Monday, May 24, 2010

How to Make Interchangeable Flip Flops...

I'm sure some of you have seen interchangeable flip flops at boutique's that are super expensive, but so cute.  I saw this idea from the blog Make It And Love It found HERE. She is like the MacGuyver of re-purposing clothing.  She turns her shirts into little girl dresses and her husbands ties into bow ties.

I bought Epoxy from Wal-Mart because the tutorial said hot glue didn't hold the Velcro to the plastic.  But I got impatient with it because it said to wait like 20 minutes once you apply it before sticking something to it.  So I ended up hot gluing it and they only lasted a couple of weeks before they started ripping off.  Patience is a virtue and I need it :).
But a little trick  I discovered was to cut the right length and snip the ends like this, and then cut that piece down the middle and it's perfect for both sides like below.
For the top piece for a more professional look you'll need to sew the vVelcro to the to whatever ribbon you choose.  toward the end I started hot gluing them to save time.

If you look close and the picture above you can see how I cut the Velcro at an angle already, and sewed extra ribbon one it.  At this point you need to place them together like above and sew right across that angle and snip the ends off.
Here are two example of some of the flip flop toppers I made. 
I thought it would be fun to also make the flowers interchangeable so I used Velcro in the centers. 
Taylor my two year old loves these Tinkerbell shoes.  I used them so she would want to wear them and she does. :)


Darren & Kenna said...

Jacque, I love your blog. This is sooo much fun. I got your comments on facebook about it, and I'm sorry I haven't had time to check it out until now, but this is a fabulous idea. How do you find time for it all? I hope I can come visit you soon to see all this craftiness in person. We're still hoping to come to AZ someday!...possibily in August.

Gina said...

You are too cool. Can I be cool like you?? Nice nails too. Cute, cute flip flops.