I wanted a pair of simple, comfy summer shoes; I had a pair of old flip flops that were fraying and had pokey sequins. My mom had a bag of cloths we were about to donate so I had a nice selection of old t-shirts to choose from for the straps.
2. How did you make it?
I got the idea for this flip flop refashion and also instructions for the five strand braid from Make It, Love It (http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2011/07/flip-flop-refashion-part-1-braided-straps.html). However, when I was laying the straps on my feet, I found that having a single wide strap going up the top of my foot was more flattering than the traditional V shaped design.
3. Where did you make it?
I was all set up in my living room, ready to finish them in one go, but at 11 pm, I decided to leave it for the next day. Surprisingly, the second shoe went by much faster than the first one, probably because I had to figure out how to style the straps and connect all them together for the first shoe.
4.What did you learn?
Honestly, the hardest part was trying to stuff the fabric into the foam. Getting my superglued fingers unstuck was a close second. The most rewarding part was the fancy-smanchy five strand braid which was actually really easy and came out really well. If I were to do this again, I would start out with new, or at least cleaned, flip flops... the bottoms of the ones I worked with were kinda dusty and icky. I would also make my own soles out of leather so that the shoes look more streamlined and gladiator-like.
So let's begin!
In a nut shell:
(knot * glue) [ (flip flops - the plastic straps) + old t-shirt (cut * braid) ] = comfy strappy braided sandals
Materials and Tools Needed:
scissors for fabric
Step 1: Make the Straps
2. Snip one end of the loops so that you get long strips.
3. Pull on the strips to make them look stringy.
Step 2: Some Fancy 5 Strand Braiding
2. Look at the three strips to the left side and pretend you're just braiding normally. Braid once.
(Translation: Pass the left-most strip -- aka Strip #1 -- over Strip #2 and then under Strip #3.)
3. Now take what used to be Strip #1 and push it to the right to make a group of three strips.
4. Now braid these three on the right once.
(Translation: Take the right-most strip and bring it over the one beside it and under ex-Strip #1)
5. Repeat until your braid goes a little longer than the distance from your big-toe crack to your ankle.
Step 3: Braid -- Normally
Step 4: Two Strand Knotting
1. Take one strand and pretend it's a stick. Keep it straight like one as you knot the other strand around it.
2. Take your other strand and cross it over the "stick" so there's a loop on the left.
3. Bring the strand under the knitting needle and pull the it through the loop.
Step 5: Connect the Ankle Braids
What I did was put the two strands next to each other, parallel and all, then wrapped a scrap piece of fabric around them, secured with dots of superglue.
Step 6: Prep Flip Flops
Step 7: Stuff the Main Braid Into the Foam
Step 8: Make Supporting Straps
Make two of these:
1. Braid three short-ish strands together.
2. Go until they reach from your ankle loop to the foam hole when you are wearing the sandals.
3. Now cut off excess so you have a fringe at both ends of the braid.
Step 9: Stuff the Ankle Straps Into the Foam
Now turn the shoe over and knot the little fringey ends together. I feel like if you take strands opposite each other and knot them, going around until you get 3 mini-knots creates an overall flatter knot than if you tried to tie them all together -- and you don't want huge bumby knots under your shoe... it'll feel like you're walking on rocks.
Put a dot of superglue on each of the knots and snip off the excess fabric.