When I bought these $1 flip flops, I knew they would be a challenge to redo into a pair of shoes that I would actually wear.
A couple weeks ago, I was wandering around Joann’s with a spool of white cording waiting for my number to be called at the cut counter. I swear they are slow on purpose so that you end up buying more stuff. Anyway, I saw these… and inspiration hit… Zipper Flip Flops.
I am not going to lie, I have never actually sewed a zipper into anything before, they always seemed too intimidating for some reason. But make flip flops out of them? That I can do!
Mostly unzipped (like in the picture above) they just scream flip flop don’t they? The first step was to get them both zipped the same amount and hot glue the pull to the teeth underneath. To ensure that I (or my toddler) don’t move the zipper once the shoes are done. Then I folded the top tabs (top of picture above, or the bottom if you are picturing them in a pair of jeans) into a triangle such that the excess fabric was perpendicular to the zipper. I secured it with a few hand stitches.
The tab wasn’t nearly long enough to fit between my toes, so I added a few inches of navy blue bias tape to the end, hand stitching to secure it.
I stuck the zippers on my feet to see how they looked and discovered a problem. With the tails pointing out at an angle, the fabric right next to the pull buckled awkwardly. I fixed that problem by adding a little dart to each side of the zipper. Darts, they aren’t just for blouses anymore.
All that was left to do was thread the bias tape and the loose zipper ends into my pink flip flop soles. This time I hot glued the ends in place without any type of knot, and it worked just fine.
These flip flop redos just keep getting better…
I just love my zipper flip flops! If you have missed weeks 1-4 of my season of flip flops, click here to check them out.
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