You may by now know that Scott is on the picky side when it comes to knits. Well, clothes. Well, a lot of things. He's very particular. About certain things. Not only is he allergic to wool, but being colorblind, there are some (ahem, many) color combinations that he just won't wear. What can he say, he likes what he likes. He doesn't ask for much, but when he does, it's a hunt. Or a bit of panic if it's something I need to knit.
During this pregnancy, he's been really wonderful. Picking up things, getting me water, fixing dinner, doing laundry, refusing to let me carry any groceries, shoveling the driveway and clearing off my car in the mornings after a snow storm, etc. And all with nary a grudge, grumble or complaint. So when he asked me to "fix" his slippers so he could wear them, I couldn't refuse.
He loves these slippers, but the bottom padding is so thin that his feet stay cold wearing them. I figured inserting some padding would help. (He also wanted to take these to the hospital, so time was tight and he had to pitch in to get them done.)
Step 1: Inspect slipper
There is just enough space between the bottom of the foot and the top padding to fit an insert.
Step 2: Create template
Or, Have Scott create a template from the bottom of the foot. He did this sitting on the kitchen floor. I can't bend forward much anymore. Usually, I like to put knit swatches on the floor to measure the stitches and rows per inch. These days, not so much.
Step 3: Cut 2 foam pieces from template
Scott did this too.
Step 4: Create 2nd template for fabric
The foam is 1" thick, so I figured an extra 1/2" around should do the trick. Scott did the work.
Step 5: Cut 4 fabric pieces
Scott ironed the fabric. I traced the templates, pinned them out and cut them.
Step 6: Sew fabric pieces
It's been so long since I used my sewing machine, I couldn't remember how to thread it. Good thing I kept the manual.
My first attempt resulted in a lot of extra fabric, so I sewed a second line about 1/4" in and trimmed the excess fabric. Not perfect:
but not bad:
Step 7: Invert sewn fabric, stuff foam pieces in; admire handiwork
Step 8: Procrastinate
I don't like hand-sewing...
Step 9: Sew openings closed
I did this during the early hours of last week's false labor. If this was it, and I could still function, I thought I had better get these slippers done so he could take them to the hospital.
False alarm yields finished inserts:
Step 10: Stuff inserts into slippers; note happy expression on Scott's face