After buying some new cheap flip flops, I was looking for a way to spice them up a little more while still keeping them light and functional. By making cloth straps I was able to increase the comfort of the shoes while still giving them an extra cool look.
Step 1: Supplies
Here are what are needed to make fabric flip flop straps
Step 2: Cut the Fabric
Start by laying out the fabric for cutting
I had my fabric folded in half so that when I cut my strips of fabric there would be two layers, giving more stability to the final shoe
Start by cutting two strips of fabric about 3" wide and 24" long. This piece will be used for the piece that wraps around the side of the foot.
Then cut two strips of fabric 3" wide and 12" long. This piece will be used to as the toe piece.
Step 3: Sew Strips of Fabric Together.
Like I said before, My fabric was folded when I cut it so I had double the fabric. I wanted to make sure that the shoe would hold up after numerous wear and tear on the shoe.
If you decide to double the fabric, the next step would be to sew the two strips together.
Start by sewing down the long end of one side of the strip. Repeat this stitch on the other side of the fabric. When both sides are sewn, you can flip the fabric so the right side of the fabric is facing out and the seams of the fabric are tucked on the inside.
Repeat this for all 4 strips of fabric
Step 4: Attach to Shoe
Now its time to replace the rubber pieces of the fabric with the new fabric straps.
Start by cutting away all the rubber straps. The easiest way to do this is to cut as close to the shoe as possible.
Then take one of the 12" pieces of fabric and tie the two ends together to form a loop. Make sure the knot is tight.
Feet the looped side of the fabric through the uppermost hole on the flip flop.
Take the longer piece of fabric and tie a knot one one side, then feed the fabric through one of the holes in the back of the shoe (from the bottom of the shoe), through the fabric loop at the top of the shoe, and back down through the other hole at the back of the shoe.
Once the fabric is completely fed through, tie a knot at the other end of the fabric. This will hold the straps together and keep them on the sole of the shoe
Step 5: Wear
Now its time to wear your shoes! I really enjoy having fabric straps over the rubber straps, They are lighter and much more flexible. Plus they add a little color and personality to a once bland flip flop.