How to Embellish Flip-Flops with Crochetcomments (13) June 20th, 2012
Who knew you could add style and comfort to an inexpensive pair of flip-flops with simple crochet stitches? This project is simple and instantly gratifying—and the yarn really does feel better on your toes than a rubber strap. Add a fun button for the finishing crafty touch!
Here's what you'll need:
• A pair of plain flip-flops (I got some cheap ones at Michael's, but I suggest going with an Old Navy or Target pair for a sturdier option.)
• Small amount of yarn (Play with textured and variegated options for the most fun. I used Fiesta Yarns' "La Luz Multi" in Tequila Sunrise. It's 100 percent mulberry silk and oh so soft on the feet.)
• Crochet hook in a size appropriate for your yarn (I used size F-5, 3.75 mm.)
• Two big buttons or any other sew-on embellishment
• Scissors and a yarn needle
Fold the yarn about 8 inches in from the tail end to form a loop. Place this loop under the outer edge of the strap (as near as possible to the right side of the strap) and insert your hook. Holding on to both yarn ends, bring the hook over the strap, yarn over, and draw the loop through the starter loop. Pull the yarn end tight.
Bring the hook under the strap, yarn over, and draw the loop to the outer edge of the strap.
With the hook on top of the strap, yarn over and draw the loop through the two loops at the outer edge of the strap. You've essentially just completed a single crochet around the flip-flop. Continue making single crochets for the length of the strap in the same manner: Bring the hook under the strap, yarn over, and draw the loop to the outer edge of the strap, bring the hook over the top of the strap, yarn over, and draw the loop through both loops at the outer edge of the strap.
Make as many single crochets as necessary to cover the left side of the strap.
Trim the yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail. Wrap the yarn around the strap and tie a knot, then rewrap and reknot once more. With a yarn needle, weave the yarn back and forth through the stitches on the inside of the strap. Repeat this process for the other yarn tail.
To attach the button, thread a yarn needle with a length of yarn and knot the ends. Wrap the knotted yarn around the center of the flip-flop and insert the needle through the knotted end, then pull taut. Sew the button to the center, working the sewn stitches into the stitches around the center of the strap. Wrap the yarn around the button (underneath the button) and knot twice to secure. Trim the yarn ends.
Repeat this process for your second flip-flop, and your feet will be comfortably adorned just in time for Fourth of July cookouts.
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