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.
First crochet the base.
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 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?