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Topic: Cheap flip-flop refashion with mini tute  (Read 3978 times)
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« on: June 06, 2013 03:07:21 PM »

Around this time of year, tons of stores are selling rubber and plastic flip-flops for $1-5, but the plastic part that goes over your feet hurts me.  Like, a lot.  I have scars from the last time I attempted to wear ones with the plastic.  A couple of years ago, I started grabbing up a couple of pairs a year and refashioning them.  Sometimes I cover the plastic, sometimes I remove it and replace it with something else.  Here is my first pair this year.  For this, I wrapped the plastic so it doesn't make contact with my foot.

For this project, I used strips of scrap fabric, and this stuff I found.  I've tried to use hot glue in the past, but it didn't work very well.  This stuff seems to hold pretty well after the 24 hour cure time.

First, take a little bit of your scrap fabric.  Cut it down so it is no taller than the toe part, but long enough that you can wrap it a few times, but not too many.  If you wrap the fabric around the toe too many times, it will be too wide to fit between your toes comfortable.  Use a bit of the glue/adhesive (you should probably use gloves for this) to attach the end of the fabric, wrap tightly around, and add more glue underneath the end.  I also took a Q-tip and rubbed some of the glue across where the fabric ended to tack down the edge.

Next, you are going to attach the end of a long strip of fabric to the end of where the plastic foot portion starts.  Tack down with glue the same way you did the toe.

Start wrapping around the plastic foot portion, making sure you overlap a little each time you go around.  Keep the wrapping tight.  When you get to the end, tack it down with the glue underneath the ending edge, and a little more over the top to get the edge where the wrapping ends.  If you'd like, add a bow, flower, or other embellishments.


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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2013 03:13:07 PM »

Love this. I have problems with the cheap ones hurting as well. I should try this. Thanks for sharing.
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