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Flip-Flop Refashion: Part 2 (Fabric Straps with Beads)


Remember my little love of re-fashioning flip-flops? (Click here for idea #1 and background info.)


This is only day two. And I have about 100 more ideas.   Okay, not really.  That would be a crazy long series of flip-flop posts.  And even I don’t need that many pairs of refashioned flip-flops. :)





Today is idea #2.


So again, I cut off those plastic flip-flop parts…..


…..and changed up the look a bit by creating a new shape to the flip-flop, with fabric.   And then used beads from a broken necklace.



Those beads sure help fancy up these plain ‘ol flip-flops a bit.




Who says flip-flops have to be boring? And have the plain plastic strap?  No one.




I’m realizing there are lots of fun ways to keep my feet happy.  Even if I’m just chillin’ in the backyard.

(Oh Colorado, I adore your summer weather.  You make me happy.)



Do you have an old pair of flip-flops you want to perk up?

(Or, you can always find them for a few dollars at Old Navy.)


First of all, I dug in my closet for this pair of flip-flops.  And then I cut off the straps, just like I did on the last pair (found here).


Then I pulled out some scrap fabric to use for the main piece for each sandal.  And then I found this broken necklace on clearance at Kohl’s……and knew I could use those flat beads somehow.  Love it when that happens.  So I took the necklace apart and saved the beads I needed.  But you can buy unused beads at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby (or other craft store) or find an old necklace at the thrift store.  A flat bead works best though, so keep an eye out.



Then I cut out a triangle shape out of paper, that I used for my pattern piece for the main triangle piece.  To achieve a good shape, measure it against your foot while deciding on the right size.  Then lay it on top of your flip flop and measure it against that.  I like more of a long and narrow triangle……I guess kind of like a piece of pizza.  But you could go with any shape.  Just see what you like best, and make your paper pattern the exact size you want it.

(I also made the short side of the triangle curved inward, so that it would contour my foot better.  And I also cut off the tip of the triangle and made it a straight edge.)




Next, you want to use your pattern piece to cut everything out.  Now, you can trace out a new pattern piece that’s bigger and includes a seam allowance or you can eyeball it as you’re cutting.  I recommend cutting out a new pattern piece…..but it’s up to you.


So cut out 4 triangles out in your main fabric choice (I used cotton fabric), that is bigger than your original pattern piece.  (I made mine 1/4 inch bigger all the way around.)  And then cut 2 pieces of felt with the original pattern piece size and 2 pieces of double sided fusible web.  I know, I have 4 of everything shown in the picture.  I wasn’t thinking and cut too many.  Sorry about that.



Now, place 2 of your triangles together, with right sides together, and sew all the way around (my seam allowance was 1/4 inch)…….leaving about an inch opening along one side.  Do the same with the other 2 triangle pieces.



Now, layer a piece of the web and a felt piece on one side of the fabric triangle………inside of the stitches.  (If the felt and web are bigger than your outline of stitches, trim them down to fit inside.)



Then iron the felt right down to the main fabric.



Now trim your edges and corners……..



………and clip the top curve of the triangle (unless you made it straight across the top). 

(Need help with clipping corners and curves?  Click here.)



Then, turn the triangle right side out, poke out the corners, and iron flat.  Be sure to tuck the edges of the opening towards the inside before ironing.



Now, top-stitch all the way around the outer edge of the triangle.



Follow the same steps with the other triangle.


Next, cut a strip of fabric to make the side straps and the toe straps for the sandal.  It depends on how wide you want your strip but I made my side strips about 3/4 of an inch wide.  So I cut a strip of fabric 2 inches wide, folded it in half lengthwise (and right sides together) and sewed down the raw edge, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Then I turned the tube right side out and ironed it flat.  (Need help turning a tube right side out?  Click here.)


Oh, also…….my strip was about 40 inches long and then I cut it into 4 pieces, and used one for each side strap on both sandals.  I made them longer than I needed so I had enough to tie a knot on the underneath side of the sandal.






Now, zig-zag (or serge) one end of each strip.  Then place your foot on top of the flip flop, place the triangle on top of your foot and then see what angle of each side strap looks best.  Be sure that each strap is angled so that it will line up with the side holes in the flip flop.  Now, pin those straps in place (the zig-zag end) and then sew them down with 2 rows of stitches.



Here’s a view from the back.



Then I made another strip of fabric for the toe strap……but my finished strap was more narrow, at a 1/2 inch.  To achieve this, I cut out a strip of fabric that was 1.5 inches wide by about 15 inches long.  After sewing it and ironing it, I cut it in half and had about 7.5 inches for each sandal.



Now, arrange your beads on top of the triangle section……..just how you like it.



Then secure them with thread (hand-stitching).



Then feed each strap down into the flip-flops.  Try the flip-flops on to see how tight or loose you want your straps……then knot the ends of the straps to keep them in place.  Add a little glue underneath each knot, just for added strength.  (More detailed instructions of this step, here.)



And that’s it.  Your new sandals are ready to accompany you during these warmer months.


Love them.








Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Linda walter says:

    that means when the strap breaks you can fix it with out throwing them away.

  2. doro K. says:

    absolutely super cool!

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    doro K.

  3. Nana says:

    Just love your ideas. These will be precioius on my grand daughter!!!

  4. Lee says:

    These are darling. I can’t wait to make some.

    Kari – we called the “pool shoes with straps” thongs, too, and I’m from KS. I’m gradually remembering to make the change to flip flops, but my grown boys are mortified if I forget!

  5. Linda says:

    That is a great idea and tutorial. Love it.

  6. monette says:

    you always do something really delicious … i love your passion at work …

  7. Crystal says:

    I found flip flops at the Dollar General for 80 cents! WOO HOO! cant wait to get started!

  8. Leslie says:

    I have been following your blog for a little over a year now but I never comment…Get lots of good ideas, though! I was totally surprised to see this today when I was going through Google Reader. Just a little over a week ago, I had a similar idea to take an old pair of flip flops and make a covering for the center to then put ruffles on to jazz up a plain pair of flip flops! I was working on the idea but then gave up because I had some gifts to make and some repairs to work on…Your tutorial will help me with my project :)

  9. Amy says:

    These are great, too! I have already made a pair of the braided ones. They were fun and easy!

  10. Kristina Noall says:

    My husband looked over when I was about to the part where you were placing the beads and said, “Uhhh, what is she making now??” Lol!

  11. Nikita says:

    You have totally changed my view of a dollar pair of flip flops (or tip tops as my two year old says)! These are awesome!

  12. jeanna says:

    You are AWESOME! I love this one.

    Jeanna @

  13. Alison says:

    I love this idea!! i just might give this one a try…

  14. Melissa Udall says:

    You are fabulously amazing!! What a talent you have for thinking up darling things! Seriously, I’m in love with this blog:)

  15. Jen says:

    So flipping cute! What a great idea!

  16. Jill Franklin says:

    Oh! That’s Fabulous! How ’bout you make me some!?!

  17. Jenette says:

    I totally heart this idea!!!

  18. Zerique says:

    totally in love with this!!!!!!!

  19. Kari says:

    So cool! I think I just saw a matching bracelet on the clearance at Kohls. I should go back and see if it is still there. It sort of looks like you are making thong underwear before you put it on shoes. Growing up, we called those shoes thongs. Not sure if that was just in my part of the country or not. I’m loving the Colorado weather, too, but I have never seen it rain this much in the 8 years I’ve lived here. Our yard looks so lush.

    1. Ashley says:

      Haha…….my husband and I laughed about the same thing when I was making these. How funny. And YES, everything is so green. It’s beautiful!! :)

    2. Robin says:

      Oh yes! Growing up we called flip flops thongs, too! It’s that dang underwear that flosses your bum that got popular in the 90s and took over the name.

  20. Muffin G. says:

    seriously cute! love that. what a fun idea! i think i’m going to have to try that when Old Navy has there $1 flipflop sale.

  21. Kristin says:

    Thank you for the inspiration!! I might do some with sequins or even with just some of my fav fabric prints.

  22. WCebrian says:

    I love this idea but it’s too hard for me. :(

  23. Kristin W. says:

    SO creative and cute!

  24. Becky says:

    You are ridiculously good at this! People are going to see the Old Navy logo and hit up Old Navy trying to find them!

  25. Renee says:

    I can’t sew to save my life. These are cute though….Hmmm I bet a thong pantie would work :) Just cut parts of the straps, and stick em in the flip flop holes :)

    1. Ashley says:

      Hahaha!! I have to admit, I totally thought the same thing when I was sewing the beads on. So it cracks me up that you mentioned it!!! :)

    2. April @ sewing novice says:

      I am reading all of the comments just to see if anyone else thought the fabric part looked like a thong. But then my sister said it couldn’t be because that would be an extra, extra, extra small thong. LOL Such a cute idea though!

  26. Amanda C says:

    Oh my goodness, these are adorable! How cool. I will definitely be filing these projects away for when I need an awesome project or some awesome sandals!

  27. Megan says:

    These are seriously amazing!! I am making these this weekend–can’t wait for more flip-flop ideas!!

  28. Jessica says:

    This is downright awesome! I may just have to try this. :)

  29. Mindy says:

    great ideas to fancy them up!

  30. Jennifer says:

    Very impressive!

  31. Amanda says:

    That’s it, you are a flip-flop genius! Thanks for the ideas ;)

  32. Jodi says:

    I can’t believe how many cool ideas you come up with! Love this one.

  33. Elaine D says:

    I’m guessing (and hoping) that because you cut out part of the sole that you don’t feel the knots when you walk in them? I want to make these, but thought I should maybe ask first.

    I follow your blog and love it, btw! :)

    1. Anonymous says:

      I’ve made these but instead of a knot I fed them through a washer and sewed them (by hand) to itself. Worked great

  34. Alison says:

    So cute ~ this is hilarious! I just made my own flip flop refashion yesterday and they are almost exactly like yours (I used knit fabric though)! I’ll be blogging about it today also.

    Love your blog!

  35. Amanda H says:

    Ahhhhh!!!! I love this one even more & now my little wheels are a turnin’!!! Thank God for cheap ON flip-flops!!! Now I know where I’ll be headed today!

  36. Sandy says:

    I love this idea … you really jazzed up those plain boring flip flops and made them look like a million bucks! Thanks for the inspiration.

  37. Kristen says:

    SO SO SO cute!

  38. Audrey says:

    Wow, that is so clever!!!

  39. Jaci says:

    Luv these!! I never buy the cheap flip-flops from places like Old Navy b/c i hate the plastic straps…I’m a wuss I guess….but they arent very comfortable! This fixes that problem! And I have a tattoo on the top of each foot in a slightly different place so its hard to find open toed shoes that cover both of them so these will definetly come in handy when I start my new job at a school!! Thanks

  40. Suzanna says:

    I love these! such a great job!!

  41. Jessica at Me Sew Crazy says:

    these are amazing!!! What a great idea, and great construction as well! I would totally wear these :)

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