Airplane Slippers to Make and Embroider

Cynthia LeCount Samaké’s companion project for this article—her ingenious Airplane Slippers—was the result of her impromptu trip to Vietnam. Cynthia explains: A friend called me to say she had thousands of expiring miles from her frequent-flyer program and what did I think about making a trip to Vietnam? Naturally, I was thrilled with the offer. Not much later, she texted: “I regret to inform you that there are no more regular seats, so we have to go business class!”

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Airplane Slippers to Make and Embroider by Cynthia LeCount Samaké.

Free Project: Airplane Slippers by Cynthia LeCount Samaké.

A few weeks later, we were in the air. For the sixteen-hour-flight to Hanoi, we slept lying down in cozy pods, watched the latest movies, and ate real meals with real silverware. Cathay Pacific provided airplane socks, but at one point, when I ventured into the bathroom, it looked like someone had tried to take a splash-bath. I put down a layer of paper towels, but my socks and feet still got wet. Back in my pod, I peeled off the socks and vowed to find a better way!

These comfortable slippers will keep your feet dry in most airplane situations. The exquisite Vietnamese embroidery we saw everywhere during our trip inspired the designs, and butterflies seemed appropriate for flight slippers.

The complete instructions for making Cynthia’s slippers along with the pattern pieces are available here. Not only will these slippers be perfect for your next flight, they will make terrific gifts for the travelers in your life.

Happy travels!