By: Kathleen Neafsey
When walking past a nearby shop, my daughter saw a cute pair of sandals in the window. They were really just a pair of flip flops with a bow and a gem on them. It’s been in the back of my mind to try and make a similar pair, and as luck would have it, JC Penney had their flip flops for $1 a pair! I bought a few colors, then headed over to Michael’s to see what ribbon they had to offer. Lo and behold, Michael’s had some of their ribbon on sale for $1 also! I chose a few rolls to coordinate with the sandals I’d bought, found some gems for decoration, and away we go!!
*Ribbon – the cheetah print one shown here is 3/8” wide, and the black and white flower print is 7/8” wide
*Gems, flowers, or other embellishments
1. Cut ribbon to approximately 36 inches in length. Depending on the width of the ribbon, this may be enough to cover one or both straps.
2. Place a small drop of glue on the outside of one strap. Press the end of the ribbon to the glue and let it set.
3. Wrap ribbon around that side of the strap, placing a dot of glue every inch or so till you get to the top. Start at the bottom and work your way towards the top/center of the sandal.
4. When you’ve reached the top, place a small drop of glue on the underside of the strap, and press the ribbon in place. Cut the ribbon, and continue the same process on the other strap.
5. For the center bow, cut two pieces of ribbon, about four inches long, and fold each in half to form a loop. Cross one on top of the other, and either glue or sew to hold them together.
6. Glue the gem into the center of the loops you’ve sewn together; then glue the loops in the center of the straps.
Voila! There you have it, unique summer sandals in under 30 minutes, and for less than $5! These would also be fun to make for a bridal party to use when they’re dancing the night away at your reception. Instead of using ribbon, why not glue on a few small flowers to match the color of the bridesmaid’s dresses? Or how about putting them in a goody bag at a child’s birthday party? There’s lots of fun ways to change this up, so have a blast!!
Fabri-Kate is a column running on Kate-book.com every other Tuesday. It is written by the crafty Kathleen Neafsey, who wields a mean pair of scissors (and glue gun). Follow her on Twitter @dbmomkat and look for a brand new craft next time