Caring for Crochet Animal Slippers by Ira Rott
Hello, my fellow crafters and crocheters! Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself. I am a Canadian fiber artist, pattern designer, and the author of Crochet Animal Slippers (my latest book with David & Charles). In this article, I would like to share a few useful tips for washing crochet slippers made from the patterns in my book.
Your Crochet Animal Slippers will last longer and will keep their shape if they are washed by hand. All you need is a sink/basin, gentle laundry or dish detergent, 2 dry towels, and warm running water.
While some slippers are safe to wash on a low temperature gentle cycle, I recommend handwashing animal slippers with dimensional add-ons and textured stitches. For example, unicorn slippers with horns, moose slippers with antlers, lion slippers with loopy manes, etc. Personally, I prefer washing by hand all of my handmade slippers to keep them in perfect shape…which only takes a few minutes of my time before and after soaking.
To handwash crochet slippers, fill a sink or basin with warm water and add a delicate laundry detergent or dish soap. Submerge your slippers and soak them for 20-30 minutes. After soaking, gently squeeze out soapy water without wringing slippers and refill the sink/basin with fresh clean water. Rinse the slippers gently and repeat rinsing, changing water, until water is clear. Squeeze out clean water, put your wet slippers on a dry clean towel and make a roll to absorb excess moisture. Remove the wet towel and lay your slippers flat on a new dry towel to air-dry (do not tumble dry). Here is my short video demonstration of washing slippers – https://youtu.be/P53XNNAxyAg
When I give handmade slippers as gifts, I like to include a little note with care instructions to ensure that the recipients know how to wash them. You can download my printable tags with user-friendly care instructions and just print out these handy sheets as needed. The actual size of each tag is the same as the standard size business card (3.5″ x 2″), which makes it easy to hang them together. You can also mark sizes (S, M, L) for Kids and Adults according to the size chart in the book. Download templates here – https://blog.irarott.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Crochet-Animal-Slippers-Care-Instructions.pdf
Get your copy of Crochet Animal Slippers here!
Thank you so much for reading my post, I hope you will enjoy making Crochet Animal Slippers for your family and friends.