Flip flop season is upon us, y’all, and this Texas gal couldn’t be happier! Seriously, summers are made for wearing all kinds of sandals; flip flops included.
A couple of summers ago I snagged a pair of the Yoga Sling Sanuk flip flops and fell in love. They were light weight, easy to wear, and secured on my feet with soft knit fabric rather than a hard plastic strap. I’ve wanted to recreate them ever since then and am FINALLY getting around to it. After finishing this project, I am obsessed! I want to make many more and may even be giving them as gifts this summer!
You can use any kind of regular flip flop for the base, but I prefer Old Navy flip flops. Especially when they go on sale for $1… I’m pretty sure that sale will be happening soon. But, these were less than $4, so it was still a bargain. Want to know how to make them?
1 pair of flip flops (like these from Old Navy)
About 1/2 yard of knit fabric – probably less (I used the Sprayed Blooms Subtle knit from my Chalk and Paint collection)
Hot glue gun + sticks
Bodkin (or something similar with a blunt end)
Cut your fabric (please note, I wear a women’s size nine, so you may need to adjust these measurements a bit to get a correct fit for you. Just remember, you want the straps smaller than they actually need to be so they STRETCH and stay on!):
(2) 8″ x 6″
(2) 14″ x 6″
Cut the plastic straps off your flip flops and discard.
Take the small 2″ x 4″ strips and fold them in half long ways with right sides together. Sew along the long edge at 1/4″. (You can use your sewing machine or serger). Using the bodkin or a safety pin, flip the strip to the right side and press.
Insert the short ends into the top hole of the flip flop. Use the bodkin or something else with a blunt end to help get the ends through the hole. They should stick out about 1/2″. Using your glue gun, get a good amount of glue into the flip flop hole. As you glue the fabric to the flip flop, press the ends hard into the hole. Keep gluing until the ends feels secure.
Repeat this for the other flip flop.
Take one of the 14″ x 6″ strips and thread it through the loop hole you created. Align the short edges to one another with right sides facing and stitch in place at 1/4″.(You can use your sewing machine or serger). Flip the fabric so the right side is facing and repeat for the other flip flop. (NOTE: the long edges are left raw – since you’re using knit, there’s no need to worry about fraying!)
Take one of your 8″ x 6″ pieces and insert one of the 6″ sides into the left bottom hole. Repeat the gluing process found in step two. Take the other edge and repeat for the bottom right hole. (NOTE: the 8″ edges are left raw – since you’re using knit, there’s no need to worry about fraying!)
I can’t wait to see the flip flops you sew for yourself!
Happy sewing + happy weekend!