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!
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.