27 February 2013

Happy Feet

Have you ever used a product without knowing the maintenance of it? Many, many years ago, I was given a wool batt. I used it in a flannel quilt that got washed. I know, right? Big mistake because the batting felted. This was my first experience with felting. Not only did the batting felt, but the recipient of the quilt had popped some of the quilting stitches. This was another first for me: flannel has a lot more give than cotton and if you straight-line quilt a flannel quilt, the stitches can snap if a lot of stress is put on them. I removed the quilting and the batting from that quilt, replaced the batting with a poly bat and then tied the quilt and it is still in use.

Fast forward to today. You know that I saved that felted quilt bat, right? I just KNEW there would be a use for it someday. And I was right. These are my favorite pair of moccasins. Unfortunately, the inner sole is all but non-existent. I wondered the other day what that felted wool batting would feel like on the bottoms of my feet, so I cut a set of inner soles for these moccasins.


Oh joy, such happy feet. Not only are the inner soles cushy, but my feet are warm.

10 comments:

  1. We quilters are very clever. What a great save!!

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  2. The perfect use for the batt. Now, your husband will ask for some insoles, too; that is, if he hasn't already.

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  3. What a wonderful idea. My slippers need a new lining too . . . hmmmm.

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  4. You are a VERY clever girl!

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  5. Wow, good thing I stopped by. I was about to use a wool batt for a flannel quilt! guess I won't be doing that and I have a pair of slippers that could use new inner soles will be throwing a piece of that wool batt in the laundry this weekend. Thanks!

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  6. Love, love, love this! Not only are you smart and resourceful but you are kind enough to pass along the serendipitous results of that "mistake"! Thanks, Paula! Brilliant.

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  7. Love this happy story! Makes perfect sense that the wool should make for very happy feet. :-D

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  8. Use it up!! or do without...love that your feet are happy!

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  9. I have a pair of mocs almost like these (different color) and wear them all the time when in the house. Mine are so worn that I'm really needing to replace them. Don't know what I'd do without them.

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