Thursday, May 20, 2010

Altered Flip Flops Tutorial

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While I live in Southern California, I am not much of a stereotypical "California girl"- I have short black hair, fair skin, I can't get tan (unless my millions of freckles blend together one day) and I don't run around in a bikini and short shorts. But I do love my flip flops and living in California, I have developed quite the collection- and because it is 75 degrees year round- I wear them every single day!


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These are my favorite pair. My husband got them for me when he spied them in a local surf shop and thought they looked like something I would make (messy and colorful). They are Sanuks and while they were not cheap (yes $32 is a lot for flip flops in my world!) they were SO worth it because they are just about the most comfy pair of sandals I have ever owned.
p.s. I think Target has knock offs for cheaper :)


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While I love my Sanuks, I am not spending $32 on more colors- so I was inspired to alter some cheap - $5.00- pair of flip flops with a similar look that made use of my fabric scraps.

FYI-I hear that Old Navy is having a sale on flip flops this Sat- $1.00 a pair- how can you beat that!?



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I used small pieces of my own hand dyed fabric and recycled fabric scraps in colors that would compliment the sandals.


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I cut them into 1/2"- 1 " strips and lined them up in row.


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I sewed them together with lots and lots of messy stitches.


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I made two strips- one for each sandal- long and wide enough to use.


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I cut a small strip, wide enough to wrap around the toe piece.


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I wrapped it around,


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and used embroidery thread to sew it together (as tight as possible).


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I did the same thing for each of the straps- I wrapped the fabric around the sandal and hand sewed the top of the strip to the fabric on the toe piece and then made my way down the entire strap with colorful thread.

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I made sure it was VERY messy and NOT perfect :)


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I am BEYOND thrilled with the result- they are actually more comfy with the fabric, very secure (they made it through a scary hike down rocky trails to the beach) AND SUPER cute :)

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I liked the first pair so much that I made another pair in neutral colors (these are my favorite!)


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70 comments:

  1. Good golly Miss Molly these are adorable!! They're going on my list of fun things to try. Best of all you used messy stitching which I LOVE, I have TONs of tiny fabric scraps, and it's a cheap thing to do to reap such cool flip flops! Am I gushing? Afraid so. Do love them. Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  2. love these! I'm a flip-flopper, but now that I've left Ca for the east, I only get a few months to wear them. These would make those months extra special!

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  3. Fantastic! My 13 yo daughter and I will whip some of these up for summer. Thanks!

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  4. whyducks12:06 PM

    Totally gorgeous

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  5. Awesome! I love both color combos.

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  6. So cool! Love the idea and i will definitely try it. Thanks for sharing your crazy creativity:)

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  7. What a great idea! I love flip flops! I must give this a try!

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  8. these are fantastic! I really wish I had sewing skills so I could vamp up my O.N. flip flop collection.

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  9. Kittyj2:13 PM

    I'm with Lori - I'm gushing too! Love these and thanks for the Old Navy tip - I would never have thought of going there!!!

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  10. ack! i have to do that! thanks for the tute :)

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  11. ***I LOVE THESE!!!*** As a midwesterner, I cherish the time that I get to wear my flip flops. And these are gorgeous. Thank you for your fabulous ideas!

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  12. There is no end to your creativity! Nothing is beyond you. I'd like to try this myself.

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  13. I am in LOVE! I have a pair of the knock-off ones from Target and I love them. I will definitely, DEFINITELY be doing this to a couple pairs of flip flops. And thanks for the tip about Old Navy's sale!

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  14. I always bring a sewing/craft project for my Mom, Sis and I to do while on our annual beach vacation, and I think this will be it! Thanks for the tutorial =)
    I saw the Old Navy ad this morning, so you know I'll be there on Sat.!

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  15. Anonymous11:47 PM

    Hi
    I love your work.
    I also refashioned my flip flops but I sew stripes from the smock part of a fabric on them. They look so cute. I used a thick needle and a transparent hard thread to sew the stripes. I use pliers to pull the needle cause sometimes it is dificult to pull it by hand when it is going through the thick rubber.
    Hope to make myself clear.
    I love your blog.

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  16. The brown ones are my faves...this has inspired me to get out my sewing machine :-) very nice!

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  17. I don't live in an area where it's that warm year round, but I do like to wear flip flops in the house in lieu of slippers... and I've been wanting to personalize mine, just like I personalize plenty of things, never got around to doing ff, but now you gave me the incentive, thanks much!!

    love your blog!!!!

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  18. absolutely great idea. i wish i liked those kinds of sandals because i would be fixing them up all weekend. alas that between the toe thing drives me nuts! :(

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  19. OMG! I am idolizing those!!! I was just about to go check out the Sanuks link but the post didn't stop there!!! I have got to try this!! Thank you!!

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  20. very cool! totally different looking depending on the fabrics you use!

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  21. Those are great! Definitely adding them to my to-do list.

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  22. ooohhh...great idea!!! can't wait to try it!

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  23. So much better then the floppy fabric or ribbon kind. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. oh these are cool. i'm not a flip flop girl other then just around the house. I don't like people to see my feet, but I may have to give this a try. b/c it looks so cool.

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  25. I'm going to have to try this out-it looks like agreat way to use up some scraps too :)
    Thanks for sharing the tutorial...

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  26. Ooh, those are awesome!!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-super-cool-altered-flip-flops/2010/05/22/

    --Anne

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  27. Love these! I may have to head to Old Navy and attempt them myself!

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  28. WOW! I love these! Now, to find the fabric I like. I love your brown ones!!

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  29. These are so cute!!! I want to make some for me!

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  30. Wow these are awesome! I have got to try this.

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  31. Adorable!!!! Love those! I've been thinking about what I could do with my uncomfortable plastic flip flops, and I'm definitely going to give this a try!

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  32. Just came over for the swap...I love your blog!!! I had to laugh when you described yourself...I am a brunette with fair skin...no freckles but I do turn bright red! lol...I don't live in California, but I am a flip flop addict. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  33. Fantastic Alisa! I will definitely be trying these. I went to the Old Navy sale today. It was a complete mad house BUT - I got 9 pair of flip flops for under $10. Perfect for summer and perfect for this project! Thanks! I really admire your creativity!

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  34. These are so wonderful!
    I can't wait to try this!
    If only it wasn't raining all the time around here ...
    I think your blog is s wonderful and creative and inspiring!

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  35. I love them! I wish I could wear flip flops like that.

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  36. This is such a great tutorial - thank you for sharing! I have never thought of doing this to flip flops - the best I ever came up with was a misguided romp with a bedazzled-like idea - complete failure. :) I'm definitely going to try this. Your neutral ones are my fav too!

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  37. I so so so love this! I will have to make some! I LOVE flipflops but could not find any cute ones last year that were reasonably priced. Now I can just get cheap ones and make them look gorgeous! And they have the added bonus that they are probably very comfortable! With the cheap ones I often have trouble cause they really really hurt my toes. Oh ... excited! :-)

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  38. Very Cute, Thanks for tutorial. I have crocheted around the flip flop straps but this is way cuter.
    Debbie

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  39. C'est en plein dans mes goûts, je vais surement m'essayer, merci.

    Bonne journée.
    Josée

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  40. Great idea!! Really cute!

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  41. so creative and special look! thanks for the tutorial!

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  42. Here in S.Calif.We love our flipflops what a great idea
    to look cool.
    Thank you for the tutorial!

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  43. ran right out to wal-mart for a $2 pair to alter! great idea!

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  44. Doris2:44 PM

    Oh .. I spotted one of those flip flops last summer, but found them too expensive... now I can make my own... thank you so much

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  45. I live in thongs (the shoe kind) so I'm definitely going to try this when summer comes round.

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  46. beautiful idea!!!
    i am going to nake for this summer... in Chile the summer is so hot, the only shoes that you could wear is "chalas"

    :D

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  47. One of my favorite things to do is alter shoes, and I've been doing this to flip-flops for years. I live in TX, therefore, in flip-flops, year round also. I've also redone Dr. Scholl's sandals and the cheap, plain MaryJane's. Plain, single colored shoes are just so boring, aren't they? Your flip-flops look GREAT!

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  48. These are really cute! I love flip flops and I think I'm going to have to try this!

    xo Erin

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  49. How fun!! I'm going to try to make some - these look great. Flippies, as I call them, are my shoe of choice all summer long. Thanks for the tutorial!

    Tanya

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  50. Fantastic stuff... definately going to make a pair.......though the weather in the UK isn't condusive to flip flops!

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  51. What a clever idea, and they look so cool. I really like your hand paint fabrics and how you embrace the Very messy look:)

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  52. Love the flip flops!! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us, really appreciate it when someone gives of themselves. This is definetly on the "gotta do list", I think I might even be able to convince my daughter to make these.

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  53. Holy wonderfulness! Now I've got to hit the store for cheap flip flops...already have the fabric.

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  54. you inspired me and my Mom to start a new blog "Flip Flop Drop" . We alter flip flops and place in random settings to be picked up by some lucky passer-by!! Thanks for being so wonderful, artful and generous in your tutorials! You inspire us all to be more colorful, day to day! Come visit us...flipflopdrop.blogspot.com/

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  55. Hi. I just made a pair of altered flip flops from your tutorial. They're ace! Thank you! x

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  56. I just wanted to thank you for your tutorial. I just made a pair, and they are awesome! My husband even wants me to alter a pair for him as well.

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  57. This is a good tips to customized your own flip flop...I can do it very easy...thanks for sharing!!!

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  58. I gave it a try and I was very happy with the result. Such a great idea. Thank's for sharing!

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  59. oh my....I have fallen in love with your blog today! So much inspiration for me! LOOOOOVE IT!!!

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  60. these are so cute! I am so inspired to go home and do something artsy tonight, I can't stop reading your blog! :)

    Lorie

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  61. I love this one! I have made it the "Tutorial of the Day" on my blog. As such, I I have posted a photo and a link to your site and this tutorial!

    It is posted at http://wiserunning.com/blog/?p=339

    Happy Crafting!

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  62. I love this! I'm a big fan of cheap flip flops (because they're cheap) but they're not that attactive. Now I can dress them up and use up all those fabric scraps I've been saving!

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  63. Okay, these are amazing! I'm featuring them on my blog tomorrow during my little flip flop post. :)

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  64. I featured these awesome flip flops this week. Grab a button if you like:

    http://southernscraps.blogspot.com/2011/06/must-do-monday-altered-flip-flops.html

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  65. I love your tutorial so much that I up-graded my sons flip flops into this: http://www.tapuz.co.il/blog/ViewEntry.asp?EntryId=2072520

    he loves them! manly and cool.

    thanks!

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  66. Perfect timing. My daughter is complaining that the plastic straps hurt her feet. This is sure to solve that issue. Thanks!!

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  67. Love these!!! I am a big time flip flop girl...

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  68. Anonymous10:56 PM

    Great website, looks very clean and organized. Keep up the good work! antibacterial

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  69. Wow great designs. I like that.

    Siesna Flip Flop Club is the place for you to choose your flip flop and delivery only at $15. It’s a great opportunity for the US people. I am welcoming you to the club.

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