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Crafting to Refashion Flip Flops-Make Them For Gifts

Updated on June 2, 2014

Fashionable Flip-Flops Crafting Something to Wear

Crafting to Refashion Flip Flops. Most everyone has had a pair of rubber flip-flops at some time or another but not a crafting. I have been crafting with flip-flops for a long time and have discover some things that work and many things that don't. You can learn something from my crafting experience and make perfect flip-flops.

There are basically 2 type of flip-flops, ones that have the top strap held in place by a button at the end of each strap and the other one is constructed with the strap imbedded into the sole. In the case of the bottom strap, you can easily cut the button off and make a new strap with fabric using knots and glue. The type where the strap is internally fixed to the inner portion of the sole, is usually the one I refashion with embellishments, ribbons and beads, using glue to affix them to the strap.

Many people enjoy wearing flip-flops year round, especially those of use living in the southern regions of the country. If you don't have long summer, you can always spend the winter turning flop-flops craft pattern into designer fashion for summer wear. Thanks to the many types of sandals available there is a style to suit most any foots. Be sure to look on the bottom for button attachments if you want to replace the strap. I would suggest a cheap pair to start your first craft pattern with until you get you measurement correct.

The backside of the 2 different types of sandals

The backside of the 2 different types of sandals
The backside of the 2 different types of sandals

Flip Flops For Comfort

All flip flops are not created equal. There are many brands of flip flop these days and I can tell you that each one is made a little bit different. You will find that some offer support for your foot, while others are merely a flat sole with a strap. The old saying goes," you get what you pay for" is fitting for flip flops.

Create Your Own Flip Flops

The Process of Creating Fashionable Flip Flops

In this photo I glue 2 strips of embellishment facing inward and then glued pre-strung bead tassel above the toe strap.

What you will need:

1 Pair of Flip Flops

Glue Gun, Crazy glue is also good on the knots.


Sharp Scissors

Determination and Patience

1.For Button type flip flops you can cut the straps off of each one at the button, if you with to make a cloth strap.

Once you have cut the strap off you need to measure a 2 inch wide piece of fabric in you choice of color. For each shoe depending upon size you will need a length of approximately 1 yard. For a finished look sew the strap by folding right side together in a lengthwise fashion and machine stitching it from one end to the next, be sure to backstitch to prevent the stitches from pulling out. Now turn the narrow length right side out. Next find the center and tie a knot into the strip and thread it through the top hole of the sole. Then position the sole with the fabric strap on to your foot, and tie another knot just above your toes, then measure each side of the strap by positioning it next the hole near the arch of your foot making the position. Then thread the strap through one of the holes and tie a knot to hold it in place. Repeat for the opposite side. The tricky part, carefully clip the excess leaving about a half of an inch of fabric. Lastly, cover each of the 3 knots tied into the sole with glue, be sure to cover the extra little bit on the last 2 knots you just tied. Pull the knots tightly into the button holes, pressing them flat. Make sure that the excess fabric of the last 2 knots get tucked around the inside. I use a crochet hook or chopstick to do this. Allow you flip flop a day or two to completely dry. They are now ready to wear.

Buttonless flip flops should be embellished rather than switching out the strap. You could cut the strap off and refashion a hole, however, it does the hold the strap well, it will usually tear the sole of the flip flop within a few wearings. I have discovered that embellishment that are sold by the yard are a great choice for flip flops. They are easy to work with and keep in place while the glue dries. Another good choice are large flat-bottomed beads, they are easily glue onto the strap for embellishment. Sequins and other flat bottomed items can be glue on to the strap for decoration. Make sure that you only glue these items to the strap itself, keep the toe strap free of decoration, it will come off and it is not comfortable to wear. If you want to change the color of the strap ribbon or fabric strips glued on the strap works well.

The silver embellishment I used on these flip flops

The silver embellishment I used on these flip flops
The silver embellishment I used on these flip flops

Other by the yard embellishments

Other by the yard embellishments
Other by the yard embellishments

Beads and Gems

In this photo you can see some large gems, which are available for crafting. They are plastic, light-weight and easy to work with, I use crazy glue it seem to hold them in place well. The come in a variety pack which include different colors shapes and sizes of gems.

I do not recommend using round beads. They tend to slide are the dry and are difficult to adhere to the strap. Some people like to use hot glue for this type of gluing, Hand sewing is also an options for attaching bead and embellishment holding them securely in place.

For Flip Flops with plastic straps you can tear fabric into strips about 1 inch in width, glue the fabric in place as you wrap the fabric around the strap. The torn edges will create a distressed look and flower embellishments attached to the center just above the toe holder makes the perfect decoration.

Find Something Special

Centerpieces for Flip Flops


Jumbo gems are also a good choice for a center piece for you flip flop. Another good centerpiece is a hand-crafted ribbon flower or purchase some silk daisy flowers, remove the stem and use 1 or 2 petals together to form a blossom, finish with a gem in the center and simply glue it in place.

On the silver embellished flip flops I used pre-threaded beads, the come attached to a ribbon with the hanging strung beads along it. I use glue and fold the ribbon into a smaller piece to create a dangle with the bead strings close together.

Use your imagination, find some of your old remnants embellishments and see what you can create. You flip flop design will be original.

An embroidered tiger, ribbon flower, pre-made beaded embellishment. All off ebay!

An embroidered tiger, ribbon flower, pre-made beaded embellishment.  All off ebay!
An embroidered tiger, ribbon flower, pre-made beaded embellishment. All off ebay!

Flip flops photo:

Flip flops photo:
Flip flops photo:


Premade bead embellishments

Premade embellishments are easy to attach and can be found in abundance on ebay. I usually look up bead embellishments or bridal embellishments.

Will you try to make a pair of embellish flip-flops?

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    • MBurgess profile image

      Maria Burgess 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      This would be a great solution to flip flops that break, too. Replacing the straps with decorative trim and keep wearing them is a neat idea. Cool project, Chaltam!

    • Dusty2 LM profile image

      Dusty2 LM 

      5 years ago

      I don't think I will personally but this is a good idea to pass on to everyone else as we all wear them year round. Maye, mine will get done also...? I have always hated the rubber straps that come up over the foot because if you don't get the right pair and fit they always rub the top and sides of your feet. Well done lens. Thank You for stopping by my Healthy Gluten-Free Oatmeal Vegan Muffins lens and giving it a "thumbs up" as I really appreciate it. Bon Appetit!

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      5 years ago

      No but I bet others in my family would enjoy this.

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      5 years ago from United States

      I love the idea of embellishing flip flops to make my own unique pair :)

    • junkcat profile image


      5 years ago

      Yes, I have a new pair, I think I will use some Gems and Ribbons


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