Introduction: DIY Jean Flip-Flops
Hello everyone, today I will show you how to make these simple and comfortable, yet fashionable jean slippers. I work in the kitchen a lot, and things often get knocked over and spill, causing the floor to be a safety hazard when walking around with bare feet. I've tried to get some cheap 98 cent flip-flops that many supermarkets sell in the summer, as a solution to this problem, but as the foam flip-flops get worn down, they substantially lose their grip. Additionally, the cheap flip-flops aren't that comfortable to wear every day. Finding no apparent solution, I decided to make some myself by utilizing things I already have. These jean flip-flops have the strength and looks of blue jeans and can also create an impressive amount of traction on a wet kitchen floor. Best of all, you can create these at a very low or nearly no cost to you at all.
Step 1: Get Your Materials
To make these flip-flops, you will need:
- an old pair of jeans (that you are willing to cut up -of course)
- a pair of sharp scissors
- cheap 98 cent flip-flops with the straps removed so you are left with the sole only
- sewing needle
- thread (preferably dark blue)
- a marker (in a color that can be clearly seen if drawn on a pair of jeans)
- a piece of plastic (from an egg or fruit carton)
- a sewing machine
Step 2: Trace and Cut Out the Shapes
Before we start, flip the pair of jeans inside-out. This step is very important, or else the final product will be inside out and will look ridiculous.
Start by tracing the sole of the flip flop onto one "leg" of the jeans. When tracing, make sure to leave some wiggle room around the edges so it will make sliding the sole in a whole lot easier.
Next, carefully cut out the sole shapes through both layers of fabric, leaving at least 1 cm of space around the edge to accommodate for the space lost by the sewing and potential errors that may occur. So in the end, you will have 2 left soles, and 2 right soles.
Step 3: Sew the Two Parts Together
Then, sew the two pieces together remember leave the top quarter open so you can slide the sole in.
Step 4: Give Your Flip-flops a "sole"
Next, you flip the sole inside out and then slide the sole into it. Then, follow the pictures above to learn how to close the open side little by little so you can use the needle after to sew it shut.
Step 5: Making the Straps
Get the plastic piece and cut it as wide as you would like it to be. Then, round it around the front of your foot to measure how long the strap has to be, as shown in the images, and adjust it accordingly. The plastic piece is there to hold the lace up, so if you want to wear it, you can just slid your foot in, instead of trying to use your foot to lift the lace to get your foot in. After you find the right size, use it to trace on the jean and cut both layers out, like what you did to the sole. Make sure you need to leave at least 1 1/2 cm at both end so when you go sew it together, you don't have to force the needle through the plastic, giving you a painful finger and a lot of wasted time. (Note, even without forcing the needle through the plastic, getting the needle through the jean is hard enough, so feel free to use a thimble to help you.) Sew the two lace parts together (making sure to leave an end open) and flip it inside out. After doing that, slide the plastic pieces in and sew together the end, by first folding it like shown in the images above and then sewing it together with a needle.
Step 6: Putting on the Straps
Hold the strap to the side of the sole to find a location that you like (mine is placed about 1 1/2 inches from the top) and sew it together, making sure to note which side is up and which is down (I accidentally sewed the lace on the wrong side and spent a really long time fixing it). This is the hardest part and without a thimble, will leave your fingers crying in pain.
Step 7: Try It On!
After you are done, put them on and admire your new footwear. They're perfect!!!