I came up with a really quick, easy way to make slippers that are somewhat ballet-style, and thought I'd share. I invented the pattern so that the brownie troop I lead could decorate "dancing shoes".
(I'm new here, so I can't post pictures directly in the post)
For these I used cheapo walmart fleece for the uppers and quilting cotton for the soles. I used curling ribbon to gather the top (by the time I figured out the design I didn't have time to run to the store for more elastic).
I was able to make 7 pairs in 2 1/2 hours, so it's definitely a quick and easy way to do things.
After making these, I realized that my slippers were in pretty rough shape, so I took some fabric I had lying around and made a pair for myself.
They aren't fancy, but they work, and I think they're cute enough. For these I used wool flannel sandwiched with cotton batting for the upper, and fused plastic insulated with a layer of wool flannel and cotton batting for the sole.
The technique, such as it is: cut a foot shaped piece for the sole, and then cut a straight strip of fabric for the upper. The strip should be twice as wide as you want the upper to come up on your foot (I used 3" for the girls' slippers and 4" for mine) and long enough to go all the way around the sole. Fold the strip in half, making the width half what it was, and sew the strip to the sole, capturing the folded edges and gather the top with elastic. Quick, easy and very fabric efficient-- I could have gotten 7 pairs of slippers for the girls from 1/4 yard of fleece (I actually used a little more than that while I was figuring out how to do it, but you don't have to.)
Thanks for looking!