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Nov 20, 2018 16:31:37   #
k moore
 
IF in the wrong section please forgive me.
Years ago I felted a pair of clog slippers.
I love them still and wear daily.
The sole is wearing thru. Not sure what to do.
Would you felt a flat piece and try fitting and sewing to bottom?
Would you try to find a sturdy cloth and sew ?
Would you just give up your favorite pair of slippers and make a new pair?
 
Nov 20, 2018 16:34:01   #
Charlotte80 (a regular here)
 
My DD hand sews fabric soles on the slippers I make for her.
Nov 20, 2018 16:35:01   #
SometimesaKnitter
 
You could try felting a square of yarn, then cut it to fit the sole and sew it on. To prevent this in the future you could sew some leather on the bottom of your slippers.
Nov 20, 2018 16:36:36   #
Marilynf
 
When I make felted skippers, I knit a big square and felt that too. When all is dry, I cut the square into 2 soles and use spray glue to make them stick to the slipper bottom. I have replaced soles on my slippers more than once. I love mine too and don't want to toss them.
Nov 20, 2018 16:41:01   #
k moore
 
Thank you for the good idea.
I didn't know there was a spray glue.
I will definitely look into this option
Nov 20, 2018 16:41:54   #
MMWRay (a regular here)
 
I think there is a sole pattern floating around the internet that you can knit, felt and glue/sew on.
 
Nov 20, 2018 16:45:33   #
k moore
 
Leather on the bottom. Wow I truly learn so much from everyone here.
I wasent sure if sewing on the newly felted bottom would hold.
Perhaps a spray glue and a sew around would be just the trick. Thank you
Nov 20, 2018 16:47:37   #
k moore
 
Thank you everyone. There's hope for the comfy
Purple slippers
Nov 20, 2018 17:10:01   #
Country Bumpkins
 
k moore wrote:
Thank you everyone. There's hope for the comfy
Purple slippers


What about needle felting the bottom then spray?
Nov 20, 2018 18:06:17   #
mao
 
My son in law loves the fiber trends felted clogs, wears them constantly 6mos/yr at home and they rarely last more than 2-3 years. I have tried putting a 3rd sole layer in and that can prolong their life a little more. Once they wear through in one spot, more will develop, though, and I am just happy to make him another pair.
Nov 20, 2018 20:54:41   #
GrumpyGramma (a regular here)
 
Good question and I appreciate the answers. I've not felted slippers yet but now I know they can be made to last longer.
 
Nov 20, 2018 21:45:36   #
Neeterbug (a regular here)
 
Buy a pack of wool for felting (sold at crafting stores)...then use a self-felting needle (not sure the name) ...a special tool for felting.

I knit a pair of clogs (felt) for my sweet husband and the bottoms are getting holes. He repairs them with the wool and tool...they have lasted years with his repairs. They are in need of being replaced and I started knitting another replacement pair today.

Sweet husband said he would make a photo of the felting tool if you are interested.
Nov 21, 2018 07:59:30   #
WINDSPRINTER
 
k moore wrote:
IF in the wrong section please forgive me.
Years ago I felted a pair of clog slippers.
I love them still and wear daily.
The sole is wearing thru. Not sure what to do.
Would you felt a flat piece and try fitting and sewing to bottom?
Would you try to find a sturdy cloth and sew ?
Would you just give up your favorite pair of slippers and make a new pair?


Unless you are an expert knitter capable of flawless, undetectable mending repairs, I would make a new pair of slippers. Some articles of clothing can successfully be repaired/patched/mended. However, when it comes to feet, I am thinking that one should use caution in repairing/patching/mending socks and slippers to avoid unintentionally causing a potential irritant/callous producing design change. Or a change that might cause the wearer to accommodate the design change when wearing in such a manner that might hurt their foot in some other way. This is of particular concern if the wearer has diabetes or other circulatory/medical concerns. Feet are important. Protect your feet from excessively worn socks, slippers, shoes. Your feet deserve a new pair of slippers. And think of the fun you will have selecting the yarn, pattern, and felting. If the new pair turns out well, why not make a second pair? Whatever you decide to do, enjoy your retirement! And have a good day!
Nov 21, 2018 09:53:56   #
amishtulip
 
Fiber Trends slipper soles are available at Webs and other places I'm sure. They are suede and have pre-punched holes for a sewing or darning needle to go through to sew them to the slippers. I used them on slippers for my husband and son. I don' think they ever wear out!
Nov 21, 2018 10:14:50   #
LinnK
 
I have mistakenly felted a sweater or two and even purchased 100% wool sweaters beyond use to felt at home on purpose to use for repairing loved felted slippers. It works just fine and a nice way to SAVE your work to enjoy for another winter or two. The problem is that hubby doesn’t wear out soles equally so his two feet dont match on the bottom. Not to worry....he doesn’t go bottom-up too often!
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