Jazz up your flip-flops with this easy DIY craft tutorial for summer.
- Plastic flip-flops
- Embroidery floss in coordinating colors
- Tapestry needle
- Standard sewing needle
- Metal thimble
- Tacky glue
- Pinking shears
- Additional trim as directed
BASIC FABRIC WRAPPING TECHNIQUE
(for pink, purple and yellow versions)
- Place end of ribbon or fabric strip at the base of plastic strap where it meets the sandal bed.
- With tapestry needle and coordinating thread, stitch through both the end of the ribbon or fabric and the plastic strap base. Use metal thimble to push the needle through the hard plastic.
- Stitch a few times to secure ribbon or fabric to plastic. Tie off thread end; cut excess.
- Now begin to tightly wrap the secured ribbon or fabric around the plastic strap. Overlap the previous wrapped section about halfway with each new wrapped section.
- At the toe divider, wrap a few times around its stalk, then continue wrapping the entire length of the sandal strap.
- When the ribbon or fabric meets the other base of the strap, stitch as in Steps 2 and 3 to secure in place. Trim excess ribbon or fabric as needed.
Additional materials: 1/2 yd. each of black print and pink print coordinating fabric; two 12-in. lengths of 1-in. black ribbon; two 2-in. lengths of 3/8-in. pink ribbon
- Using pinking shears, cut fourteen 1-1/2-in. x 10-in. strips of the pink print fabric and twelve 1-1/2-in. x 10-in. strips of the black print using pinking shears.
- To attach each fabric strip to plastic base, use tapestry needle and two, three or more strands of coordinating floss. Stitch through both the end of the fabric strip and the plastic strap. Use metal thimble to push needle through hard plastic. Stitch a few times to secure fabric to plastic. Tie off floss end; cut excess.
- Wrap each strip tightly on top of itself to form one thickly wrapped section. Secure end by stitching in place to fabric only. Overlap each new fabric strip section about halfway onto each previous thickly wrapped section.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 to cover both straps in fabric. Alternate the pink and black fabric strips along each strap, beginning and ending at strap bases with pink, and using pink to wrap around the toe dividers.
- Tie a 12-in. length of 1-in.-wide black ribbon into a uniform bow; trim ends. Wrap center of bow with a 2-in. length of 3/8-in. pink ribbon. Overlap ends on back of bow and trim excess. Stitch ends in place on back of bow using a sewing needle and coordinating floss.
- Fasten entire bow atop the toe divider with a few stitches of coordinating floss. Secure with tacky glue as needed.
- Repeat steps 5 and 6 to make a bow for the other flip-flop.
Additional materials: two 36-in. lengths of 1-in.-wide striped ribbon; two 1-in. purple buttons; two 18-in. lengths of 5/8-in. orange satin ribbon
- Wrap both sandal straps with striped ribbon using technique above.
- Start the bow by overlapping the orange ribbon six times, forming three loops on each side. Stitch the center of the overlapped ribbon with a sewing needle and coordinating thread. Secure the loops in place.
- Place purple button in the center of the ribbon loops. Attach the entire bow atop the toe divider with a few stitches through the holes in the button, using a sewing needle and coordinating thread. Secure with tacky glue as needed.
- Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to make a bow for the other flip-flop.
Additional materials: two 12-in. lengths of 1-1/2-in.-wide ruffled bias trim; six 1-in. pink felt flower buttons; six 1-in. orange felt flower buttons
- Place end of 12-in. length of 1-1/2-in.-wide ruffled bias trim at the base of plastic strap where it meets the sandal bed; position with ruffle facing outward.
- With tapestry needle and coordinating thread, stitch through both the trim and plastic strap base. Use metal thimble to push the needle through the hard plastic. Stitch a few times to secure trim to base.
- Using a modified ladder stitch, stitch back and forth on the underside of the strap from the innermost edge of the trim to the seam where the ruffle meets the straight edge, as in photo 4, above. Continue stitching to attach trim along length of strap.
- When the trim meets the end of the strap base, stitch to secure as in Step 2. Tie off thread; cut excess.
- Attach the felt flower buttons along the trim with tacky glue as shown, spacing evenly.