Shoes are one thing that I had never considered making. It had simply never crossed my mind that you could make your own shoes until I watched the first season of Project Accessory this fall. (Not that they were making shoes you could make at home, since they had special tools and such, but it planted the idea.)
After a little investigating, I found both this cute “Gilligan Shoes” pattern, as well as waterproof soling material at Shoeology on etsy. The exterior fabrics are home dec samples I got for $.80 each at the Hancock’s that is going out of business near my house. The interior fabric is from a thrifted sheet, and I cut up a 1″ foam cushion for the insoles.
I ended up re-shaping the sole more than recommended in the pattern to fit my feet better, which means that the outer strip is narrower in some places, but it’s not really noticeable when they’re on my feet. And now that I have my modified pattern pieces, as well as some extra materials, it will be pretty easy to whip up another pair when I decide to!
I’m really enjoying these shoes, partly because it’s just cool to be wearing shoes I made myself (something I never would have dreamed of a couple of weeks ago), and also because they are really comfortable, like wearing slippers all day!