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Apr 17

Weekly Flip Flop Redo: week 5

flipflopbann-01I’m not a big fan of pink. 

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.

pink flip flops

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.

jeans zipper

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!

two zippers Look closely, the two zippers I bought are actually slightly different. The perfectionist in me started to get really upset, then I smacked her.

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.

folded zipper

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.

long zipper

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. 

zipper dart

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…

zipper flip flop

zipper flip flop

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.

- Laura


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  1. Kegga

    I love these!!! You are amazing! Such a great idea :-)

  2. Cindy Eikenberg

    Laura, I saw these fabulous flip flops over at Live Laugh Rowe and just LOVE them! What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing them and have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    How creative are you?! I have never seen anything like these before, but they are so nifty, something tells me we might be seeing them on the runway someday soon because of how fashion-forward they are (I’ve probably been watching too much Project Runway, but seriously…they’re awesome). Thanks for your comment on my blog! Such a treat to come by and see all of the creative projects you’ve been up to.

    1. Laura

      Ha. Lauren, they might hit the runway if I figured out some way to attach 4 inch heels to them :) Thanks for stopping by and checking things out! I love your blog, by the way. Have a good one!

  4. PJ

    I feel so inspired and I am totally doing this.

    1. Laura

      I am so glad, PJ! Please let me know how they come out!

  5. Six Sisters/My Recipe Magic

    Hi Laura, These are so stinkin cute!! What a fun idea. Thanks for sharing this on our Strut Your Stuff Saturday link party. We hope you’ll be back with more fun ideas. Have a great weekend and thanks again for stopping by!! -The Six Sisters

    1. Laura

      Well thank you all for hosting an awesome party, I will be back!

  6. amy @ one artsy mama

    Oh my gosh! What a clever idea! I totally want a pair of these now. And I love how you slapped the perfectionist in your head…can you do that for mine too? :)
    Thanks for entering One Crafty Contest!

    1. Laura

      Thanks Amy! I am so excited to watch the contest unfold, whether I get to play or not (although I hope I do!). Be careful when you assault your inner perfectionist, sometimes she slaps back!

  7. Michelle

    WOW! I love your creativity! These are sooo cute! and as my daughter just told me zippers are in, cant wait to try this :) Michelle

    1. Laura

      Well look at me being all fashion forward. Just kidding, I knew about the zipper craze. But, I am glad that you liked them, and I hope you give ‘em a try!

  8. onel

    This is brilliant! The use of zipper is just perfect!

    1. Laura

      Thanks Onel! They are a lot of fun. Thanks for stopping by (and pinning).

  9. anne

    Hi these are so gorgeous, I will make some for my daughter. Just wondering if the zipper gets a bit irritating on the skin after a while. ( she has v sensitive skin)

    1. Laura

      Hi Anne. Yes the zipper might rub her feet a bit. Here are a couple suggestions to minimize the problem. You could use a plastic zipper, you could put some hot glue on the underside of the zipper teeth, or you could add a ribbon to the underside of the zipper that would prevent the zipper teeth from coming in direct contact with her feet. Please let me know what you decide to do. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Meari

    Interesting concept, but how do you keep the zipper teeth from digging into the tops of your feet after extended wear?

    1. Laura

      Meari, you bring up a very good point, thanks for asking. The first time I put them on they were uncomfortable… and I was sad. But, as time has gone on I have become used to them (like you would any pair of sandals that rub a bit). I did consider (and I think it would work) carefully adding a line of hot glue right under the exposed teeth. The hot glue should prevent the sharp part from coming in direct contact with your feet. Alternatively, if you made these with a plastic zipper, they wouldn’t be as sharp. If you have any other ideas, I would love to hear them.

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