Making Embellished Flip Flops: 3 Different Options

Hi there! I have been busy making some flip-flops for Thing 1. A week ago I realized she had outgrown her sandals again and went shopping for a new pair but we failed in our mission. Since everyone is getting their fall stuff out, the pickings were slim. I decided to make her some flip-flops that would get her through the summer. The first tutorial I am going to show you was super easy. It took 20 minutes.

TUTORIAL ONE RIBBON FLIP FLOPS

I found the original tutorial here.

Supply list:

flip-flops
measuring tape
ribbon
scissor
lighter
For this pair of 4th of July flip-flops I used 5/8″ ribbon (the red) and 7/8″ ribbon (the blue). It took exactly one spool of each color for both shoes, but how much ribbon you will need depends on how many ribbons you are using, the size of the ribbon as well as the size of your flip-flop.
1) Cut ribbon into 8″ strips. If you have a toddler size shoe, I would half that and try cutting one at 4″ and see how it looks.
2) Burn both ends of ribbon with your lighter to prevent fraying
3) Start at the thong part of the flip-flop and start double knotting your ribbon onto the strap
You can take the ribbon to the bottom of the strap if desired or stop short just a 1/4 of the way from the bottom.
I chose to stop about 1/4 of the way to the bottom. Once you have done one side of the strap, start on the other alternating color. Make sure your spacing is the same on both sides.
Try them on and trim the ribbon if needed. Viola! Easy cute pair of flip-flops that you would probably pay between $15-$20 at a boutique shop.
TUTORIAL TWO INTERCHANGEABLE BOW FLIP FLOPS
The next pair that I am going to show you how to make requires a different approach. For this pair you will either need to know how to make bows or buy a pair of bows with alligator clips on the back. These are the interchangeable bow flip-flops. Again, pretty easy to make.
 The original tutorial came from here.
Supplies list:
flip-flops
ribbon (I used 5/8″ for this one)
clothes pins
E6000 glue (Joanne’s and Hobby Lobby carry this)
lighter
scissors
bows or stuff to make your bows with
1) Start by cutting a small piece of ribbon
2) Burn both ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying
3) Place a small amount of glue under the strap of the thong
4) Place a small amount of glue on the end of one of your ribbons
5) Place the ribbon on the underneath of the thong where you glued and clip a clothes pin to it to prevent it from moving until it dries
6) Criss cross it over to the other side (to make an X) and glue to down following steps 3-5 again. Let it dry overnight.
When they are dry, you can interchange your bows as needed to match outfits.
TUTORIAL THREE RIBBON COVERED STRAPS WITH INTERCHANGEABLE BOW FLIP FLIPS
This next pair  is a little more time-consuming, but turn out super cute.
The original tutorial came from here.
Supplies list:
flip-flops
ribbon
clothes pins
E6000 glue (Joanne’s and Hobby Lobby carry this)
lighter
scissors
bows or stuff to make your bows with
1) Start by figuring out how much ribbon you will need to wrap all the way around the straps to the other side. I just guessed and cut a little long to be on the safe side. I used 7/8″ for this, but 5/8″ is recommended
2) Burn both ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying
3) At the very bottom of the strap, place a small amount of glue on the underneath side. Place a small amount of glue on the end of your ribbon
4) Place the ribbon on the underneath of the strap where you glued and clip a clothes pin to it to prevent it from moving until it dries
5) Start wrapping your ribbon around the strap. I overlapped by half. Make sure you keep it very tight as your wrap it.
6) When you get up to the thong part of your shoe, cross over keeping it tight as you work your way down
 7) When you get to the end add some glue to the underneath of the strap and repeat steps 3 and 4.
8) At this point you can permanently glue a bow to the top of the shoes or you can make the pair interchangeable by following the instructions for the interchangeable bow flip-flops. I made Thing 1’s interchangeable.
I whipped up a few sets of bows last night to match some church dresses. The possibilities for these are endless: dance, cheer, school colors, Halloween, fall outfits, Christmas, Easter, Disney.
The finished product. These would probably cost anywhere from $25- $30 in a boutique store.
Happy crafting!
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