Sunday, August 2, 2009

Wooly Baby Upcycled Slippers/Booties

The tagline for the Wooly Baby Etsy shop is "giving new life to old sweaters." Artist/owner Josie recycles (or upcycles!) used wool sweaters by taking the wool and refelting it into sturdy warm slippers for your little ones. She also uses reycled leather jackets for the soles, giving new life to yet another commodity that might otherwise end up in the landfill.

That's impressive enough as it is, but just look at the beautiful slippers/booties that the Wooly Baby shop has to offer! There are hi-top and low-top slippers, plus "Billy Goat slippers" designed for all-day wear with additional leather reinforcements at the heel and toe, and "Bear Slippers" that are extra thick and warm for those cold climates.

Not sure about wool slippers for your baby or toddler? Wooly Baby also has a website separate from the Etsy store with more information. The product description page notes that each pair of slippers has felted wool inner and outer surfaces, plus non-skid soles made of flexible leather. The high-topped slippers have an inner elastic band to keep the slippers from slipping off (no pun intended). The FAQ page notes that some types of wool are itchier than others, and if your child is sensitive, you should stick to lambswool, merino, cashmere, or angora, which are the softest and most comfortable against bare skin. Slippers made of wool or shetland wool would likely be more comfortable with socks. Each pair of slippers in the Etsy shop has the exact description of the type of wool they're made from, so you can make an informed decision.

In addition to making a lovely and generous stocking stuff for children or grandchildren, these slippers would be great in a baby shower gift basket. And not only would you be giving a generous and lovely handmade gift, you would be helping the environment by choosing a gift made from recycled materials.

What: Wooly Baby Upcycled Slippers/Booties
Where: Wooly Baby (an Etsy shop)
How much (as of today's post): $28-44 (plus shipping)

1 comment:

Valerie said...

These are so stinkin' cute! I love them!!!