[This tutorial first appeared on the Birch Fabrics Blog in January 2014]
The new organic fleece range from Birch Fabrics is crazy soft and comes in all those beautiful tones I’ve come to expect from Birch.
When I first decided to sew up these fleece welly liners, I had a completely different finished look in mind. Then a friend shared a photo of his crocheted fox slippers and I thought that’s it, these welly liners need ears! Luckily I had the organic cotton fleece in Coral which actually comes out a rather foxy shade, and I just knew that the dark shroom would lend itself to being a bear!
What will look cuter than a fox and a bear peeking out of your little one’s wellies as they trundle through the woods! I’m kinda tempted to make a larger pair for myself!!
- 1/4 yard organic cotton fleece in coral
- 1/4 yard organic cotton fleece in dark shroom
- scraps of kunin eco-fi felt in black and white
- coordinating organic cotton sewing thread
- Fox & Bear fleece welly liners pattern (Approximate Children’s sizes UK7/Euro 24/US8 & UK11/Euro 29/US12- the sizing is very general and it will probably work for a size larger and a size smaller! You may find that your kid needs to have a size larger wellie, when using liners, which helps extend the wearing time of the boots!)
Most of the seams for the fleece welly liners are flatlocked. This means, that there is no seam allowance and that the seams are flat against the skin… pretty important for stopping little feet from getting blisters on adventures in the woods and extended puddle jumping sessions!!
If you don’t know how to flatlock, go and check out my flatlock tutorial…
So now you know how to flatlock… let’s get started!
Cut out all your pattern pieces from the fleece and felt. If you can reduce the presser foot pressure on your machine, or you have a walking foot attachment, you may want to use those. Otherwise, make sure not to pull on the fabric or it will stretch out, whilst you sew!
sew the back of sock together. (if using a sewing machine, the easiest way to do this is to sew inside the tube.)
sew the heel to the back of the sock
sew the upper to the sock and the heel
sew the liner to the sole. if using a sewing machine, you probably want to use the free arm for this stage!
sew felt inner ears to the fleece ear pieces.
sew fleece ear pieces right sides together leaving the bottom open. turn ear right side out. baste along open edge
insert ears into slits in cuff and sew shut.
sew, felt, nose and eye pieces in place.
use flatlock stitch to sew the short edges of cuff together.
fold cuff in half and using flatlock stitch sew together the two raw edges of the cuff to the top of the liner. make sure that the fox/bear face is on the fleece side of the liner and that you match the seams at the back.
- Try making different kinds of animals, the cream fleece would make a great polar bear!!
- Add an outer layer and a row of hot glue dots to the outer sole (thanks Jill, from Made with Moxie, for the glue dot tip) to make animal slipper boots!!