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flip flops!
Saturday May 28th, 2005 07:55 PM
ok I've finally got time to write out a tutorial. So here goes.



To make these flipflops you can either
1. be thrifty and cut up an old pair of pants jeans or coulderoys work best. Cut along the seams first so you have 4 pant shaped pieces of cloth. Then cut each pant shape up into one long strip about an inch wide.
( Do this by cutting up along the length till about a centimeter from the end. Leave that intact and start cutting at the edge 2 cm from the last cutting line back up to the edge where you started from. Again leave the last 1 cm intact and start cutting from the edge. repeat till you use up the material)

or 2. use 1.5 inch ribbons. These hold up better than the cut material because they won't fray. But you'll need a lot of ribbon. Go for sturdy material. I used a polyester ribbon for the pair above.

Aside from that you'll need a small amount of ribbon or yarn to make the strap, a large crochet hook (very large, make sure you can work your ribbon/fabric strip with it) and needle and thread. Plus any extra decoration you want.

OK.

First crochet the base.
ch5
next row: turn and sc on to 3 ch from hook. sc into next st.
next row: ch2 turn and sc in to the same st. sc in to next st. make 2 sc into last st of row
next row: ch2 turn and sc in to the same st. sc to last st. make 2 sc into last st of row

now try the base against your foot. if it's a bit wider than your foot go to next step, if not do one more inc row. repeat as neccesary.

next row: ch2 turn. sc in to next st. sc in to each st to end.

keep going straight like this till the base is an inch or so shorter than your foot.

next row: ch2, skip next st and sc into the one after it. sc into each st to last 2 st. skip next st and sc into the one after it.

rep this row till tere's 3 st remaining. Break ribbon and weave in ends.



your base should look like this. Make 2.

Put your foot on to the base and mark the toe space. You can use anything to mark it. A toothpick, a pin, I used a small cloth pin.



Now make the strap. two inches from the heel stick your strap material through the base on either side. Make sure the loop can reach the toe point with out being too tight.



Take a small length of the same material and wrap it around the strap. stick the ends through the toe point.



Turn the flip flop over and sew down.



Finished!! Decorate to suit your tastes.

(If you want to crochet the strap too just make a length of chains long enough to stick through the base on either side a couple of inches from the heel and reach your toe point. Turn and double crochet in to each chain. Use yarn to tie down the strap at the toe point. Crocheted material will be quite stretchy so make sure the strap isn't too loose.)

comment by flyingfish
Saturday May 28th, 2005 08:50 PM
that is some serious d.i.y.! i would love to see other peoples once they make some... i don't have time but that is super rad!

 
comment by Selah
Saturday May 28th, 2005 09:42 PM
The perfect house slippers!
Thanks for the tutorial - I think it's beyond my abilities but a girl can dream.
 
comment by anniebeegoode
Saturday May 28th, 2005 10:37 PM
that rocks!
 
comment by kissmyknitz
Saturday May 28th, 2005 10:40 PM
I gasped out loud when I saw that, I already have some old pants cut into strips, I think I'll try it right now!!!! But the ribbon is so pretty.... Just for indoor use, right? Maybe the denim would be ok for streets?
 
comment by rawra
Saturday May 28th, 2005 10:55 PM
I don't know how to crochet but it may just have to be the next craft I learn how to do. Thanks for making the tute!
 
comment by Sewlittletime
Sunday May 29th, 2005 09:02 AM
I don't crochet....BUT maybe making a pair as if braiding a rag rug would work just as well. Just 2 tiny oval rugs, right? Hmmmmm........
 
comment by Iowa-art-teacher
Sunday May 29th, 2005 09:26 AM
I thought that they were done like a braided rug when I first saw the picture. I bet that you could do that, Sewlittletime! Anyway, thanks for the great pictures - a very clear tutorial.
 
comment by dumplingrrl
Sunday May 29th, 2005 09:57 AM
Thanks, I was wondering if the tute was well written. Sewlittletime, I think braided rugs would be great.

Kissmyknitz, I think denim would be sturdy enough, but watch out for fraying if you go outside.

Ok, anyone who tries this out, I wanna see pics!!
 
comment by belleepoque
Sunday May 29th, 2005 12:54 PM
fabulous! thanks so much for the tute-- it is absolutely well-written.
 
comment by delqc
Monday May 30th, 2005 01:37 PM
looks awesome! Seriously makes me wish I could crochet!
 
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