Step 1: Fill Washer with HOT water and 4 tennis balls to help with agitation, turn to the heaviest agitation setting, put slipper pieces in a zippered pillowcase, throw in the washer for 5 minutes and you get:
Step 2: After flattening out slippers and putting them back in the pillowcase, agitate for 5 more minutes (the 5 minute intervals are imperative. If you just felt for the whole time and don't manipulate them every 5 minutes, they fold up and don't felt evenly)
Step 3: After 5 more minutes, they have begun to shrink and are looking more felted, but not ready yet. Fit them to your foot and shape after each felting period.
Step 4: Now begin shaping the slippers and measuring them to make sure they shrink to the proper size.
Step 5: One more agitation session and they will be perfect:
Please note that colors bleed during the felting process...but the reds bleed far worse than others. Believe it or not, this pillowcase started out white. The water was an orange koolaid color, but I couldn't get a pic without the suds taking back over....and I was really afraid of dropping my camera in the water, so you will have to take my word for it:
Step 6: Let them dry, then sew on flaps...which felted along with this process, but weren't as easy to see in pictures) and whatever button you have chosen...and viola...slippers:
I actually made 5 more pair. My mother, grandmother and three agility friends, but they have not all been given out yet, so pics will have to come later. But look how much fun they all had together!
Perhaps next year I can either choose a project earlier and work on it all year long, or perhaps scale down the project. I am just glad everyone enjoyed them.