It has been a week since the slipper lesson I conducted at Sekolah Bisa. Here’s a look at the finished products hanging proudly in school.
The lesson got me thinking. This is a very simple activity that can be used in any classroom to suit a variety of learning outcomes!
Thus, I present to you my slipper making tutorial adapted from the Janome one that inspired my lesson.
This is especially dedicated to my fellow educators who are still doing what they do because of the belief in the transformative power of education. (Ok I’m cringing now at the sappiness of the last phrase but I just HAVE to say it! :p)
Print the templates below using A4 paper and transfer them onto the main material you have chosen for the project. I created the template based on my 7.5 shoe size but it can be easily re-scaled.
I am using card stock for this tutorial but you can use any material available.
Begin creating your artwork. The design can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. My students at Sekolah Bisa decorated their foam sheet slippers with acrylic finger-printing. I have decided to stick to the humble black marker and create a design using only lines and dots. If you are using heavy duty felt, this can even become an embroidery exercise.
Fold the wire twisty into half and insert one end each into A1 and A2 before inserting both ends into B and turning the ends of the twisty as seen in the picture below.
An alternative to the wire twisty is to secure B onto A1 and A2 using thread and needle. Check out the ones that the Sekolah Bisa kids did as seen in the picture at the beginning of the tutorial.
THE FINAL PRODUCT
Now that you have seen the tutorial, it is time to try it!
I’d love to see your creations so do send me pictures of your/your children’s/your students’ work at email@example.com when you are done! 🙂
Happy creating! 😀