Leather Slippers: Polar Bears in L♥ve


Aren’t these slippers just adorable? I love them so much that I decided to publish them as my Valentine’s Day contribution. Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! May you be surrounded today by people you love and people who love you!

Recently, my son needed a new pair of slippers. I had once bought the “bepuscht” pattern from Farbenmix here. It costs 4.50 € for all EU sizes from 18 to 33 (corresponds to 2–13 as well as 1 in the US and 1–13 in the UK). Thus, this pattern can basically be used to make slippers for newborns and kids up to 7 years of age. In my opinion this is quite a good deal. Unfortunately, the instructions are given only in German and Dutch. Let’s hope they will change that soon. If you do not intend to spend money on any pattern at all, please hop to the end of this post.

Here is what I did in brief. For a full tutorial please refer to the instructions given in the “bepuscht” ebook (see link above).

List of Materials:

  1. Leather (brown, red, white)
  2. Red thread
  3. Punch pliers
  4. Sewing machine
  5. Appliqué pattern: Bear with heart

Step 1: I cut the pattern (one front, one back, and one sole piece per slipper) using 0.05 inches thick leather (i.e., 1.2 mm). Keep in mind that for the sole piece the rough (less slippery) side faces outwards.

Step 2: Next, I cut leather for an appliqué. I’ve drawn a sitting bear, which I cut from white leather, and a heart, which I cut from red leather. I used punch pliers for the bear’s eye. You can download my appliqué pattern here.


Step 3: Then, I prepared the back and front pieces as described in the “bepuscht” instructions. I used a red thread, because I truly love contrasts. Finally, I sewed on the appliqués. Both polar bears look at each other, because this makes it easier for the little one to put them on all by himself. And I mean, guys, they are in love! 🙂


Step 4: Next, I sewed the front and back pieces onto the soles. From time to time it was necessary to use the hand wheel in order to support my sewing machine doing this tough job… When I was done, my machine was very close to steaming! Seriously!



Step 5: Last but not least, I guided elastics through the tunnels of the back pieces and the holes in the front pieces using a safety pin and made knots to secure.


That’s it! 🙂 My son loves them, which in turn makes me a very happy mom! 🙂

If you do not intend to spend money on any pattern at all, here is a link to the page of Mommade that describes in detail how you can develop your own pattern. It is only in German, though…

Please click here and leave a comment… Ich freue mich auch sehr über Kommentare auf Deutsch.

I am linking this to KiddikramMade4Boys, fuersoehneundkerleThreading My Way, and Talented Tuesday.

29 thoughts on “Leather Slippers: Polar Bears in L♥ve

  1. Thank you so much for your comment. It is indeed interesting to learn which terms people use at different locations. BTW, in German we say something like “hole pliers” (Lochzange). 🙂 Best wishes, Jana


  2. A leather sewing needle is definitely a good idea! 🙂 I used a jeans needle 100 but will buy a leather needle for the next pair of slippers. Good luck with your Robeez. 🙂


  3. Thank you so much for your super kind comment! 🙂 If you have a proper needle, are patient enough, and make use of your hand wheel a lot I don’t see any difficulties. I had made slippers before with thinner leather. You might try this first. Best wishes, Jana


  4. Wow! I am so inspired that you are a sewing “newbie” and you made these! Sewing is on my list of skills I am just dying to learn, so this gives me hope that even old dogs can learn new tricks 🙂

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  5. Thank you very much! I actually made them for his daycare and he is really proud to show them to his friends. 😉 Sometimes he even talks to them… Super cute. Thanks for visiting my site!

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  6. Oh, yes. Please go for it. Your friend will love them! I will make these slippers for my son until he is too old and ashamed to wear them. 😉 Best, Jana


  7. These are just adorable! I’ve never used leather in projects before as I have always been a little scared of it! However, these look quite straightforward to put together.
    Thank you for linking up at the Talented Tuesday Link Party! I hope you join us again 🙂

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