Tutorial ~ Key West Flip Flops & Rock The Flop Linky

by Destri on September 1, 2010

This post is part of the Rock The Flop Event with Grand Prize of a $100 gift card to Roberts Crafts, more details on how to enter here.

I am way to excited about how these turned out!  It was one of those ideas that you didn’t know if it would work out, and it turns out even better than you hoped.  I love those kinds.  Much better than the ones you are quite certain you have all figured out and they end up in the scrap bucket :).

So I wanted this to be a no-sew project and create a relaxed flip flop that looks like it just walked off a beach.  Because really, that is where I wished I just walked off of.  I just cut the fabric and tied some knots!  But really, if you did whip out your sewing machine the possibilities are endless!  You could do just about anything with this deconstructed flop.  I had about a million different ideas, but settled on this one, so I am hoping some of you out there will come up with some fun twists!

Also I had a few emails reminding me I chose Labor day weekend for the finale of the event.  Is it really this weekend?  Sheesh, where has the time went?!  So we are giving you another week, which gives you plenty of time to make some flops and win a $100 gift card from Roberts Crafts.  More on them later, and a linky at the bottom.  But first….

How To Deconstruct a Flip Flop

You have to have a pair of flip flops that have the discs holding the top part on, on the back.  I bought mine at Old Navy for $2.00.

Now flip over the shoes, and cut off that disc with an exacto knife.  If you go at an angel they come right off.  Do this on all three, and pull the top off.

Now you have a clean slate!  Oh the things you could do!  I see beads, fabric, rope….

Here is what I did:

I started with two strips of scrap fabric measuring 10 in x  1 in.  I did not sew them, but they would be sturdier if you did.

Fold in half and pull the loop end through the hole on the form.  Make sure the loop is on top.  I pulled mine through about an inch…

and then tied a knot and put a little glue in the hole and pulled it tight.  Then cut off the extra.

The knot should fit right into the divot where the disc was before.

Next I took two strips measuring 2½ in x 24 in.  Loop them through the toe piece and then slide on the flop and tie where it is comfy.  I had a little stretch in my fabric, so I tied mine pretty snug.

It ended up when pulled straight it reached the back of the flop, just as a reference.

Next I took two strips measuring 12 in x 1 in, and cut the ends into a point.

Making sure it is looped around the top part, pull the ends through the back hole from the top.  Do this on both sides, slide on the shoes and adjust the length to where it is comfy.

Now tie the backs into knots, and add a little more hot glue to the bottom divot and pull tight.  Then cut off the tails.

I still had the flowers from this tutorial, and sewed them on the side piece with a needle and thread.

Done!  So so easy!  And do you see what I mean?  The possibilities are endless.

My sister’s neighbor was kind enough to model, and she even said they were so comfy.  You barely feel them on.  Then she asked if I was going to be making them to sell…hmmm, that’s an idea.

Don’t they look like a beach sandal?  Now if only I had a beach near by.

I bought a ton of the flip flops at Old Navy, and can’t wait to make matching shoes for the skirts I make, so fun!

Okay so here we go!  I want to see your best stuff!  That $100 gift card to Roberts Arts and Crafts sure will come in handy for the upcoming holidays don’t you think?  Need more inspiration?  Here is my first flip flop makeover and here is Suzanne’s.  We can’t enter dang it.

The Rules for the Rock The Flop Event are here, with an updated final submit day of September 13, 2010.

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Jamie M. September 1, 2010 at 11:27 am

Those are ADORABLE!!! I think I will have to try this, thanks for sharing!!


Aubrey September 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Way cute! Loving these!


Sandra from slc September 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm

awesome idea~!


maria September 1, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Oh Man! Those are SOOOO cute. I want some. They look way comfy too.


Tina September 2, 2010 at 4:31 am

Sooo cute. And you know I can’t sew….BONUS!
Have you seen me with scissors though? Oh my….


kristy September 2, 2010 at 5:40 am

very schnazzy!


Jessica September 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm

OMG! I wish I would have found this earlier, like when my favorite flip flops broke! I could have reused them to make a brand new pair!


Bev @ FlamingoToes.com September 2, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Hi! I saw your contest over on Someday Crafts and had to come link up! :)
I love the flip-flops you make too. Really creative and cute!
I’m a new follower too.


Anngela September 2, 2010 at 1:25 pm

This is awesome :) I’m with Jessica–now when my flip flops break, I can still put them to use!! THANK YOU for this idea :) I will have to see what I can come up with for the contest!!
<3 new follower, Anngela


megan - a ruffle in time September 2, 2010 at 6:05 pm

feautred this on my blog! this is such an amazing idea, thanks for sharing!!


Suzanne September 2, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Cute and fun looking flops Destri!


AmberLee September 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm

those are a-dor-able. and wow. i never realized how simple this could be.

your sister’s neighbor has cute toes.


Anne September 6, 2010 at 7:09 am

Those are fabulous!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:



PamalaW September 6, 2010 at 10:07 am

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these! I bought a couple pairs of flip flops a while back thinking I would do something with them since I can NOT walk in regular flip flops to save my life but they were only 60 cents each on clearance.. knocked out a pair of these in about 20 minutes or so with material from an old t-shirt I was going to get rid of anyways.. these are so COMFORTABLE! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! :D (I’m not excited at all lol)


Destri September 7, 2010 at 7:29 am

Pamela!!! You just made my day! So comfortable right? I bet they are especially comfy with T-shirt material. Where are your pictures?!!! Send me one for the contest!


Heather B September 7, 2010 at 9:46 am

hi! can you show us how to make the flower??? thanks :)


Destri September 7, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Hi Heather, there is a link in the post right under the picture where I added the flower, that will take you to the tutorial!


Elizabeth of OnlineFabricStore September 7, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Wow, these wonderful and so easy. Thanks for showing them.


Debbie J September 7, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I wish I had seen this in April before we left to go on our cruise. These would have been great to make and take!


Heather September 13, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I just saw your contest on Someday Crafts yesterday! You flip flops are so cute! I am your newest follower!


Destri September 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Oh Heather, those flip flops are soooo cute! Thanks so much!


Teresa September 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Love this idea. I actually have a pair of flip flops that the strap broke so this would be a perfect way for me to get to use them again. Thanks for sharing this with us!


Suz September 14, 2010 at 9:27 pm

This makes me really, really happy! I wear orthotic flips that cost me around $40 a pair. The straps wear out long before the soles do, and I’ve been trying to think of how I can reuse the soles of my old ones.

They don’t have holes in them but I do come equipped with a drill! Thank you so much for sharing!


Diane May 5, 2011 at 10:34 am

I also had this idea but have not had the time to sit down and figure out the best way to construct them. You have saved me lots of trial and error time! My granddaughters both have chucky wide feet and it’s the rare pair of flip flops that fit them but they love to wear them. My idea is to match them with outfits/pillowcase dresses. So cute! Think of the possibilities! THANKS so much for sharing this! These are adorable! You are SOOOO clever! Diane :)


Destri May 12, 2011 at 6:39 am

Diane! That is the very reason I thought of them! I too have very wide feet. So wide they could host the cover of national geographic ;). And my little girl was blessed with them, dang it! I am making a couple other pairs right now, I will have to post them so you can see. Please send me any pics of the ones you make, I would love to see them!


Tammy June 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I’ve featured this on my blog… http://www.boosie.ca/?p=1147
I also featured your other pair here: http://www.boosie.ca/?p=1131


debbie June 20, 2011 at 9:00 am

i like these even better than the knotsohard flip flops.. will be trying these tonight.


Twyla June 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I made a pair today! They are so comfy! Thanks for this tutorial! I shared it on my blog ;) http://sweetassteel.blogspot.com/2011/06/altered-flip-flops.html


Sonal July 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I have to try it right now…going to m craft room.

Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea.


Destri July 21, 2011 at 6:37 am

How’d it go?!


Lee Ann G. March 15, 2012 at 9:05 am

So excited to find this tutorial.. thank you so much for sharing it. I have recently been diagnosed with arthritis from a past injury in my foot and was told not to wear flip flops because they aren’t supportive enough. This tutorial shows a back strap added. Maybe this would work for me. Do you have any ideas on how to add a back strap only to like some croc flip flops that have some built in arches?

Lee Ann G.


Jen March 16, 2012 at 10:49 am

Gorgeous Flip Flops! Fell in love with it!! :)


Alana B. March 16, 2012 at 10:41 pm

I just resently found this on Pinterest, and had to try them! They look great! But instead of a flower on the side, I left the ribbon long, and used it as a rap tie so I could have a big bow! I just wanted to say thank you for the great idea!


Destri March 19, 2012 at 10:56 am

That’s a great idea, I bet they look adorable! Thanks so much for letting me know!


Lois March 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I made a pair of flip-flops from your idea. I put the material in place of the hard plastic between my toes. The purple color didn’t come in my size, so I bought the smalller size. I remembered when I got home about these flip-flops, so I just did mine like a regular pair. I couldn’t figure out how to make the back pieces, but it didn’t matter, as long as I can wear them and my toes won’t hurt. My bf likes them, he thinks I should do the 3 other colors I bought, I need more material to do them. Thanks for the idea.


Destri March 29, 2012 at 5:02 am

Aren’t they much more comfortable? Thanks so much for letting me know Lois, I am glad you are enjoying them.


JAYMIE July 1, 2012 at 2:41 am

i will be making these beach sandals they are way to cute


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