Introduction: Tatted Barefoot Sandals

Picture of Tatted Barefoot Sandals

If you've mastered the tatted flower instructable and the Fluerette necklace, you have all the skills you need to make these barefoot sandals.

These sandals use the same pattern as The Queen's Feet Barefoot sandals available in my etsy shop.

You will need basic needle tatting experience easily learned in my other instructables including the double stitch(ds), picots(p), rings(r), chains(ch) and joining as well as Josephine chains and basic crochet.

This design uses size 10 crochet cotton,  a size 5 tatting needle and a size 7 or 8 crochet hook.

The laws of Copyright Protection permit this tutorial to be used for personal use only. Reselling for profit is prohibited.

Step 1: The Center Clover

Picture of The Center Clover

Make two center rings, one for each sandal:

The pattern is 4 rings of 5ds, p, 3ds, 9p sep by 3ds, p, 5ds close join each ring together by the 1st and 11th picot.

To join the first and fourth rings together for the center motif, first I make the last ring up to the final join, then I pull those stitches off the needle being careful to not pull the thread all the way through. Then I use a crochet hook to make the join and work the last stitches. Pull those stitches through, finish and close the ring. See the photos for details.

Step 2: The Corner Motifs

Picture of The Corner Motifs

Next you will make six corner motifs, three for each sandal. These will be attached while tatting the body of the design and are used to add the crochet ties and the toe loop.

The pattern for each is:

R 6ds p, 3 ds 4 picots sep by 3ds, 3ds cl do not reverse
R 3ds join to last p of previous ring, 3ds 7 p sep by 3ds, 3ds cl do not reverse
R 3ds join to last p of previous ring, 3ds 3 p sep by 3ds, 3 ds p, 6ds close, tie and cut

Step 3: The Toe Loop

Picture of The Toe Loop

Make two toe loops, each attached to a corner motif.

The pattern for each is:

Ring 3ds, 6 p sep by 3ds, 3ds close, joining to previous ring by center two picots, close rw
Josephine Ring of 160 stitches or as many as needed to make large enough loop, tie and cut.

See video for tips on Josephine knots.

Step 4: The Main Body

Picture of The Main Body

Make two main motifs attaching corner motifs as you work, see pictures for the attachment points for each corner motif before starting as they are not listed in the pattern.

The pattern for both is:

R 3ds p 3ds p 3ds join to the 3rd free picot before the join of the center ring, 8ds cl do not reverse, *R 8ds join to 3rd free picot of next center ring, 3ds p 3 ds p 3ds cl rw
Ch 6ds p 3ds p 3ds cl rw
R 3ds p 3ds join to 2nd p of last ring, 3ds join to next p of center ring, 3ds p 3ds p 3ds cl rw
Ch 3ds 6 p sep by 3 ds, 3 ds cl rw
R 3ds p 3ds p 3ds, skip next picot and join to the next picot of the center ring, 3ds p 3ds p 3ds cl rw
Ch 3ds p 3ds p 6ds cl rw
R 3ds p 3ds, skip one picot of last ring, join to next picot, 3ds join to next picot of center ring, 8ds cl do not reverse
Repeat from * around.

Step 5: The Straps

Picture of The Straps

I crochet my straps after a tatted ring attached to the corner motifs ending in another tatted ring. If you prefer you may skip this step and instead simply tie a ribbon to each corner motif to tie on your sandals.

The instructions for crocheted straps are:

R 3ds 6 picots sep by 3ds, 3ds close joining to the corner ring at the center 2 picots, tie, do not cut, but hide the needle thread in the ring.
Begin crochet chain with the working thread of approx. 160 stitches at the close of the ring. Make chain shorter or longer for size or look. At the end of chain make R 3ds 6 p sep by 3ds, 3ds close, tie and cut.

Note that the final ring is worked by cutting the thread a couple of feet from the end and tatting with the tail at the end of the crochet. Then thread the needle and pull the thread through without putting your needle through the thread ring. It will pull into a ring by itself.


Bluewings (author)2016-10-05

I've just finished one sandal, so stoked as I'm a total beginner… I've just realised I still have another one to do, hopefully I'll get quicker, I've already been at it for two days haha.
Thanks so much for this gorgeous pattern, all of your projects are wonderful!!

TotusMel (author)Bluewings2016-10-05

Good job and thanks so much!

ForrestL4 (author)2016-04-25

Hello! I was wondering if you could tell me where to add in the other peices? Im having trouble even with pictures :/

PaulineI (author)2016-03-19

i wish there were a youtube tutorial makes it soooooo much easier to follow and succeed in making its such a beautiful patter but im new to tatting and im not that good at foloowing written patterns

MelissaS36 (author)2015-09-01

I've tried this one 1000000000 times....... still can't get it all right.

becsbeachfeet (author)2015-08-19

Beautiful design! It looks pretty involved. I think I'll stick to beaded barefoot sandals.

CarolOsterhoudt (author)2015-03-25

So I should go completely around the clover?

CarolOsterhoudt (author)2015-03-24

I'm doing something wrong, but what? Please help????

TotusMel (author)CarolOsterhoudt2015-03-25

You appear to be joining the ring to one of the small motifs not the center motif. See the step 4 photos to see where the join should be.

BR1996 (author)2015-03-12

bwall5 made it! (author)2014-07-22

My first attempt. :)

TotusMel (author)bwall52014-07-27

Lovely work, congrats!

Melviria (author)2014-04-06

finally got around to making these. I originally started shuttle tatting years ago self taught from one of my mother's books but now currently enjoying learning and using needle tatting. I absolutely love TotusMel's designs Thank you for the awesome patterns and tutorials!!<3

sarahlynnmurphy (author)2013-06-26

Wow! Totally adorable!

cvillarreal1 (author)2013-06-26

So very confused on the main body part. I can't tell from the pictures where to join the other parts. Ugh

'rogers (author)2013-05-19

Hi I was wanting to make these but as I'm new to needle tatting I was wanting to know how long a tail do I have to leave please.

TotusMel (author)'rogers2013-05-19

I'm afraid I never actually measure except with my arm and just go on instinct. Each section of these is going to need different lengths. This step maybe twice a hands length, but the main piece maybe twice forearm length. I know it's not precise.
Adding thread if you don't start with enough is easy though, just tie a knot after a ring and hide ends. re-thread your needle and run it through the tatting under the knot and you're ready to start again.

PitStoP (author)2013-04-29

That's beautiful!

bminer (author)2012-12-02

I specifically taught myself to tat to make these. I'm using black sparkly thread. Everyone needs sparkly feet!

Tyri (author)2012-07-26

I am trying really hard to understand how to do the 4 ring part. Is there a video tutorial for this portion?
In the first picture I see the 5ds then is that where you pick up thread thru the picot? and if so do you skip doing a picot at that point? I did a picot and keep getting large gaps there.

TotusMel (author)Tyri2012-07-27

Sorry, I do not have a video of this part. If you check out the comment I replied to right before yours I tried to answer the same question about joining the last picot to the first.

jeditrish (author)2012-07-08

I keep getting stuck at finishing off the 4-ring center clover. I can't seem to understand how you close the final ring. I seem to have fumbled my way to making it look like yours but I just couldn't fathom how you used a crochet hook to do the last 5 stitches. Maybe I just don't understand crochet, which I know to be true, I'm not understanding how those last 5 stitches end up on the needle to have the tail thread pulled through if you're using a crochet hook to make them.

TotusMel (author)jeditrish2012-07-09

You only use the crochet hook to pull the working thread through the joining picot and place it on the needle. Once the working thread is on the needle you work the last stitches on the needle, put the needle through the loop left from pulling through the first batch of stitches and finish pulling through the core thread and you should have a ring joined at both sides.

It is a little difficult to do and takes some practice to get, but I hope that helped a bit.

jeditrish (author)TotusMel2012-07-13

Oh good, then I did do it right :)

splatterpunked (author)2012-02-01

I'm very appreciative of you posting the pattern and instructions for these lovely sandals. I learned tatting just because I saw these and wanted them! lol Here is my first attempt at them .... =)

TotusMel (author)splatterpunked2012-02-02

Lovely! Thanks for sharing.

beckywlms (author)2012-01-18

how in the world do you get the pdf to download.

TotusMel (author)beckywlms2012-01-21

I believe the pdf option is a Pro only option...though I could be wrong.

TanjaQ (author)2011-08-14

Wow, can't wait to make these!

htonks (author)2011-07-21

Love this- but no idea what tatting is :D

smccarty (author)2011-07-19

PLEASE upload a tutorial on youtube??

TotusMel (author)smccarty2011-07-20

I thought about doing so, I'm afraid these ones take way too long to make a video of their entire creation.

mdeblasi1 (author)2011-03-13

What's that????
The sound of a thousand foot fetishists suddenly, simultaneously, becoming apoplectic.

kiete5 (author)mdeblasi12011-04-29

Too true, too true. It helps that she has such beautiful, clean feet though. Makes this 'able alot more intriguing...

chaitanyak (author)2011-03-14

wow thats really beautiful!
i tried knitting and crochet a long time ago.. so i know this requires talent and patience :)

dragonbtv (author)2011-03-14

a woman with dexterous hands is more sexy

canida (author)2011-03-14

Those are gorgeous!

TotusMel (author)2011-03-14

Thanks so much for the compliments everyone! I hope you enjoy making these!

paiwayne (author)2011-03-13

Wau! So beautiful.

americangirlhood (author)2011-03-13

Wow, I had seen tatting done at county fairs by Amish women, but never thought to take up the craft until I saw this!

dzheleznyak (author)2011-03-13

SeXy feet.

retired2AZ (author)2011-03-13

Oh, you really mean tatted. I was afraid they were tattooed when I saw the title! Nice work.

maxm2820 (author)2011-03-13

Wow, you are beyond talented. I have to say that your stuff is probably the first time I have been able to point to something and say "I would love to give/receive that as a gift. there are only so many scarves and amigurumi people need after all! :) Thank you for helping me thing outside of the box!!! :) :)

glaisin (author)2011-03-13

Tres jolie! Nice LSTs(Long Second Toes), too!

CraftingLoveAroundYou (author)2011-03-13

i love your work. Thanks to you I have been teaching myself how to needle tat and even bought some real tatting needles online and some pattern books.

One question I have though, is how do you come up with your patterns?

Many, but not all of my patterns are based on antique and vintage patterns and I change them to suit my needs. In fact the main motif for these came from a chair cover. You can find many old patterns at

cheesepuff04 (author)2011-03-13

Wow, sexy.

Rossyta (author)2011-03-11

Hey, first of all what a wonderful work you do! I have always liked this kind of things I can say that I'm good at knitting but I've never ever known how to make the needle tatting, it's very confusing for me to understand since I am not an English speaker and there's special vocabulary for knitting which I don't understand. So I'll still trying as hard as I can to get it.

Thank you so much for your instructable.

TheRoaringNacho (author)2011-03-11

I've been lookin for a good pattern for these, and this is just the ticket. Awesome!
Can't wait til the pattern tans onto the top of my feet... heheh

Lithium Rain (author)2011-03-10

Wow, how pretty! Bookmarked as something to try when I get a chunk of free time. :)

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