Turn Your Jeans Into Earth Friendly Sandals




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In these hard times, you can count on me to show you ways to both save money and continue to be stylish. One such way is to turn an old pair of jeans into a fun pair of sandals. These are cheap, easy to make, earth friendly and most importantly, cute.

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Step 1: Materials

You will need:

1. A pair of jeans
2. Cardboard
3. Cushiony batting

Step 2: Tools

Tools you will need:

1. Sewing Machine
2. Scissors
3. Thread
4. A needle
5. A pen
6. A pair of flip flops

Step 3: Make a Template

Use your flip flops to trace a template onto two pieces of cardboard.

Cut out the template when you are done.

Step 4: Mark the Jeans and Cut

Take your jeans and cut off the ends of each pant leg so that they are a few inches longer than your cardboard cutouts.

Flip the cut off pant leg inside out and then use the cardboard pieces to trace an outline in the center of the fabric.

Cut around the outline, leaving a half inch border. This should leave you with a top and bottom piece of fabric for each foot.

Step 5: Sew Around..

With your sewing machine, sew 3/4 of the way around the fabric, using the trace line as a guide.

Be sure to leave a hole large enough to insert your cardboard and batting.

Step 6: Cut Out the Batting

Use your cardboard to trace outlines onto the batting.

Once you have traced the outline, next you have to cut them out.

Step 7: Put All Together and Sew Around

Flip the sandal fabric so that the right side is facing out.

Insert the cardboard and batting into the sandal fabric and sew the fabric shut.

Step 8: Cut Around the Pockets

Cut around the back pockets of your jeans.

Step 9: Put All Together and Sew

Slip the front of the sandal into the pocket. The outside (and more ornate) part of the pocket will be the top of the sandal.

Sew around the front edge of the sandal so that you firmly attach it to the pocket.

Also, sew along the underside of the sandal to close the bottom of the pocket and keep it from catching on things while you walk.

Step 10: Admire

Admire your cute new pair of sandals. Go take them for a walk.

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    15 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    hi I made a pair for myself and they turned out great. I did mine a little differently though. I decided to add an ankle strap to them, which was a little difficult for me. These were the first sandals I've ever made. Anyway, great instructable!


    this looks really cool and i have tons of old jeand lying around will definetley try this out.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    hi no I wont fall as it is stitched well from all the sides and below also. I must tell you, I m using it in the house and it too comfy also as i used double foam sheets :)


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea to repurpose jeans. I will use something else instead of cardboard for the inserts though. Around where I live, we have all kinds of voting signs that end up being trash when the voting times are over. Most of these signs are made out of plastic that is made in 3 layers just like corrugated cardboard. I will used these plastic voting signs for my inserts in place of the cardboard. That way, they will be washable too!

    1 reply

    That is such an awesome idea. We have tonnes of those voting signs here in Canada as well, and they all just go to waste...


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome project, great reuse, great instructable! 5 from me especially important because: Cotton is one of the most ecologically DISASTEROUS materials man creates - why? you ask...because of the incredibly virulent pests that attack cotton fields. They're so resistant to a LOT of pesticides, that growers must use some of the nastiest chemicals imaginable on cotton so it survives to 'fruit' the end product.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    You're kind of a serious babe. Can you come up with a "for him" alternative?


    Hmm... I got to make me some for the polished wood floors, except I might make them from those polishing cloths, maybe silk...

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    They do sell those booties made from some tightly woven synthetic. Dust the floor with some talcum powder and you can practice your cross country skiing or speed skating...


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I've been told ladies perspire and don't sweat. You could make the liner thing out of a cut up old flexible plastic 3-ring binder cover instead of cardboard, maybe even pop in some rivets at the stress points for authentic jeans.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I think thats "spices" of natural foot sweat. It would be considered compost. btw, nice instructable


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Won't the cardboard "melt" under the fine auspices of natural foot sweat?