Outrageously Comfy (and ridiculously simple) DIY Sling Sandals
Last summer I bought a pair of name brand sling sandals that I fell head over heels in love with (pun totally intended!). I paid a premium for them, and I had just one color combo as that was all that was in stock in my size, but I wore them almost everyday from April to October. They definitely started to show the wear and tear of a long summer of chasing after my kiddos. As I started to think about ordering a new pair for this summer, I decided that maybe I should try my hand at making my own DIY version first. A quick trip to the craft store and about ten minutes of work yielded me a near perfect replica of my beloved sling sandals. And the best part was that I can make as many color combos as I want because these babies cost me a measly $2.75 per pair! What the what?! Yep, time to stock up on fun new flip flops!
pair of flip flops (I bought mine from my local dollar store, they had a great selection of fun colors)
1/4 yard of stretch knit fabric (will have leftovers)
With old scissors that you don’t mind ruining, cut top pieces off of flip flop, so you are left with only the sole of the shoe.
Cut two strips of knit fabric at 5″ wide by 22″ long and two strip at 5″ wide by 11″ long.
Starting with a 5″ by 22″ piece, fold into thirds lengthwise. Wrap around the back of your heel and tie a knot near your big toe. Push excess fabric through the top hole in flip flop sole and tie a knot on bottom. Push knot into indentation in the bottom of the sole.
Using a 5″ by 11″ piece of fabric, wrap around the top of your foot and insert each end into holes on sides of sole. Tie a small knot on bottom of sole, making sure that the fabric is taught, not tight on your foot. Again, tuck the knot into the indentation on bottom of sole.
Repeat on the other shoe.
Here is a quick video shot by my darling eight year old daughter, Grace, showing the process in greater detail.
This is such a simple project that yields some super awesome flip flopping results. I picked up each and every great color and patterned knit that I could find at my local store. There is always more room in my closet for flip flops!
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