Tutorial – Kitty Feet

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Materials:

-Poly Foam
-Plain house Slippers
-Plastic Canvas
-3mm or 6mm black craft foam
-Main foot fabric (I used yellow fleece – it’s fuzzy and stretchy, sturdier than felt, and easier to work with than faux fur – use whatever works best for your costume)
-Thread in a matching color
-Embroidery floss in any color
-Large needle
-Felt for any detail needed (I used brown felt for the stripes)
-3/4″ Elastic
-Scrap fabric
-Marker
-Glue (Hot glue, fabric glue, tacky glue, etc.)
-Polyfill (optional)
-Foam cutting tool…or just any old pair of scissors

Poly Foam (Upholstery section)

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Plain house slippers (I bought these at Wal-mart)

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Plastic canvas (you should find this with the cross-stitching supplies), foam, felt & embroidery floss

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Place the slipper on the plastic canvas. Trace out on the plastic canvas what you want the sole of your foot to look like. In this case I need them wide and fat – so I extended them on either side and added the toes.

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Now cut out two and and glue them to the soles of the slippers.

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Now cut out pieces of the poly foam to fill in the rest of the shape that the original slipper doesn’t provide – here the sides and the toes.

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Here I sandwiched two layers together. You may or may not need to do this. I cut it out so it fit on top Here it looks like some strange sandwich that’s been bitten into. XD

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Now shape the foam into a nice rounded shape until it looks like a paw. You can buy a tool to cut foam, but I honestly just used scissors. You don’t need it to be 100% precision smooth, becasue it’s going to be covered with a thick fabric that hides the imperfections.

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Now it’s time to cut out the fabric. Experiment with something cheaper that you don’t mind throwing away until you get a shape that will fit around your foot. Mine is something of a rounded bell shape. I didn’t want a seam down the front, and they are loose fitting, so it worked in this case.

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When you cut it out and fold it in half it should be similar to this. If the fabric is only 2 way stretch, make sure you cut it so it stretches horizontally. Sew up the back.

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Now cut out a piece of fabric for the bottom and pin the first piece of fabric to it around the slipper so it”s like a sock. Remove, sew, and flip back right side out so the seam is in on the inside. (I know here I have a white fabric, but I was just trying to get the shape. Use the same fabric as the rest of the foot.)

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Now pull it back over the slipper and it should look similar to this.

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I also added a bias tape elastic casing to the top, (similar to the waistband on a pair of pajama pants) necessary to keep them from slipping down.

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Now take the embroidery thread (in the same color as your fabric) and a big needle and using several stitches tack down the fabric to the plastic canvas. Otherwise it will slide around.

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Notice all the little tacks around the edges? It’s messy but don’t worry because it’ll be covered up in the end.

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Next you’ll probably want to define the toes. First I used embroidery thread to pinch it in place and tie it underneath. (Optional step)

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Then I defined them even more by gluing a thin stripe of felt between the toes. Now is a good time to add any other detailing, like spots, stripes, bows, whatever your character requires. I just cut them out of felt and glued them on. (Again, optional)

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Now take that black foam and cut out sort of a sole for the bottom of the foot. It will keep you fabric from getting dirty and provide a grip so you don’t slide around on floors. Trace the bottom of the foot and cut it a bit smaller.

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Glue it to the bottom and make sure it doesn’t stick off the sides.

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Yay now you can wear it!! =D To hide the elastic casing, I just roll it under. ^^

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Now you have a magical costume accessory bound to get you noticed and some extremely warm house slippers for the winter.

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