How to Customize Your Flip-Flops

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by Anna Mazur

I spend every spare moment I can in my beloved state of Hawaii, and my footwear of choice is, of course, the flip-flop. Here, I'll show you how to make a custom pair. I know it sounds like a job for a cobbler, but you'll see that the construction process is so easy anyone can do it. All you need to do is purchase an inexpensive jelly flip-flop (found at any discount or beach store), dismantle it, and then build it from the base up, as shown in the instructions below.

What you'll need:

Jelly flip-flops, thong style
2mm-thick foam sheets (
Marking pen
Fabric scraps
Decor-Bond Craft Iron-On Backing (
Binder clips and awl
Contact cement
Craft cement
Fray check
Thread, scissors, rotary cutter and mat
Sewing machine and thread

Dismantle the flip flop
Select a jelly flip-flop in a color that coordinates with your chosen fabric. You can just add straps to a jelly base, as shown in the pink flip flop at left, or you can cover the bottom with a custom insole, as described here.

1) Remove the top. Cut off the straps and remove the plugs, being careful not to damage the holes in the soles.

2) Trace off the sole. Place the soles on a foam sheet and trace around them. Cut them out, making sure to cut inside the traced line so the foam does not extend past the sole.

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Posted: 9:40 pm on May 3rd
Redguide writes: Clever girl.This is brilliant! All my girls are going through my fabric stash already to get started....Thank you
Posted: 5:02 pm on April 27th
Buttonmad writes: Just brilliant....and we could add one of our handpainted buttons to each flip flop to customise them firther!
Posted: 11:55 am on April 27th
clothingeng writes: These are so cute...I can't wait to try!
Posted: 10:52 pm on April 22nd
sew_classyt writes: Where can I purchase these jelly flip flops?
Posted: 6:01 pm on April 22nd
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