Stitch a pair of padded slippers and an embroidered sleep mask for a cosy sleepover or girlie evening in. Ideal for stash busting, all you need is a few fat quarters, plus some wadding and heavyweight interfacing to make this pretty set. It’s a great project for practising your embroidery skills and binding curved edges.
- Printed cotton, six fat quarters
- Plain white cotton
- Heavyweight calico
- 4oz wadding
- Pelmet weight sew-in interfacing
- Ultra-heavy fusible interfacing
- Bias binding maker, 1.2cm wide
- Dark grey embroidery thread
- Elastic, 1.5cm wide, 37cm
- Slippers: 11cm x custom length
- Eye mask: 10cm x 20cm
Stitch a pair of slippers
Download and print the templates from the tab above. Cut a complete inner sole from scrap paper and stand one foot on the template. If it is too short, cut along the lengthen/shorten line and stick a strip of paper in the gap to increase the template. If the inner sole is too long for your foot, fold under the excess length along the same line. Adjust the outer sole templates by the same amount.
Cut one 30cm square from white cotton and wadding, two inner soles from pelmet weight and ultra-heavy interfacing, two outer soles from calico, four slipper uppers from green patterned fabric and two from plain white fabric and wadding. Also cut four 2.5cm x 35cm bias strips from pink patterned fabric for the binding.
Starting 4cm in from and parallel with one edge, use a sharp pencil to draw five parallel lines 1.5cm apart on the right side of the white patterned fabric square. Repeat on the opposite edge of the fabric. Place the wadding square on the wrong side of the white one, followed by the patterned square right side up on top. Pin the layers together. Stitch along the drawn lines to quilt.
Draw around the outer sole template twice on the quilted fabric, matching the broken lines to the quilted ones. Tack the layers just inside the outlines then cut out. Press the pelmet interfacing inner soles to the ultra-heavy interfacing ones. Place the inner soles centrally on the calico outer soles, pin the quilted pieces right side up on top. Tack around the outer edges.
Place one wadding upper sole on a plain white one right side down. Place a green patterned upper right side up on top. Pin and tack the layers together. The remaining uppers will be the linings. Fold the uppers in half with the right sides facing and stitch the darts. Repeat for the linings. Pin the uppers and linings together with right sides facing. Repeat to prepare a second slipper.
Stitch around the curved edges taking a 6mm seam allowance. Carefully trim away the wadding in the seam allowance and snip the curves. Turn right side out and press the seam. Tack the raw edges together. Topstitch 6mm in from the seam. With right sides facing up, pin the uppers to the soles, matching the centres, dots and notches. Tack the outer edges.
Join two binding strips together end to end with right sides facing, using a 6mm seam allowance. Press the seam open. Repeat with the remaining strips, then make into bias binding using a bias binding maker. Bind the outside edges of both slippers, starting from the inside edge of each sole and overlapping the raw ends.
Sew a sleep mask
Download and print the template from the tab above. Cut a sleep mask from white cotton, wadding and patterned fabric. Cut a 5cm x 48cm bias strip for the elastic casing plus two more 2.5cm x 30cm bias ones for the binding from patterned fabric.
Transfer the eyes and eyebrows onto the white mask and embroider in stem stitch using three strands of thread. Place the wadding on the wrong side of the patterned mask, followed by the embroidered piece right side up on top. Tack the outer edges.
Fold the elastic casing in half lengthways with right sides facing. Stitch the long edge, using a 6mm seam allowance. Turn out with a bodkin. Cut 37cm of elastic and attach the bodkin to one end. Thread it through the casing. Pin the elastic and casing ends level.
Stitch the ends of the casing to the patterned side of the mask at the dots. Join the remaining strips together, using a 6mm seam allowance, then make into binding as before. Bind the edge of the mask, overlapping the ends by 1.5cm.
sew a sleep mask