Saturday, June 14, 2014

Crafty: Flip Flop Button Embellishment DIY

Flip flops are the quintessential summer footwear. They can be kicked off in an instant to enjoy warm grass, sand, or water on your tootsies. Even though they are basically disposable, I don't want them to look that way.

I bought a cheap gold pair of sandals from Target, but they needed a little more pizazz. I debated between vintage buttons from my collection, but a pair of brass owls from JoAnn's clearance bins won out. Grab any buttons you have on hand for mix-and-match fun, or pick up new buttons (don't forget to get a coupon from; they always have 40-50% off). This is a great kids craft since it only takes basic sewing skills.

I just added one central button on each, but you could add a row up each strap, string beads and sew them on, or even punch holes on the sides and add charms. If your flip flops have thick rubber or leather straps, you may need a thimble and pliers to force the needle through.

Nitty Gritty

  • Flip flops
  • Sewing thread (heavy duty or jeans is best, but you can use doubled up standard sewing thread)
  • Buttons
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thimble (optional but helpful)
  • Pliers (optional but helpful)
  1. Arrange your buttons so they won't rub on your feet when you put your flip flops on. I almost sewed mine on too tightly and they would have been so uncomfortable!
  2. Thread your needle with one 24" length of heavy duty thread or two lengths of regular sewing thread. Tie a knot 3-4" from the tail.
  3. It's hard to describe sewing-I'll do my best but please look at the pics and feel free to comment/email if you're confused.
    Push the needle through one strap to the middle split of the straps, through the button shank (the loop on the back of the button) and through the other strap.
  4. Pull thread taut and wrap underneath straps, returning to the starting side. Tie a tight double knot to secure.
  5. Sew and wrap (but don't knot again) 5 to 6 times until button is firmly attached.
  6. Tie a double knot on the side of the strap.
  7. You can just trim the threads and secure with a drop of Fray-Check or super glue, but I like to hide my loose ends. I thread the needle along the back of the strap, never poking through to the top side, for a few inches, then trim the threads. I hide some on the left strap and some on the right, but you can try to put them all on one side if you like, and they'll all fit through your needle's eye.
  8. Repeat for the other sandal and you're finished. This takes 20-30 minutes once you have all your supplies at hand.
Thanks for stopping by and keep living the Qute life!
~Susie Qute

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