Tutorial ~ The Knot So Hard Flip Flop Diy

by Destri on June 6, 2011

Knot So Hard Flip Flop Tutorial
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Oh I am so excited about this project!  Any DIY that takes less than 30 minutes is worth getting excited about, no?  These flip flops are so easy, and so so comfortable.  The best part?  They only cost me $1.oo.  All you need is a pair of inexpensive flip flops, I bought mine at Old Navy for a buck, some scrap fabric and you’re set.  No sewing..but you can glue if you really want to ;).

Diy Fabric Flip Flops

I saw a similar pair at Target, which I would have bought had they fit.  I quite literally have the widest feet on the planet.  No really.  So wide feet people rejoice! You can have cute shoes too! Let’s get started!

Tutorial ~ Diy Knot Flip Flops


  • flip flops
  • kitchen scissors or an exacto knife
  • about a 1/4 yard of fabric off the bolt, or scrap fabric
  • hot glue – not necessary, but if you have it, it couldn’t hurt

Fabric Cuts:

You will need four 4½ x 24 inch strips.  You may be able to get away with less, I just left a lot to work with.


First you will push the straps through the back a little and cut off the wide part holding it.  I used an exacto knife on these flops, but the ones I made today I just used kitchen shears.  They worked great.

Knot So Hard Flip Flops Step 1

Okay, now we have our flip flop bottoms, sans the straps.  I just left my fabric with a raw edge.  I like it like that – but by all means, break out the sewing machine if you like :).

Knot So hard flip flop step 10

Cut all of your tips into a point like shown.

Knot So Hard Flip Flops Step 2

Now take two strips and pull two ends through the hole at the toe.

Knot So Hard Flip Flops Step 3

Tie a good and tight double knot.  The knot will fit in the little divet left from the original straps.

Knot So hard flip flop step 4

Cut the little tails off.

Knot So hard flip flop step 5

Now turn the flop over.  You are going to tie one knot about an inch from the shoe, this is where it will go in between your toes.  Hold both the straps together to tie it.

Knot So hard flip flop step 6

Tie a second knot right behind the first knot, good and tight.

Knot So hard flip flop step 8

Okay, we’re almost done.  Now pull the two straps through the side holes like shown.

Knot So hard flip flop step 7

Put the flip flop on and tighten the strap to where it is tight on the top of your foot, then tie a knot on each side.  Take the shoe off and make sure that the knots are tight, try the shoe on and make sure it fits, walk in it and make sure it is not too loose.  Remember, fabric stretches, so it’s better to be a little snug.

Knot So hard flip flop step 9

Cut off the ends and the little knot should fit in the divet.

Knot So hard flip flop step 11

You can skip this step, but I thought it might reinforce the knots a little.  I just put a little dab of hot glue in the hole and tightened.

Tutorial For Knot So Hard Flip Flops

You’re finished!  I think I will make a pair for my little girl too, since she inherited my feet.  It’s hard to find shoes for her too, plus I can just use scraps from things I make her :).

Knot So Hard Diy Flip Flops

They really are super comfy too, feels like you have nothing on.  Let me know if you make some, or add them to our flickr pool.

There is also the Key West flip flop re-do from last year using the same idea, super cute!  And while you’re at it, we have a bunch more Diy Flip Flops, you should see the ruffle ones…oh my :)

Hope you are having a happy Monday friends!

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{ 132 comments… read them below or add one }

Nancy July 28, 2012 at 9:22 am

Yeah. Tried these THREE times. (Three PAIRS. Not just three flip flops.) Failed Horribly. Couldn’t get the knots to go in the same place as it’s ‘mate’ (the other shoe). Or the knot ended up looking weird, different or bigger than its mate….I had ONE shoe out of six that turned out well. That’s it. Not sure how I’m doin it wrong…


Destri July 30, 2012 at 7:29 am

Hi Nancy,

What kind of fabric are you using? If it is too stiff it would really be hard to get good knots. Also, when your tying your knots, try to keep them loose until they are where you need them and then tighten. You should be able to work with the ones you’ve made though, just untie the knots!


Meegan August 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm

These flip flops were meant to be for me! My mom just gave me a huge box of scrap fabric today, then later my fave flip flops broke :-( Then I remembered I pinned this on Pinterest, so now…. I have new favorite flip flops, made in under 30 minutes! The only problem I had was that the 4 1/2 inch was a bit to wide (my fabric was very thin too) and was really hard to get through the hole, then it made a way too thick knot that wasn’t comfortable to step on. So I just cut off about an inch on each strip and it worked perfect! The length was almost too short, my shoe size is a womens 8, so for anyone who cares, keep that in mind! Now I want to buy a cheap pair for my toddler & make the ones with the strap in the back, maybe make a matching pair for me too :-) Thanks for thinking of this, a great way to “upcycle” a pair of old flip flops!


Destri August 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Yay! And thanks so much on the feedback for the length and width on how it worked for you. So glad you liked them!


Tracey September 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I made a pair this afternoon. I bought the flip flops from dollar general for .37 and remnant fabric at wal-mart for .97. They turned out very cute and cheap! Thanks can’t wait to wear them and make a pair for my daughter.


Chelsea January 6, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Thank you so much for this! My new little puppy just ate the plastic straps I had on my flip flops and I was researching where I could by new straps – but now I’ll just make them :)
Thanks again


Sarah February 2, 2013 at 9:05 pm

What a great idea! I’m going to make a pair (or two) for myself and one for each of my friends for their birthday!


Cassandra Wessel April 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

These look amazing! I have tons of Old Navy flip flops from last year that have begun to hurt my feet from the foam wearing down and the plastic digging in. I can’t wait to turn them into something new!


Veleska June 5, 2013 at 11:20 am

I’m soooo glad I came across your site. The plastic strap broke on my right Old Navy flip flop, and this was an easy & inexpensive way to fix that problem. Your idea is so versatile, you can not only use fabric, but also braided cord, denim scraps, you name it. I actually used 1 1/2 inch-wide wired satin ribbon, with a reversible flower/polka dot pattern, and they are cute cute cute.

Of course, the flip flop soles will probably outlast the ribbon, but that’s okay~~there’s more where that came from!!


Veleska June 5, 2013 at 11:32 am

Sorry, Destri~~I forgot to thank you!! :)


Christine June 24, 2013 at 11:23 am

Thanks so much for the tutorial. I just made a pair in under 30 minutes and I love them!!!!


Dana Richards July 9, 2013 at 12:48 am

Thank you so much! My girls loved these. Too cute!


Kara July 20, 2013 at 5:28 pm

These are super cute and I am excited to make some! I do have a question, howmuch fraying did you have after you finished? I fear they will fray a lot.


Destri August 8, 2013 at 11:51 am

Hi Kara,

Mine didn’t fray at all – but if you have a fabric that you worry about, just cut in diagonal. This cut will not produce hardly any fray where it’s on the bias.


Debi July 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm

That sure is a fantastic idea just love it!!! I’m going to make a couple of pairs real soon.

Thanx a whole lot, :)


Alesia August 4, 2013 at 9:43 am

I would like to know what you uesed to make the flower on the Key West pair you made.


Destri August 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm
Michele May 31, 2014 at 3:34 pm

I have made these, and let me tell ya, they are the most comfy flip flops in the world!!! Thanks so much!


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