November 28, 2011

DIY Mock Moccasins...In Felt!

Jealous? Don't be! These mock moccasins are not difficult to whip up yourself. I found this old men's magazine article on making your own leather moccasins on a site called Ffffound! and then tweaked it by using felt and yarn. Here's how you can too!

What you'll need:
• ruler
• pencil
• paper
• scissors
• felt (the nicer/thicker the felt the better)
• yarn
• large needle
• two pins

First, take a look the old article. It has the instructions and measurements for making your pattern. Remember, this a men's article, so if you're a gal you'll have to figure out what US men's size you wear here.

1) Once you get through the hard part, making the pattern, trace it on to the felt and cut out. Then, flip it over and trace on more felt to create a mirror image of the pattern.

2) String your needle and start stitching from the tip of the toe to the side.

3) Pull needle and yarn through to the middle and leaving 4", snip.

4) Do the same on the other side.

5) I had to trim down my pattern. For some reason the width was right, but the length was out of control. I had to extend both of the back slits up to 1/2" away from my heel.

6) Take both the side flaps and wrap them around your heel to see how much to trim.

7) Trim off the excess, as they simply need to meet in the middle of the back of your heel.

8) With the two side flaps still wrapped around the back of your heel, wrap the middle flap up and trim the excess off as well. Pin in place.

9) Use the yarn to stitch the flaps in place.

10) Follow picture.

11) Still using the same piece of yarn start stitching up the side of your shoe.

12) Stitch this piece of yarn all the way up to where the two pieces of the shoe meet and again make a big stitch towards the middle of the small top piece, pull through the same point as step 3.

13) Trim to the same length as the string already pulled through from step 3. Now tie the two bit of string from both side in a bow. You can use them to tighten and loosen your shoe.

14) To finish mine off I stitched around sides, being careful to stitch AROUND and not through the yarn that runs from the back of the shoe to the front. If you do this you may not be able to adjust them anymore.

Mine were made of the only felt I had, and I'll probably just rock them as slippers around the house. If you used really nice, thick felt you could slap a leather sole on them and wear them outside.

Tomorrow's post: DIY Shaggy Scarf


  1. oh my bleep miss rose,
    you just get cleverer and cleverer ( yes, it's a word. i invented it.) every day. course i might be a BIT prejudice!!! (being your mother-in-law and all) wonder what that pretty brain of yours will come up with next?????? hi john.

  2. Wow!!! Great idea for a christmas gift!

  3. Awe! These are adorable!
    xo, Kinsey

  4. These are super cute! To raid my fabric stash I go! ;) I may even have some leather...and some fuzziness to line them with! Oh the possibilities!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. SO cute!!
    I have a couple of different colors of suede that i have been wanting to make into little moccs. This was just the push i needed to get started....

    love the red!

  6. These are so cute! Great gift idea. :)

  7. My best friend is going to love these!!! Can't wait to make them!

  8. Just what I was looking for!! Your pictures & instructions are very clear...even I could follow them...LOL!

    1. Well thanks! Glad everyone is finding it easy. There's many steps, but they seem to be laid out simply. Good luck!