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 }

Jen June 6, 2011 at 10:30 am

I love this tutorial! I have a pair of flip flops from Target that I got last year, that look just like these but the fabric is tired and worn out. What a great, easy idea to create designer sandals :) Thanks!


Randi June 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Those are so great!! I love the look of them. Are they holding up well?


Destri June 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm

yes! I have loved them, had them on for days, and they are holding up great. I made a pair for my little girl, I need to post them, I think they are even cuter:)


Julie June 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm

SO CUTE!! Can’t wait to try them!!!


Frummie June 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm

What a great idea. I will have to find out what size my grand kids are.


Destri June 7, 2011 at 4:15 am

Send me pics!


Ihilani June 7, 2011 at 2:12 am

As someone whose pretty much spent her entire life in a pair of these babies, this is ingenious! I really love how it changes the whole look! And fabric must be way more comfy than rubber between your toes!


Destri June 7, 2011 at 4:10 am

Oh Ihilani, the possibilities are endless! Now I spend my days thinking of the different flip flops I can make :). And yes, so so much better than rubber. I never have known, what island are you on?


Ihilani June 7, 2011 at 9:15 am

I grew up on the Big Island, but we live on Maui (husband’s from there)


Shola June 7, 2011 at 4:12 am

Brilliant! I’m on it! (them!)


Lynnea June 7, 2011 at 7:10 am

WOW I have to el-cheapo flip flops I got at Walmart last year that are going to get operated on today.


Lynnea June 7, 2011 at 7:10 am

WOW I have two el-cheapo flip flops I got at Walmart last year that are going to get operated on today.


Candy June 7, 2011 at 7:21 am

SUPER cute and what an awesome idea!


Lynnea June 7, 2011 at 8:19 am

Just posted a picture of my first pair on flicker


Lynnea June 7, 2011 at 8:44 am
Destri June 7, 2011 at 9:18 am

They look great! Thanks so much for letting me know!


Lynnea June 7, 2011 at 9:48 am

Destri…you are welcome to use my pictures ….I even made another pair with my ratty grey flops that made them look brand new…added those to my blog post.


Annita Wilson June 7, 2011 at 8:51 am

these are adorable, can’t wait to make a pair (or more) headed out to Walmart now to pick up several pairs of cheap flip flops!


KellyS June 7, 2011 at 10:38 am

I had to run out and get myself a cheap pair of sandals today to try these out! I will post pics as soon as I get mine made…. although I may have to go back to another Walmart and see if I can find white ones in my size. My two year olds are having a blast trying on mommy’s cheapo flip flips, maybe I will look for some for them too. Although your other tutorial would be better for them (with the heel strap). Fun Fun!!


vanessa @ silly eagle books June 7, 2011 at 11:21 am

Well that makes those old navy flops look so much better! I love it!


Allison Leach June 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

A MUST do! Totally cute and have TONS of blah flip flops that need some updating!! Thanks lady!


Emily June 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm

These are awesome! Glad to hear they’re holding up. I love flip flops that are soft between the toes. Hopefully Old Navy will have another dollar sale. :)


Dollie June 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I love love love these! So glad I’m not the only person that has issues with shoes because of wide feet! (Not only are mine wide, but they’re big (we’re talking size 10 big))
This is going on my to make list! :)



Debi June 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Love this idea! I have wide feet too and have always wanted cute flip flops. I’m definitely going to make these, for me and my girls!


Erin June 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Genius! I will be doing this soon.


Melissa June 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I went for years without buying Old Navy flip flops… but the dollar sale reeled me in. I bought several pairs and then realized why I hadn’t bought any for so long… they make HUGE blisters on my feet where the straps hit! This is a PERFECT solution to the 5-6 pairs that I bought during the sale! Thank you :D


Abeni June 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm

These are so freakin cute, I love flip flops in the summer and will be making these for myself and my daughters tomorrow.


Tia June 7, 2011 at 11:00 pm

You are GENIUS!! Thank you so much for sharing. I am going to do this pronto!!!!


Nike@ChooseToThrive June 8, 2011 at 8:31 am



Vanilla Bean Crafts June 8, 2011 at 8:41 am

To stinkin’ cute! I live in So. Cal and literally wear flip flops everyday of my life!! I’m gonna have fun with this one!


Kerry June 8, 2011 at 11:11 am

Wow…what a great idea….and so cheap….I like the soles of the cheap flip flops, but the plastic straps hurt under my arch. I’ve got to try this…and I can’t wait to show this idea to my daughter too. Thanks!


gail June 8, 2011 at 11:26 am

LOVE flip flops! this is a great way to dress them up!
ps saw you at ucreate


Ashley @ DesignBuildLove.co June 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Soooo cute and fun!!!


Hippy the Hippo June 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm

this is total awesomeness! love it!


chapman June 9, 2011 at 6:49 am

absolutely brillant !


Mary June 9, 2011 at 6:51 am

Just made two pairs last night. My youngest daughter loves them. Her feet are narrow and I could fit the straps to her foot. I also made a pair for myself. They are so darn cute and fun to make. I am thinking now of other ways to convert cheap flip flops! Thanks a bunch for your tutorial!!


Amy Stickle June 9, 2011 at 8:58 am

These are too CUTE! I love that you can take a plain pair of flip flops and add your own style! I think I might make a matching Mother/Daughter pair. Thanks for sharing.


Michelle June 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm

These are adorable!! I use a little dot of fabric glue over the knots and it works like a charm.


Robin Rakes June 10, 2011 at 6:45 am

I love this idea. Of course I recently donated all my floppers I cant wear. LOL I wonder how ribbon would work??? I’m looking in my closet again. :)


Julie {isCocoandCocoa} June 10, 2011 at 8:36 am

I made myself a pair! Thanks for the tutorial.
(You can see mine here-)


Krystal June 10, 2011 at 9:20 am

I just wanted to let you know that I am featuring this on Sassy Sanctuary today. Love it!


Allison June 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm

What a great idea, those rubber flip flops always cut in to my feet so this looks like it would be way more comfortable. I think I will try using a large bead in place of the 2nd knot since I stink at knots. Thanks!


carterzmomma June 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Love it….didnt have any fabric on hand but had a bandana that never got used….adorable.


Stephanie Mosselman June 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Just wanted to let you know that I love this idea and that I featured it on my latest blog post!
Check it out http://makingbeautyfromashes.blogspot.com/
Thanks, Stephanie


Lisa Peterson June 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm

LOVE, love, love this idea! Especially since flip-flops (we call them slippers) are the staple footwear here in Hawaii. But as a teacher I don’t like wearing my plain plastic ones to school – this is the perfect alternative….style and comfort.

Can’t wait to make my own pair!!


Dogpackmomma June 11, 2011 at 7:41 am

Good tutorial. Thanks for sharing.


SouthernScraps June 11, 2011 at 8:05 am

Adorable, and yes a thirty minute diy project is exciting! I have a bag of flip flops waiting to be adorned and upcycled. This is perfect.


Laura June 11, 2011 at 12:52 pm

These are fantastic and shouldn’t rub blisters between my daughter’s toes like the rubber thongs do! Can’t wait to try it.


Na June 12, 2011 at 7:31 am

That is a great idea, they look so nice!


Rachel June 12, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Made them today! Thank you SO much for the tutorial/idea.
Super cute…and most of all…way more comfy!


Stephanie@cre8tive June 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm

You are brilliant to come up with this idea! Can you feel the knot when you walk? I just love how many ideas there are for these, you could easily make a pair for every day of summer. Great tutorial too!


Destri June 15, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Thanks Stephanie! And no, I can’t feel the knots at all. The fabric I used was pretty lightweight, so if you have a heavy fabric you could just make the area you tie a little narrower. Let me know how it goes :)


Mechelle June 14, 2011 at 6:23 am

I just had to tell you I LOVE this.. Me and my girls are making these today.. I also posted about this on my blog and linked it to you! Thanks again for sharing.. Love your blog.. I am now a new follower for sure!


Tammy/FancieStrands June 15, 2011 at 8:04 am

These are way to cute and I am off to make my daughter and I some of these cuties. Great tutorial and thanks for sharing.


Jocelyn June 16, 2011 at 9:30 am

These are perfect. I’m a skin sensitive, wide footer and the 100% cotton-y goodness is going to give my feet such relief from the plastic….off I go to cut away!! THANKS for the adorable idea.


Thankfully Thrifty June 17, 2011 at 8:49 am

Can’t wait to make mine! I have narrow feet, so like you but opposite, flip flops like this don’t normally fit me. So I’m excited to customize my own! Thanks for this tutorial. I linked up. :)


Kassandra @ Coffee and their Kisses June 17, 2011 at 9:42 am

Hello! I featured this here at Coffee and their Kisses. Please come by and grab a featured button that’s located on my left hand side bar! Thanks again!


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