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simple slippers

Finn's slippers

Finn's slippers

Finn's slippers

Finn's slippers

Finn's slippers

Today was a big day. Finn's first day of {school,} although we don't call it that. It really is a beautiful place for him to play, a place for him to feel surrounded by love and a secure rhythm outside of our family home. It's just twice a week, but over the next few years we might extend that to three or four days per week. 

Although we plan on homeschooling our boys with a philosophy of discovery-based learning, it became apparent to me that Finn would benefit from a comforting home-outside-of-home during the times when Lachlan needs to be in the hospital (his third, and hopefully last, surgery will happen in three years or so, but we never know what the future may bring.) 

I was overjoyed to find a home-based program run by a lovely woman who is truly a child-whisperer. You know the kind? (And just for the record, although I love children, I am NOT a child whisperer!) It takes an almost otherworldly presence to be a child whisperer. She will be so good for Finn, I'm sure. 

She runs the program from her home, and one of the things she asks the children to have are a pair of simple slippers for inside play time. Slippers! Why, yes. That I can do. The cloth napkins for the lunch basket? Check! Sewing Mama springs out of her armchair and into action!

I made these last night in two hours or so. The pattern can be found here, and I chose to omit the owl face and instead used an (accidentally) felted baby sweater for the uppers. They are lined with a soft cotton fleece, and I used leather scraps for the soles. (Always remember to use a special leather needle when working with leather! It made sewing through all of those layers a cinch.)

He loves them. I have enough material to make him a pair for home as well. 

I just got a call from Patrick, who said that Finn wasn't in any hurry to leave. When getting in his car seat, he pointed back to his teacher's house and said, "I want to sleep there tonight." Well then. I guess he liked his first day! 

 

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