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Grandma’s Slippers and Keeping Cozy with a Bed Buddy

on March 28, 2016

Both of my grandmas knit slippers for us when we were little. That particular slipper pattern was lost until I found one of the patterns for the slippers while looking for a totally different knitting pattern, and I immediately printed it off for future use. This is a great project to start on if you’re just starting to knit. It’s very easy, it doesn’t take a lot of time, and I love the practically instant gratification of making these. Springtime is sometimes still pretty cool in Minnesota, so I decided to make some of these for my girlfriends – just something to get cozy and snuggle with. We needed some of Grandma’s Slippers and to keep cozy with a Bed Buddy. I know what you’re thinking, but these bed buddies are not of the human kind – they’re made with fabric and filled with rice or beans, and heated in the microwave to keep your tootsies toasty. I think my aunt originally gave us the idea for the bed buddies, and I usually make several of these for the fall and winter season. They’re great for putting under the sheets on a cold winter’s night, for putting on sore muscles, or for just having in your lap when you need a warm snuggle. We have work to do here, so let’s get on with it.

Here is the pattern as I made it:

Grandma’s Slippers

(Very Easy Knitted Slippers)

Materials:

One skein of heavy worsted weight yarn

#10 knitting needles

Tapestry needle

Instructions:

CO 32 sts

1st row – K (right side = RS)

2nd row – K10, P1, K10, P1, K10 (wrong side = WS)

Repeat these two rows until the piece measures 6 inches

On WS – P11, K10, P11

On RS – K

Repeat these two rows for 3 1/2 inches.

You should now have a rectangle. Leave about 24 inches of yarn to sew seam and cut.

Thread yarn through tapestry needle and slip through the stitches with the tapestry needle.

Tighten to bring all the stitches together tightly.

Sew the top of the slipper (the 3 1/2 inches of stockinette stitch).

Remember to sew from the right side of your work, you get a nicer/neater looking finish that way.

Sew back of slipper.

You can decorate with a knitted or crocheted flower or a pom-pom if you like, or leave it plain.

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You have to start somewhere – cast on!

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Here is a shot of the first part. The middle section will be the bottom of the slipper eventually, and the straight edge on the end will be sewed up for the back seam of the slipper in the end. Here is where you can make the slipper larger or smaller depending on shoe size. These are for a medium-sized foot.

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The second part is at the top in a stockinette stitch. This will eventually be the toe.

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Run the tapestry needle through the stitches, pull it tight, and sew up the toe section. Finally, sew up the back seam.

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I put pom-poms on my slippers. Here’s how I do it. I used 3 colors of yarn on these, so I took all 3 at once and wrapped it around an old magnet (or anything that will make the pom-pom the right size) 30 times (that makes 90 total). I used a doubled piece of yarn to tie around the middle of the loops tightly.

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Then I cut the loops and trimmed it to the size I wanted. You can make the pom-pom as big or as small as you want it to be. Shake it out and attach it to the front of the slipper. I try to make the yarn I tie the pom-pom on with, long enough to be able to tie it in a bow underneath, then the recipient can take them totally off if they prefer. You can also tie them on in a knot so it’s more permanent.

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Here is the finished product – so cute and so springy!! These would make a great gift any time of year – just change the color accordingly: Red and green for Christmas, red and pink for valentine’s day, spring colors for Easter, red, white, and blue for 4th of July (some people like to keep their AC on too cold and slippers may feel good in the summer), fall colors for Halloween or Thanksgiving. You can find videos for learning how to knit online, along with numerous sites that will help with stitches.

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Now for the Bed Buddy. I used fleece for this one, but you can use any fabric that’s comfy and cozy: old clean socks without holes, old clean towels or wash cloths, flannel. Anything that is cozy will work. When cutting the fabric, I’d say about 8″ x 5 ” is an approximate size for these. I have also made some about 4″ x 4″ for hand warmers, which are also nice this time of year or for putting into coat pockets in the winter. Cut out the two pieces of fabric and sew up 3 sides with right sides together, using about a 1/4″ seam. Trim the two corners close to the stitching so there will be nice sharp corners when you turn it right side out. Turn it right side out.

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Fill about 2/3 full with rice or beans (I always use rice). Fold over the top 2 edges and sew, making sure to really get the seam close to the outside edges so none of the rice escapes. I always backstitch a few stitches at each end. You can also use a whip stitch and hand sew it closed. To microwave – I would start at 1 minute and go up from there depending on how warm you want it. You want it to be warm, but not to burn – and believe me – it can and will definitely burn if in there too long. Burnt rice does not have a pleasant smell, and if the rice gets too hot, it isn’t pleasant to burn your skin, either. Warning – sometimes the rice is a bit damp and it may take several times heating to get the moisture out. I have also seen some people make washable covers for these, but I would rather just make new ones every year or two.

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Here they are – a cozy kit for spring. Snuggle up with these tootsie toasters, a cup of tea, and a good book on a rainy April day and enjoy the spring. These would make an excellent hostess gift, Mother’s Day gift, graduation gift, birthday gift, or even a gift to just say “I’m thinking of you”!

 

 

 

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