This project uses Insul-Bright. It is a fabulous insulation material that keeps heat or cold out. It also
keeps hot things hot or cold things cold. I made shoe inserts using this material, and they really worked for keeping
my feet warm! Plus the batting adds comfort. Anyone who is outdoors in the cold (or suffers from cold feet even
when indoors) can use these. They are thin enough to fit into slippers or roomy boots.
I made a pair of insulated soles for a friend who suffered from multiple sclerosis and he loved them. Anyone who spends time in the cold, or has circulatory problems, will also benefit from these wonderful soles.
Fabric: Four pieces of fabric large enough for your foot pattern. I reccomend cotton or cotton flannel.
Batting: Two pieces large enough for your foot pattern.
Insul-Bright Insulation: Two pieces large enough to for your foot pattern.
Stiff interfacing or a strip of flexible plastic (about 1" wide and the length of the foot)**
**The interfacing or plastic is used to keep the insert flat. Without it, with continued wear, the insert
tends to bunch up in the shoe.
1. Trace your foot onto a piece of paper. Label it as right or left foot or mark an "X" on one side of the pattern. Cut out the pattern.
2. Cut two pieces from the outer fabric, two pieces from the batting, and two pieces from the insulation.
Turn the pattern over to the wrong side and cut two more pieces from the outer fabric.
Cut two pieces of interfacing, or two strips of plastic.
3. Stitch a small line on the right side of two opposite pieces of the outer fabric. It is just
a line to mark the fabric, so you will know later which is the under side of the insert.
4. For each foot, layer the following: the marked outer fabric on the bottom, right side down,
then the stiff interfacing or flexible plastic strip, then the insulation, then the batting, then the outer fabric, right side up. Pin the layers together. Zig-zag
stitch around the outer edge, close to the edge (be careful not to stitch through the plastic). Trim.
5. Zig-zag stitch around the outer edge of each side, stitching through all three layers. Straight stitch
around the sides, stitching just inside the zig-zag stitch. Trim edges.
Your insulated soles are now finished. The stitch mark on the bottom of each foot's insert shows which side is down for each
foot. It doesn't really matter, but this way the batting (with padding) is next to the foot. The insulation is closest
to the cold. You could try it either way. For added warmth you can add a second layer of batting, putting a layer
on both sides of the insulation.
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