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Transform your old slippers..
My only "elegant" flip flops are too old and hurt my poor feet, but I have no money to spend in shopping.
So I decided to recycle these flip flops and create a more glamorous pair.

I want make a very comfortable slippers, so I chose the felt as the sole of the slipper (because it's very soft and easy to work) and I carefully worked the strips of fabric: inside the strips I put a strip of "adhesive fabric" and a strip of cotton fabric to make them more resistant and soft and doesn't hurt the foot.
This is my personal choice. Steps 6,7 and 8 are not obligatory :)

Notice: the "adhesive fabric" is a fabric with an adhesive side and you glue it to another fabric with hot iron. It's used by dressmakers to make more rigid and resistant the fabrics but I don't know the technical term in english, so I call it "adhesive fabric". I'm sorry!

Posted by pavlov from Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy • Published See pavlov's 10 projects »
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  • How to make a sandal / flip flop. Recycle Old Flip Flops - Step 1
    Step 1

    Remove the old strips from the slippers

  • How to make a sandal / flip flop. Recycle Old Flip Flops - Step 2
    Step 2

    If the sole is damaged, repair with the glue and let dry

  • How to make a sandal / flip flop. Recycle Old Flip Flops - Step 3
    Step 3

    On the transparent paper draw the outline of the sole, but a little smaller

  • How to make a sandal / flip flop. Recycle Old Flip Flops - Step 4
    Step 4

    cut the shape on the felt and mark the spots where the strips will be sewn

  • How to make a sandal / flip flop. Recycle Old Flip Flops - Step 5
    Step 5

    spiked a strip on the spot between the two toes of the foot. Measure the length of the strip to be sewn on the sole.

  • How to make a sandal / flip flop. Recycle Old Flip Flops - Step 6
    Step 6

    I made a graphic that explains how I created and organized the stripes.
    Inside each strip, I stuck 0.6 inch of adhesive fabric. Then I sewed 1 inch of cotton fabric.

    I chose to do this because I want resistant stripes but also comfortable for the skin.

  • How to make a sandal / flip flop. Recycle Old Flip Flops - Step 7
    Step 7

    These are the photos.
    It's not important that the adhesive strips and the cottono strips are perfect.

  • How to make a sandal / flip flop. Recycle Old Flip Flops - Step 8
    Step 8

    Here's the graphic and the photo of how the strip should be folded, hiding inside the two strips (adhesive and cotton). The zig zag remain outside.

    The folded strip is about 0.6 inch and is sewn next to the zig zag stitching.

  • How to make a sandal / flip flop. Recycle Old Flip Flops - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now that the strip is ready, sew it at the point marked between the two toes.
    Measure 8/10 inch and join the two strips with single seam.

    Sew the strips at all points marked on the shape of felt.

  • How to make a sandal / flip flop. Recycle Old Flip Flops - Step 10
    Step 10

    Glue the felt to the sole of the flip flop and let dry.

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geraldine
geraldine
Sorry! There is also "fusible interfacing" which is just the fusible web itself. IT can be bought by the metre/yard or on small rolls from 1/2" to 1" wide.
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geraldine
geraldine
Best tutorial I've ever seen. The technical term is "woven fusible interfacing" and it's used on non-knit fabrics.
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geraldine
geraldine
Best tutorial I've ever seen. The 'technical' term is "woven fusible interfacing" and it's used on non-knit fabrics.
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Elle
Elle · Daphne, Alabama, US · 6 projects
Wow! These are sooooo amazing! Such a unique and creative idea! I have so many flip flops that I can do this with! Thank you!
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Gabrielle
Gabrielle · 7 projects
so imaginative, and such clear instructions - I've got ridiculously small feet, and these satisfy my urge for new shoes! thanks for making my day!
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Pastru
Pastru
OMG! really love your idea Happy
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~L~
~L~ · Louisville, Kentucky, US · 1 project
these are hot! like the last reader im inspired...you may see me do a version of this.

I have a Fashion DIY link party every week on my blog.
check it out and link this up
~L~
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Apricot
Apricot · Sacramento, California, US
Oh my god... i love this! Im so inspired Happy
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unicornbacon
unicornbacon
hell yes! you've inspired me to muck about with some old flojos. i see studs in their future.
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pavlov
pavlov · Bergamo, Lombardy, IT · 10 projects
what a shame!
I slept under the sun wearing my flip flops and this was the result..yes I'm stupid ..
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