DIY Summer Sandals

Monday, June 13, 2011

Refashioning, and creating clothing garments can be fairly straight forward, but when it comes to making or fixing up a pair of shoes, this can be tricky, and often left to the experts.

Then along came a brilliant idea via Kathrin of Annekata.blogspot, creating her own DIY summer sandal tutorial, made from recycled flip flops and jersey t-shirt fabric:

A full list of materials used:

- flip flops (preferably used)
- scissors
- piece of chalk or marker
- craft knife
- heavy duty waterproof glue
- recycled t-shirts
- screw driver
- flat butter knife or thin plastic ruler to stuff fabric into the soles. (Not shown)
- clamps (or heavy books)

Before (left) & After (right)

Kathrin shares her DIY sandal project via an easy to follow tutorial found here.

Kathrin's idea has already encouraged others to try out this crafty recycled shoe, with another 'gladiator' variation found here c/o pounce!:

Pretty nifty eh? How wonderful to see such a practical, comfortable, and relatively straight forward project to reuse two garments that are in abundance; t-shirts and rubber flip-flops. So many used flip-flops (aka thongs or jandals) and t-shirts can be found on the thrift. I can't wait to experiment with some of my own next summer.

By the way, thanks to everyone participating in our first Recycled Fashion Finds link up, I love seeing what you've all thrifted, refashioned and created. The link remains open until the end of the week if you would like to participate, with Recycled Fashion Finds #2 to follow!


Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Wow - these are seriously impressive!

Rachel - Firebird said...

These are fantastic!

RosMari Brand said...

Brilliant!! I love them!!

Anonymous said...

Most excellent efforts - shame in northern england we have little use for flip flops... woudl be wrong to buy some just to make sandals....shame

Eeek - blogger playing up and won't let me post under my profile frugal rural existence thanks dave"

Something Else said...

Great shoes! I'll be uploading my recycled find as soon as it comes back from the dry cleaners so I can photograph it. LOVE that red coat too. Nothing like a duffle coat.

my thrifty closet said...

that's an awesome link. Thanks for sharing!


Anonymous said...

Brilliant. Love them.

Julie said...

I'm trying to find the actual tutorial for these, is there one available? I would like to see how the bottom part is done. Almost looks like you use two sets of the exact same flip flops... or does the material just wrap on the bottom? Thanks!

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Julie said...

Oh, just spotted the link for the tutorial. Thanks!


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