Thursday, March 31, 2011

Making Flip Flops with Interchangeable Bows

Don't ya just love little girls in flip flops?  I do.  I check all of E's clothes and my fabrics and try to get matching flip flops from Old Navy.  2 for $5!  You just can't beat that.  She does have a few cute pairs of sandals for summer, but we do love our flip flops! 

I have seen lots of cute flip flops with bows and embellishments on them that sell for as much as $35.  Seriously?  Um, I don't think so.  So, with a quick explanation how-to from my friend Teresa, I decided to make my own for E.  The best part is that you can change out the bow for different outfits. 

This is some of the fabric I got last week that I ordered from SewMamaSew.  I found this ribbon yesterday at HL and obviously the shoes are from Old Navy. 

I know some of y'all are really good bow makers.  I am NOT!  In fact, I'm pretty terrible at it.  I'm all thumbs.  So, just pretend that my bows turned out good.  There are many tutorials online for how-to or you can buy bows on etsy.  If you're on the hunt for cute bows, my friend Xazmin makes some really cute stuff.  Anyway, here is my bow with my alligator clip attached on the back.

The next step is to add the ribbon to the flip flops to attach the bow to.  This is where I just winged it.  It turned out alright, but I wish I had done a little research before I started this step.  I used 1" ribbon to attach to the flip flops and I used hot glue.  It turned out alright, but next time I'll follow this tutorial using smaller ribbon and E6000.  Maybe then I wouldn't have burned my finger. 

So, you wanna see?

I think they're pretty cute, even if I'm not a good bow maker.  I really love that they only cost around $4.50.  Flip flops were $2.50 and the ribbon is 50% off at HL this week so it was $2 and I didn't use much of the roll.  There is still plenty left for a hair bow.  $4.50 is much better than $35!  I'll show you the matching outfit next week. 

Have a great Thursday!

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  1. Now that just takes the, love, LOVE it! I wouldn't mind a pair of those myself! Tanya...I think you need your own show. Martha Stewart would be so jealous!

  2. These are so cute! I'll have to give these a try for my daughter. I know she'll love them. I love flip flops too! Thanks for sharing

  3. Those are adorable!! And I love that you can change them to match any outfit!

    I may have to make some 'grown-up' ones for me!!!

  4. VERY cute! I love to see a girl all dudded up with outfits and matching shoes or socks. It just makes me smile. I can picture your little E with her fancy schmancy matching shoes.

  5. Too cute! I may have to try this!

  6. very cute! Don't you just love a hot glue gun :)

  7. So cute! My daughter would love this! She wears flip flops all summer long...the only problem is her toes and nails are always all beat up from being exposed and getting stubbed, etc.

  8. LOVE!!! I can see I need to head to Old Navy pronto for some flip flops for the girls. I think you did a great job. :)

  9. So quick & Easy! Cute! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! xox!

  10. SO Cute!!! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Cara @

  11. Oh my gosh those are ADORABLE!!! Love em!

  12. Thanks for stopping by! I have had this in my craft pipeline for years. I need to do this for summer! :) Thanks for sharing!

  13. Thanks for the shout-out! It totally makes up for you making these cute flip-flops, and showing everyone else how to do it! I'm just getting ready to list ribbon flip-flops on my site!

    But not for $35!

    They turned out WAY cute...I love 'em!

  14. Those are so flip-floppin' cute!!! :)

  15. These are so adorable. My second daughter would go crazy for these!