I love and enjoy so much the revived interest in crafting with upcycled materials. I laugh at days past where a wool sweater washed in hot water by accident was a disaster and became destined only for the thrift store. Now, I scour the second-hand shops for wool sweaters for this exact purpose! I found a few during the fall at our local little thrift shop for 25 cents a piece, and that made me very happy as my newfound hand-sewing skills have been looking for more practice.
So I made slippers as Christmas presents for our kids' little feet, to warm their toes all winter long. They aren't perfect, but I think for a first try they turned out super-cute. And the kids love them, which is all that matters!
I really had no idea how to make these, so I basically just generously traced each child's foot and then made a pattern with a sock (a basic bootie shape), which I blanket-stitched together both along the bottom, and then up the middle/back and around the ankle. My big boy got little felt stars and buttons as an accent. My big girl's were embellished with some flowers made from wool roving. For little man, I hand-stitched some little leaves out of the contrasting wool from the sole of his slipper.