I'm so excited about my Iron Craft project this week. The group revived the very popular and very fun "Peeps" theme. Two years ago, I made this fun peep wreath for the first round of Iron Craft. I loved it and thought about making another; but, I wanted to try something different.
My Peeps Slippers were a project of many FIRSTS for me. I had never made slippers before and I had also never sewn with fleece. Most importantly, I had never even come close to making my own pattern for anything. I know they're not perfect; but, I'm really happy with them and they've given me the confidence to try to come up with some other original ideas.
I was actually surprised that I didn't find any other peep slippers anywhere online. I thought they would be really cute and was certain I would find a tutorial; but I didn't find any mention of them. Since I had zero experience making slippers to begin with, I decided to look at some elf shoe tutorials since I figured they would be fairly close in design. I found this one and several other posts linking back to it. It was a nice place to start and a great help in figuring out the actual slipper dimensions. I wasn't crazy about all of it though. I found it a little difficult to follow so I sort of ended up doing my own thing.
Once I had the outer slippers and inner linings put together, I just attached them, puffed out my peep beaks and added some little dot eyes. I debated using buttons, beads or a french knot; but I actually decided to use fabric paint so they would look more like traditional peep eyes.
I didn't get the peep angle just right; those marshmallow fellows REALLY bend back on themselves! Since I bought a full yard of peep colored fleece I'm going to work on it some more and see if I can get my next pair a bit closer to that oh, so classic peep shape. Who knows? Maybe I can whip up a pair for someone "Just Born"! However, I think my Buddy likes them just the way they are!