By Recycled Crafts Contributor, Anitra from the blog “Coffee Pot People”.
Quick! While the summer weather is still here, let’s alter one last pair of flip-flops. This is a look you may have seen, done with a new method that makes them even easier to do, and more comfortable to wear.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A pair of flip-flops
- Two or three scraps of fabric in coordinating colors and/or prints
Your first step is to measure the length of the thong’s strap, that narrow piece of plastic you slip your foot under. Now cut two rectangles from each of your fabrics as long as your strap and about 6″ wide.
Fold each of the rectangles in half lengthwise, and cut to within about ½” of the center at roughly half-inch intervals:
Now put one of the double fringes you’ve just created under the strap of a flip-flop, with the wrong side of the fabric against the underside of the strap. Starting where the strap goes through the sole near the heel, begin tying knots. You can tie a knot around the toe strap, or just skip over it when you come to it:
When you’ve tied the fringe on all the way across, take a second fringed rectangle and do the same thing. If you like the look, you can consider yourself done, but you can always cut a third rectangle and fringe and tie for even more color and pattern. The underside of the flip-flop’s straps will be smooth against your feet, and a tiny bit more padded with the addition of each fringed length of fabric.
One last step, if the flip-flops seem too “bushy”: Trim the fringe so that it’s shorter at the back and sides, and longer over the toes.
And one last thought: We think of flip-flops as summer wear, but picture these done with colorful flannelette or fleece for bedroom slippers!