Organization of Instructions
The entirety of this pattern is one 8.5" x 11" sheet.
The single page design makes this pattern super convenient for storage. Just one sheet. This is one of the easiest patterns storage wise, because there are not multiple pages to lose.
Of course, having all of the instructions on one page means that the instructions are more compact. So, when you first look over them, just take it one step at a time. :)
Also, the pattern pieces are included on the sheet, so you just trace off of that, which also saves space! I trace any pattern I use anyway, so this just adds to the convenience of storage. Again, I won't be losing any parts to this pattern!
Ease of Instructions
The instructions are clearly written and the diagrams are easily viewed and followed.
Are Additional Manuals Necessary
All instructions are included in the pattern. Including how to hand stitch the binding. Based on the instructions, you do NOT need experience. However I believe that experience sewing rounded seams and applying binding would be very helpful to prevent any frustration.
Level of Experience Required
Beginner, Intermediate or Expert
I would say this is more of an experienced beginner pattern.
There are some things that a beginner sewer may not have experienced yet and could find frustrating. There is also some hand sewing, which many first-time sewers may find too daunting.
You also need to pre-quilt your fabric before you cut, so again, someone with a bit more experience than a brand spanking new beginner. :)
Also, you will need to adjust the pattern size for different slippers. Don't worry, the instructions on doing this are very clear and easy to follow, just not something a first-time would probably want to tackle.
Honestly, I would have absolutely no problem teaching this in person to a class of beginner sewers. But, I would not recommend it to the first-time sewer at home.
I know that I would have attempted this as a beginner and felt a little frustrated at times but also felt extremely proud when I completed it.
In the end I would say you can determine if you are ready for this by the following:
If you feel you are a beginner sewer, but have sewn and bound any size quilt (even just a mug rug), as well as made a t-shirt or pants, then you could handle this.
Either way, beginners should snatch up this pattern to do in the future because it is fun and results in yummy slippers! :)
Amount Of Time
Each pair took me maybe an hour total if you count the tracing, adjusting for size and cutting in addition to the sewing.
Although I put together 3 pair in about an hour and half once I had it down.
Would I make it Again?
Yes! I did make 7 pairs already! This is a fabulously repeatable pattern. Great to keep on hand so you can make a pair or two as gifts. Also great to make yourself several pairs for around the house!
Would I recommend this to family, friends or other quilters?
Absolutely! I would tell anyone I know who sews to get this pattern and make some slippers!
Final Thoughts and Personal Experience
I made a LOT of slippers with this pattern.
7 pairs so far to be exact.
My family was coming into town when I started this and so I decided to make a pair for everyone! :)
My little man just adores his and I love mine.
I did some up with minky on the inside which makes them sooo soft! And I did one up with flannel on the inside. I also did one pair with the quilted part on the inside and the outside.
You actually need to quilt the fabric before you cut out the pieces. I did this for 4 pairs. For 2 pairs I used pre-quilted fabric that I had on hand.
And for 1 pair I totally cheated. I used wonder web fusible to attach the batting to the cotton. While that worked great it does not have a quilted look. So you would have to decide on how you want the end result to look before you cheat like me. :P
And now for the giveaway!!
This month I have joined forces with the awesome Melanie of Above All Fabric! Together we will be giving away one Slipper Cutie pattern and two 1/2 yards of winners choice fabric from the Above All Fabric Store!!
1. Leave a comment. Any comment. Maybe you would like to suggest other criteria? Or have a question about this pattern?
2. For a second chance to win, blog about this giveaway and then come back and leave a link to your blog.
Make sure you leave an additional comment for each entry so that it counts toward the drawing!
3. For a third chance to win, tweet about the giveaway (ever so helpful if you add the @maubys to your tweet so I can see it.). Come back and comment that you tweeted.
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