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Title: weird material?
Post by: tessariot on October 14, 2009 05:37:47 PM
Well, I'm looking for some kind of material (preferably cheap), something somewhat stiff and sturdy but that could be put in the washing machine. I'm wanting to use it as a sole for slippers. I just don't know what kind of material I would look for. Any tips would be great, thanks.


Title: Re: weird material?
Post by: twylag on October 14, 2009 08:09:58 PM
umm .. denim?


Title: Re: weird material?
Post by: mamarose22 on October 20, 2009 03:29:18 PM
I am sure you can get scraps of suede or leather.  I think you might even get them in some craft stores.  Sometimes they sell then as sweater patches.  You can use duck tape or naugahyde (fabric backed vinyl).  You can also use suede like fabric.  You want something that would be non skid.  


Title: Re: weird material?
Post by: papilionette on November 01, 2009 02:35:54 PM
Or you can use canvas and poofy fabric paint.


Title: Re: weird material?
Post by: Lexa on February 04, 2010 05:15:26 PM
Some art stores sell rubber that you carve into to make rubber stamps. If you find one thin enough, you might be able to stitch through it. If not, you could try covering it with something. It's very flexible, but it smells when you remove it from its casing. But that goes away!  :)


Title: Re: weird material?
Post by: glamboots on February 06, 2010 05:17:16 AM
How about rubber gasket material? I've used that before. You can find it at plumbing stores or places like Lowes or Home Depot. It sometimes comes in red or black, and I've found it up to about 12" long by 4" wide, which would definitely be enough for soles. And since it is plumbing gasket, it is definitely waterproof! It's about 1/8" thick, and it can be sewn with a leather needle.


Title: Re: weird material?
Post by: mamarose22 on February 06, 2010 07:42:25 AM
How about rubber gasket material? I've used that before. You can find it at plumbing stores or places like Lowes or Home Depot. It sometimes comes in red or black, and I've found it up to about 12" long by 4" wide, which would definitely be enough for soles. And since it is plumbing gasket, it is definitely waterproof! It's about 1/8" thick, and it can be sewn with a leather needle.
Is this material machine washable?


Title: Re: weird material?
Post by: glamboots on February 06, 2010 09:26:17 AM
Hey, if you can seal toilets with it, I don't think anything would destroy it. Where I live the water is so hard and cruddy, I'm surprised clothes themselves are machine washable. It's not natural rubber, at least the stuff I used for boot soles, but some kind of silicone rubber. It doesn't tear and it should hold up to pretty much anything. A real plumber could probably tell you more, but I like it.


Title: Re: weird material?
Post by: MagicalGirl on July 20, 2010 12:30:07 PM
Mmmmm . . . recycled tire?