Fringed Flip-Flops

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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!

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About Anitra

Anitra Cameron had the good fortune to be born into a family where creativity ran rampant. Her father has authored several books and worked as a photographer and her mother hand-painted portraits. Anitra’s favorite crafts to make are: Jewelry (especially using buttons), collaged book marks, miniature cake stands, all from recycled materials. Anitra’s moto: “Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do, or do without.” Live with that long enough and you’ll never want to throw anything away, so best to turn it into art! Anitra lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, where their combined family’s total seven children, and (so far) seventeen grandchildren. Recently Anitra became a great-grandmother of a darling little boy! You can find more of Anitra’s work at “Coffee Pot People”.

One thought on “Fringed Flip-Flops

  1. Catherine

    Great idea! Do you need to treat the fabric edges to prevent fraying? I am looking to do these for a gymnastics team to wear to meets and want them to hold up for the season.

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