I don’t sew often, and if I do, I never use a pattern.
That’s just how I roll.
I managed to sew these animal feet without much trouble, and they were so cute that I thought I should share how I made them!
What you’ll need:
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- Material (your choice but this tiger material is cute)
- Sewing machine (you could still hand stitch this though)
- Measuring tape
How to make animal feet slippers:
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.
- First, you need to start with the paw, so you’ll need to make a circle bigger than your child’s foot. Using the length of the foot +2cm as the diameter, use this circumference tool to get the circumference. Sooo easy!
- To make the circle I drew an X on the material using the foot length (+2cm) and then filled in the curves to make the circle. I then cut the circles out — remember you need two pieces of material.
- Cut the paw pads out just using your own measuring skills. All together they just need to fit on the circle. Once all the material pieces are ready, sew the brown footprints onto the furry side of the circles, like below.
- Now, pin one of the circles to the longest side of one of the leg material cut outs. I started from the middle to ensure the leg seam was at the back. Make sure the furry sides are facing toward each other so that the fur ends up on the outside.
- If you measured correctly, you should have a slight overlap of the sides. This is will be the leg seam. Sew the leg seam all the way down to the circle and then pin it flat. Next, sew around the edge of the circle.
- 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, because this type of material is very forgiving.
- 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 1cm of space for the elastic to be threaded through.
- Now repeat the sewing steps above for the other leg!
Once you have both sections all sewn, turn the material inside out. The fur should now be showing – add some cardboard (the same size as the circle bottom) to support the feet.
Check out our animal feet slippers
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.
It’s really enjoyable to be creative and make something special for the girls to encourage them to play more wildly.
Do you sew? If so, I’d love to hear about your creations! I always enjoy hearing from you.
These are adorable! My girls would have loved these a couple of years ago.
As for sewing – we don’t get along at all 🙂
I didn’t think my sewing machine and I got along but for some reason we worked that out. It always loved my mother better but it’s starting to see more creativity in me now. I can’t wait to see them on them all the time in winter. It will be sooo cute!
I love these!
Thanks so much for visiting and commenting MJ. Appreciate it 🙂
These are adorable! I wish I knew how to sew – I have a certain 4 yo who would adore his own pair of these.
i just saw these on pinterest and pinned immediately Penny!!! Such a fab idea…never thought of sewing my own!! Thanks for your instructions…i just love them…especially the elephant feet…so cute!!!
Nathalie Brown says
OMG this is just cuteness overload
Kate - An Everyday Story says
My kids would L.O.V.E these! Seriously! I think actually they might go a little nuts if I did actually make them hehe. I really should get my machine out again…I was just telling Kate L how fun it is to make things….that’s it..I’m making something tonight 😀 Now I don’t have any animal print sooooo what to make??? 😀
Renee @ adventuresathomewithmum says
These are sooooo cute.
I don’t sew, I’d love to and I may just manage these. Dimples would love some…
PINNING! These are seriously awesome. Do you think adults can get away with wearing them?
Mud Hut Mama says
These are so cute! I very rarely sew but these are cute enough that I might have to give it a try!
[email protected] Little Bookcase says
I made some from cheap animal print bath mats! Already had piping along the top and nice and thick. Can sew by hand don’t need a machine. My kids LOVE them thank you so much
Oh My goodness Emma, that’s wonderful! I’d love to see them if you’d be happy to share 🙂
You made my day!
Thanks! I’m planning to modify these slightly for a Halloween costume.
Penny Whitehouse says
I’d love to see what came up with. I bet they’ll be amazing!