Tutorial ~ Diy Ruffle (flip flops) Sandals

by Destri on March 9, 2012

Diy Ruffle Flip Flops Or Sandals
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Ahem.  Allow me to introduce the cutest pair of Diy Flip Flops I ever did make.  I couldn’t even call them flip flops – it seems this refashion has bumped them into the sandal category.  When my husband says “You made those?”  I know I’ve done good.  Like all the diy flip flops I’ve made, I just took the rubber out and replaced it with my own creation.  This time I broke out the sewing machine; adding ruffles, an ankle strap with a soft elastic back, and a little fabric toe piece.  Diy Ruffled Flip Flops  The best part?  I used scrap fabric from my little girls Easter dress.  Oh, and they stay on her feet, that might be the best part.  It’s a toss up :) The second best?  It was really easy.  Catch me after the jump for all the details!

Diy Ruffle Flip Flop Refashion

Diy Ruffle Flip Flop SandalsThere are a lot of pictures in this post, but it is really simple – I just covered every step. I provided a print button below and it will allow you to take out picture and text you don’t need to save on ink.  Let’s get started!Print Friendly and PDF

If you’re new to sewing I have a Sewing Tips Directory that might be useful.


  • rubber flip flops that allow you to cut the tabs off the back or top leaving a hole(I always hit up Old Navy)
  • utility scissors or sharp knife
  • fabric – just some long strips, and a piece for the center (you could also buy ruffled fabric off the spool too, make this super easy)
  • fray check
  • double fold bias tape – you will need ½ inch and ¼ inch
  • 1/2 inch elastic – some say baby soft, and that is what I used
  • hot glue gun


First thing you need to do is take out the rubber straps. Just push the rubber tabs through the bottom and the tabs off.  On the little flip flops, I had to cut the straps off from the top, and then pull through.  Now you have two forms. Set them aside.

Now let’s make the pattern for the top piece. I just used the holes as my guide, cutting out a triangle that was angled to match the that of the foot. So it is not a perfect triangle.

Then I put it on the foot to make sure all looked good.

Cut out four pieces, two for one foot, and two for the other flipping over the pattern.  Cut about a 1/4 inch around the pattern to give you a seam allowance. I just folded my fabric in half twice and then cut. This will give you the four pieces you need.

With two pieces that match, right sides together, sew around the perimeter leaving an opening large enough to turn it out on a flat side. When you get to the corners just stop with the needle down and then lift the foot, rotate the fabric, put the foot down and sew.  Sew up the other 2.

Turn both pieces out. I used my seam ripper to gently pull out the corners, but be careful not to tear the seam. Press, turning the opening edges in to match the seam allowance.

And sew up the opening.

Now get your strips. You need four for each side.  How long you cut them depends on the size you are making.  I just made sure mine were extra long knowing I would cut them down.  As for height I measured the length of the top piece and divided by four.

My top came in at 3 inches.  I needed 4 pieces at 3/4 of an inch to add up to three.  Double that because you will fold in half.  So I cut 1 1/2 inch pieces in height. In hind sight, I would have added a little more to compensate for the overlapping. You’ll see what I mean later.

Press them in half length wise.

Sew a basting stitch (longest stitch on my machine) and gather by pulling on the bobbin thread.  Then sew a zigzag stitch along the top to secure it. Press flat like I did if you like. Repeat on all the strips.

Now sew them on the triangle piece just along the top.  You can see my ruffle is overlapping over the tip of the triangle a bit.

Sew on the next ruffle, overlapping the first one to cover the top. I let mine curve a little, just a little.  Sew the rest of the ruffles on in the same fashion.

You can see the curve of my stitch in the picture, to give you an idea how much I used. You can also see the little gap I had at the top. It worked out fine with the bias tape in the next step, but I think I would have liked it to go to the top.

Cut off the ends of the ruffles at an angle like shown in the picture. Now add a generous amount of fray check to the ends of each and let dry.

Now we will make the ankle strap using the ½ bias tape.  I wrapped it around her ankle and cut so the ends meet. Then I cut off 2 inches to allow for the elastic.  Cut two, and sew on top of the top ruffle, sewing up the opening of the bias tape at the same time.  You can see in the image where my stitch was. Repeat on other piece.

Now take the ¼ inch bias tape and cut four extra long pieces.  Sew a loop at the end of each that will slide over the ankle strap.

Cut two more long pieces from the ¼ inch bias tape and sew to the tip of the top piece. This will be the toe strap.

You should now have 2 pieces that look like this when put together.

Cut two 2½ inch pieces from the elastic.

Now just sew them to the ends overlapping ¼ on each side of the ankle straps with a zigzag stitch.

You’re almost finished!  Pull the ends through the proper holes like shown.  I tied some loose knots where I thought they should be, tried them on and then adjusted them while it was on the foot. Walk around a bit and make sure it feels right, then tie a double knot.

Cut the ends off leaving just a smidgen of a tail and add a little hot glue to the hole to set the knot. Make sure the knot is flush with the hole.

You’re finished!  Aren’t they cute? I need to make a pair for every outfit.  With scraps and the shoes only costing $1.50, that makes for quite a bargain.

Diy Ruffle Flip Flops or Sandals

I think I need a pair too, maybe with linen or leather?  I’d make them without the ankle strap for an adult – just make the 1/2 inch bias tape extra long and pull those through the holes and tie.

And like I said, you could use the pre-ruffled fabric and this would really be a breeze.  You find it by the ribbon and it comes in all sorts of colors and lace, eyelet would be cute too!

If you would like some no-sew options we have a bunch of really fun Diy Flip Flops that you can choose from.

Okay, now go get some flip flops, Old Navy has a sale on them right now – then make sure you send me a picture!

Hope everyone has a great weekend,


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