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How to Make Triangle Barefoot Sandals Using the Rainbow Loom

Updated on April 30, 2014
Rainbow Loom Triangle Barefoot Sandals
Rainbow Loom Triangle Barefoot Sandals | Source

Summertime has officially arrived here in the Philippines, along with the intense heat and dry weather. Because it is also beach season, I wanted to make a pair of barefoot sandals to wear when walking on the sand. There is a basic pattern available for a simple barefoot sandal from Craft Life, but I wanted something that covered a bigger area, so I came up with this design.

This hub is a tutorial on how to make a pair of Triangle Barefoot Sandals using the Rainbow Loom. Unfortunately, you can only make this via a loom that has holes on the bottom for the design to fit through, so other loom brands are out.

Materials

  • Rainbow Loom (or a loom with detachable pins);
  • Hook (the one that comes with the loom or a crochet hook); and
  • Total Rubber Bands Needed: 260. My shoe size is US size 6, so might need to adjust the estimated number accordingly, depending on the size of your foot. I used three colors for mine, to help with the counting of Rows for the Triangle part, but you can choose to use as many or as few colors as you like.

How to Make Triangle Barefoot Sandals

Step 1: Making the Triangle

Make the triangle portion of the sandals by following this YouTube tutorial from jordantine1 using 2 rows of 11 pins (total of 22 pins) and working the pattern as she did in her video. If you are making this for a child, you might want to use less pins, just make sure to start with an odd number (e.g. 9, 7, 5) to make the pattern work.

Here are some photos to help you with this step:

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Here is what the first layer looks like. Use 11 pairs of pins to make the triangle. Note that I only used the smaller bases on either side of the loom for support, since the design needs a hole to fit through.Use a different color for each new layer to help you remember which row you are currently on and when it is time to reduce the number of pins.A quick look on the triangle's progress down to 5 pairs of pins (total of 10 pins).
Here is what the first layer looks like. Use 11 pairs of pins to make the triangle. Note that I only used the smaller bases on either side of the loom for support, since the design needs a hole to fit through.
Here is what the first layer looks like. Use 11 pairs of pins to make the triangle. Note that I only used the smaller bases on either side of the loom for support, since the design needs a hole to fit through. | Source
Use a different color for each new layer to help you remember which row you are currently on and when it is time to reduce the number of pins.
Use a different color for each new layer to help you remember which row you are currently on and when it is time to reduce the number of pins. | Source
A quick look on the triangle's progress down to 5 pairs of pins (total of 10 pins).
A quick look on the triangle's progress down to 5 pairs of pins (total of 10 pins). | Source

Step 2: Making the Anklet

Once you have finished the triangle portion of the sandal, place your hook through 4 loops on the edge of the larger part of the triangle. Pull through 2 rubber bands and proceed to make the single chain pattern using 2 bands at a time. For my anklet, I made 14 chains (on each side) and placed a C-clip at the end to secure the loops. Go to the opposite side of the triangle and repeat the process to make the other half of the anklet. Secure the loops with the C-clip from the other side to finish the anklet.

Here are some photos to help you through this process:

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Insert your hook through the 4 loops at the end of the triangle.Pull through 2 bands to start the single chain pattern.Here is what it will look like with the first 2 bands. Continue doing this 13 more times to complete one side of the anklet.Secure both sides with a C-clip.Close up view of the finished anklet.
Insert your hook through the 4 loops at the end of the triangle.
Insert your hook through the 4 loops at the end of the triangle. | Source
Pull through 2 bands to start the single chain pattern.
Pull through 2 bands to start the single chain pattern. | Source
Here is what it will look like with the first 2 bands. Continue doing this 13 more times to complete one side of the anklet.
Here is what it will look like with the first 2 bands. Continue doing this 13 more times to complete one side of the anklet. | Source
Secure both sides with a C-clip.
Secure both sides with a C-clip. | Source
Close up view of the finished anklet.
Close up view of the finished anklet. | Source

Step 3: Making the Ring

Using double bands throughout, make 11 single chains to form the ring (the cap band does not count as a chain). Once you reach the desired length, insert your hook into the cap band (you now have 4 loops in your hook) and pull 2 bands through all 4 loops to link the 2 ends together. Place another C-clip to secure the ends and connect the ring to the top of the triangle to finish the sandals.

Here are some photos to help you through this process:

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Twist 2 bands on your hook to make the cap band.Start working the single chain pattern with 2 bands.Once you reach the desired ring size, insert your hook into the cap band to join the 2 ends together.Pull through 2 bands to form the ring.Secure the loops to the slipknot at the top of the triangle by using a C-clip.Close up view of the ring secured to the triangle with a C-clip.
Twist 2 bands on your hook to make the cap band.
Twist 2 bands on your hook to make the cap band. | Source
Start working the single chain pattern with 2 bands.
Start working the single chain pattern with 2 bands. | Source
Once you reach the desired ring size, insert your hook into the cap band to join the 2 ends together.
Once you reach the desired ring size, insert your hook into the cap band to join the 2 ends together. | Source
Pull through 2 bands to form the ring.
Pull through 2 bands to form the ring. | Source
Secure the loops to the slipknot at the top of the triangle by using a C-clip.
Secure the loops to the slipknot at the top of the triangle by using a C-clip. | Source
Close up view of the ring secured to the triangle with a C-clip.
Close up view of the ring secured to the triangle with a C-clip. | Source

Make 2 for a matching pair and you'll be ready to go to the beach! Have fun making this design.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      I love it and thanks for sharing this with us who like to be creative and do things on their own. I will also share it with others too for you.

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      Lee Tea 2 years ago from Erie, PA

      My sister has pumped out dozens of bracelets...can't wait to throw some fresh material her way! Shared - thanks!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Those are adorable, how cute! IT woud make a great way to disguise those ugly cheap dollar store flip-flops I grab for when I go camping or run around in the summer.

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      Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Rubber band crafts are becoming very popular with the teens, I've noticed. A friend of mine made me a bracelet with her loom one evening. I was amazed at her agility. This was interesting and I love the finished product!

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      dezalyx 2 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for all the comments! I hope you all have fun making the sandals. :)

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      So cute for summer! Voted up and beautiful!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      These are so cute and such a great idea!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Very cool. My daughter would love to make a pair of these and I know she has loads of the bands! Fun project.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Wow! This is awesome. I have made bracelets last year with Rainbow loom. Thanks for sharing this tutorial as you reminded me that I have still a box of Rainbow looms to make from the Philippines. Voted up and useful.

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