Yarn Wrapped Flip Flops Tutorial!

August 15, 2013Allison Murray

You may have seen these yarn wrapped flip flops over at Or So She Says, where I have contributed a few craft projects!

Wrap a pair of flip flop straps with yarn. Really cute.

In the summer time I wear flip flops until my heels crack. Which isn’t a good thing but I just have a hard time allowing my feet to be bound up in shoes and maybe even socks when it is almost 100 degrees outside.

Now let’s throw in the fact that I am cheap. I mean super cheap. The few pairs of flip flops I have that are beaded or have heels or whatever were gifts. I’ve never spent good money on a pair of flip flops when I can buy a simpler pair for only$2. Because for one, I’m going to lose one or both or, as in one insanely odd instance, somehow lose one to only run over it with the riding lawn mower (while I was mowing the yard). That was fun.

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Wrap a pair of flip flop straps with yarn. Really cute.

So when I want something a little different than the everyday solid color bargain flippers I DIY it. Today I took some $2 red flip flops and some left over rainbow yarn that I have had for who knows how long in my stash. The two become one into an awesome little pair of summer sandals, yarn flip flops! For this  project you will need:

  • Flip flops
  • Yarn
  • Scissors

Wrap a pair of flip flop straps with yarn. Really cute.

First take your yarn and cut off about 3-4 yards in length. Tie it onto one side of the plastic strap as closely as you can to the sole of the shoe. And say hi to my cat Marla, you can just barely make out her paw and whiskers!

Wrap a pair of flip flop straps with yarn. Really cute.

Pull your yarn so that you have a loop on one side of the strap as shown above.

Wrap a pair of flip flop straps with yarn. Really cute.

Start pulling the yarn through the loop to being forming a knot.

Wrap a pair of flip flop straps with yarn. Really cute.

As it starts to tighten you can see the knot a bit better.

Wrap a pair of flip flop straps with yarn. Really cute.

Pull as tightly as you can without distorting the plastic shape of the strap. Use your fingers to align the knot with all of the knots previous to the one you just tied.  If you don’t straighten as you go, the knots get kind of wonky. I figured I could come back and straighten them out and it just doesn’t work that way…

Wrap a pair of flip flop straps with yarn. Really cute.

You can see the yarn I’m working with. It’s a variegated rainbow type of yarn which is giving me these lovely stripes. Different yarns are going to produce different results…

Wrap a pair of flip flop straps with yarn. Really cute.

After you get going you’re going to realize that 3-4 yards of yarn pulled through a little loop takes forever. Talking For. Ev. Er. So I started to kind of ball up my yarn to pull through. Take more care than I did and you won’t have to unknot anything toward the end of this project.

Wrap a pair of flip flop straps with yarn. Really cute.

Repeat for both flip flops and you’ve got some awesome summer sandals that didn’t break the bank. In fact, my yarn wrapped flip flops cost me a whopping total of $2. And while they aren’t fancy and beaded they are incredibly cute and look a bit more sophisticated that bargain bin finds!

 

Comments (2)

  • Midsommarflicka

    August 15, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Ah, somehow your blog removed itself from my feedreader! And I was already wondering, why you didn’t post a thing… but now it’s back! :)

    These flip flops are really cute!
    And I get you – I never buy expensive ones… Instead I buy five in different colors, that’s much more fun ;)

    Love, Midsommarflicka

    1. Allison

      August 15, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      I’m so glad you can see the feed again, Mid – the blog changeover to WordPress has made a lot of things hinky and we’re still working out the bugs. But we’re getting there!

      And I totally hear you on the lots of colors! I always go for the bright cheap ones – the teals and purples and reds!

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