Do you have a friend, relation or partner who loves to make stuff?
When everyone is hibernating between Christmas and Spring, they’ll love the satisfaction of making a pair of slippers by hand.
I’ve sourced a diverse range of kits you can buy your loved one, so that they can make their own footwear.
Joe’s Toes (love the name), offers an excellent selection of slipper kits, from ridiculously adorable knit your own baby slippers…
…to plain or fun adults’ options in a selection of colours.
Stitch & Story have created this excellent knitted slipper kit, which provides everything you need (including needles), to create your own slippers. It’s aimed at beginners, so the recipient doesn’t need to be a knitting whizz already.
I Can Make Shoes is a company which provides workshops on shoe-making to the public. If your budget won’t stretch to a gift voucher for a course, you can buy this slipper making kit for your favourite person instead.
Prym sell the components you need to make your own espadrilles. You can start by using the base fabrics they sell, and when you get more expert, buy another pair of soles and make your own uppers (perhaps out of something cosy).
If simplicity of aesthetic suits your recipient’s taste, Iriss of Penzance sells reasonably-priced kits for making these warm felted slippers.
If you know someone who would prefer to learn the craft of slipper making with like-minded people, you could send them to the Learn to Wet Felt Slippers course at the Fluff-a-torium in Dorking, Surrey…
…or one of the excellent courses run by moccasin expert Rose Choules in Bude, Cornwall. I’m sorely tempted by this Baby Moccasin Workshop.
I hope my guide makes your Christmas shopping a little easier. Let me know how your gift is received in the comments or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.