes. Please contact customer service with any issues and they can assist you with this. https://www.craftsy.com/contact/ In regards to the classes, you do not need to purchase individual classes once you are logged into your membership on the website or the mobile app. We have a Purchase Option feature available for customers that would like to keep that specific class in their collection, or a class that is not included with the membership.
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        Sarah
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      • Eileen Berggren

        cancel my membership I wanted a pattern for a beanie hat for a 3yr. old boy But I have to buy it and I thought this would be unclouded with my membership just cancel me I am very disappointed with the way you do business

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  8. Terri Maldonado

    Perfect timing. I want to make slippers in different sizes, so, during the winter when people enter our home they can remove their shoes/boots and put on a pair of warm slippers.

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    • Barbara

      Wow, that is a really nice idea. I’m having new floors put in so I’m going to copy your idea. Unless, of course, you would rather I didn’t.

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  9. Andrea J Stout

    SO excited to learn more about making these Snow Day Slippers. My grandkids will love them!

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  10. Jacqueline

    I too am looking forward to this class but can anyone verify the class time in UK?

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    • Jessica Sprague

      Hi Jacqueline,
      This sewing workshop will begin streaming LIVE at 6:00 p.m. in the United Kingdom. The event will also be avaiable for replay at anytime after the stream ends. I hope this helps!

      Thank you!

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  11. Susan

    I am looking forward to the class. This will be the first time I have participated in such an event. It will be great!

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  12. PATRICIA

    I’m excited! I have to work that day but so glad it is going to be up on YouTube!!

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  13. dottyb50@comcast.net

    If I cannot view the program at that time, will it be available for viewing later?

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    • Jessica Sprague

      Hi there! Yes, this live stream will be available for replay in case you miss it or would like to rewatch!

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  14. Bobbi Jo

    I think I signed up to be on the panel and I am not Interested in doing that. Sorry if I’ve caused a problem.

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    • Jessica Sprague

      No problem! Thank you for letting us know. We hope you still watch the live stream if you can!

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  15. Maura Adams

    This looks like an interesting and useful class. I didn’t enter to be a Zoom panelist because I might not be able to stay beyond 2pm CT.

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  16. Zoey

    Thank you for the Opportunity to Participate. Warmest Regards, Zoey from Tasmania, Australia 🙂

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  17. Kristine Born

    I keep extra slippers at my home for guests to wear when they visit during the winter.
    They can leave their wet shoes or boots at the door.

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