7/12/2012

New Summer Kicks!

I'm so excited to share this project today! I literally just finished making my daughter some sweet little flip flops... or as she calls them... "floppies." 

I picked up these little pink flip flops for less than $1 at Wal-Mart and have had them sitting here for a while. I was trying to clear my desk of CHA projects so I could focus on these. I love how they turned out! So much that I think I am going to make a pair for myself as well! 

There's no need to spend $$$ on designer flip flops for the summer when you can make your own! If you're like me, you wear them until they fall apart, so why spend a ton of money on them to begin with, right? 

So do you want to know how I made them? It's REALLY simple! 

First you will need some plain flip flops and lots of ribbon. Probably about 4 or 5 times the size of the strap length is how much ribbon you will need. 

Cut ribbon in two separate pieces and glue small loops on the ends.

Thread one loop through the other.

Take ribbon on the left side and pull it through the loop and go back and forth pulling tight in between loops. 

You will start to see a braid form. I measured it against my flip flop strap every so often just to make sure I wasn't going longer than I should. 

Once you get to the end, snip the loop. 

And then tie a knot in the end.You can snip the ends down so they don't show also.

Now start to adhere your braid to your flip flop strap. I used hot glue, but it does not hold well. I had to reinforce with a little stitching. 

There you have your braided ribbon flip flops! They are very cute like this, but I wanted to add something a little extra. 

I love these ribbon flowers. They are very pretty and great embellishments! I especially love the white because you can easily dye them to match anything!

I cut the sheer part from around the flowers then sprayed them with various mists to get the color that I wanted.

Once the flowers are dry, I added a couple of loops to the back to give a little added look.

I doubled up the flowers for dimension and sewed little buttons on for centers. I used hot glue to adhere them to the flip flops, but I also stitched them to the ribbon as well just to reinforce the bond (my daughter is rough on her floppies!)


There you have it! New flip flops for summer for less than a couple of dollars!

Products Used:
Plain Flip Flops
May Arts Ribbon- 393-25-01, KB17, SX17
Mists- Mr Hueys Pretty Pink, Tsukineko Fireworks! Angel Pink, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Marshmallow
White Buttons

7 comments:

Rebekah Wiebe said...

Really sweet. Thanks for showing the process. Rebekah

Janet Zeppa said...

How adorable!!

Miae said...

OMG Super cute!!

Michelle McClure said...

This is soooooooo adorable! I might just have to try this. Thanks for the tutorial. Pinned it.

Andrea said...

Good work. I used this for my blog submission to May Arts 2 years ago. http://www.mayarts.com/blog/flip-flops-with-flair/#comments These are the ones you're seeing all over pinterest, and dollar store crafts.
Good luck to you!

Melissa Hurdle said...

These are so cute! Thanks for sharing.

Queen B said...

I pinned your flip-flops off the May Arts blog the other day, so cute! BUT, what actually brought me hear was DCWV. Congratulations on being part of the team! I'm so excited to be on a team with all of you wonderful and creative people! Can't wait to see what's next! Talk to you later!

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