Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Flip Flop Fun Series Guest Post: Incredible Refashion from Flamingo Toes

Today we have a special guest.  I met Bev from Flamingo Toes at Creative Estates in April.  She was one of the girls I instantly clicked with and I absolutely adore her.  She just happens to live in one of my favorite vacation towns so I know I will be seeing a lot more of her!  In addition to being funny and charismatic, she is also unbelievably talented!  My mouth literally dropped when I saw what she did with her flip flops in this post!  If you don't already know and love Flamingo Toes, go spend some time there and see why I think Bev's awesome!
Hi!! My name is Bev and I blog over at Flamingo Toes!

I'm so excited to be here as a part of Jessica and Heather's great Flip-Flop Refashion series!!!

I am loving all the ideas!

Over at Flamingo Toes I love to do sewing projects, home decor, and knockoffs!

Here's just a few of my projects . . .

I had a blast doing the flip flop refashion for this week!

I didn't make it over to Old Navy for the big sale - but I did find some flip-flops at Walmart for $2.50. Not bad at all.

The only problem with them was the plastic part on top. Kind of hard and not so comfy.

So I cut it off!!

Here is what I came up with instead. . .

Pretty cute huh? And suuuuuper comfy!! I'm kind of all about the comfyness. ;)

So here's what you'll need to make your very own pair -

• Flip Flops

• Fusible batting (enough for one layer on shoes)

• Heavyweight interfacing (same as above)

•Floral fabric (probably about a 1/4 yard)

• Linen or something for top of strap (small amount)

• Cotton Cording

Start by cutting the plastic tops off of your flip-flops.

Cut out your fabrics.

Cut out a piece of fusible batting and heavy weight interfacing, the size of each flip-flop.

Cut out your fabric about 1 1/2" - 2" larger than your flip flop.

Cut out two rectangles of print and 2 of linen - about 4" x 8". You need enough to go over the top of your foot and wrap under for gluing.

Iron your fusible interfacing onto the back of your printed fabric pieces.

Place the heavy-weight interfacing on the wrong side and press your fabrics tightly around the interfacing, so it is pulled snug but not so tight that the interfacing isn't flat anymore.

Sew one linen rectangle to a printed rectangle - wrong sides together.

(If you don't like raw edges, sew them right sides together and turn inside out).

Cut a strip of linen about 2" wide and 3" long.. Fold over each side and wrap around the center of the rectangle to make a bow.

Sew the center of the bow down on the underside.

Put the padded base on your flip flop and put your foot on it. Place the top section where you'd like it over your foot and tuck the ends between the padded base and the flip-flop base.

Pin the rectangle in place. You want it snug over your foot but not super tight. You don't want blue toes after an hour or two.

Glue down the ends of the rectangle.

Add glue all over the flip-flop base. Make sure you get the edges well.

Place the padded base over the flip-flop base - clamp or set a heavy book on it so that the pieces stay together while drying.

I let mine dry overnight.

In the morning you'll have cute new shoes - but they need something more.

There is a small space between the padded base and the foam.

Run some glue along the edge and add cotton cording into the space, all the way around the flip-flop.

Tuck the ends between the padding and the foam so they don't show.

Make some little fabric flowers to add to the top. I layered the linen and print and topped it with a little circle of cording.

Glue those to the center of the top section and you're all done!!

Painting your toenails to match your new shoes is optional.

I hope you like them!!

Thanks so much girls for letting me join in the flip-flop fun this week!
Wow!  Thanks Bev!


Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

Thanks so much for letting me join the flip flop fun Heather and Jessica!! I had a great time and I love all the other ideas you've come up with!!

Jacki said...

I love this! Now I know what to do with the flip flops I broke over the weekend. Yay!

Anonymous said...

Bev, what type of glue do you use for a project like this? Will they stand up to rain or humidity? This is a great idea but I don't want to have my shoes falling apart on me!

Anonymous said...

I was wondering the same thing about the glue that you used. Great tutorial. I love the way they look and can't wait to give it a try.

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

Thanks ladies!! The glue I used was E-6000. It's pretty much my favorite. ;)
I wouldn't wear them in the rain - but I'm hoping they last just fine in humidity since I live in San Diego. ;)
If you wanted to weather proof them a bit more - you could spray them down with scotchgard or something like that.

Wicked said...

What a great idea...This series is so much fun!

Sue Niven said...

they look beautiful and comfy, Great tutorial thanks!

Anonymous said...

Amazing tutorial Bev! These are the cutest flip flops, I just love them! I am nervous to follow you with my tutorial tomorrow, LOL!

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Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

Haha - everything you make is awesome Rebecca!! Can't wait to see yours too!

Sandy said...

These are very cute. Thanks for the tutorial

Karen said...

These are super cute! I don't usually wear flip-flops because I can't stand anything between my toes. I will definitely try these. Thanks!!

JanetJ said...

Love, love, love!!

Anonymous said...

Great idea!! Thank you for sharing.