Upcycle last year’s old sandals with a bit of scrap yarn. This crochet flip flop DiY project is so easy! You don’t really need to know how to crochet and this tutorial teaches the basic single crochet stitch that you’ll need to make a super-comfy new pair of shoes.
Summertime is coming and that means one thing. It’s time to break out the flip flops (and maybe give yourself a pedicure). I don’t know about you, but having a crunchy plastic strap between my toes all day is kind of a bummer. I have bought a lot of flip flops, only to never wear them because they make my feet hurt. Or wear them anyway, but regret it.
Today I have a great idea to solve that problem once and for all. You probably have some flip flops buried in your closet since you bought them last summer. Dig them out and try this crochet flip flops DiY project. I love this because it is an Earth-friendly way to give something old a new life.
Crochet flip flops DiY
- A basic pair of flip flops (old or new)
- Yarn in any color – or lots of colors (Scraps are good. This doesn’t use much. I picked this one because it matched.)
- Crochet hook, size F (or whatever you use on most projects if you’re a crocheter)
Quick intro to the single crochet, which is the stitch you’ll use:
Make a loop in the yarn and poke your hook through it. Hook the loose end of the yarn over the hook and carefully pull it through the hole. You’ll have a new loop on your hook now. To crochet onto the flip flop plastic, Hook the yarn over the hook under the plastic and then again over the plastic.
Okay, to make these shoes, here’s what you do. Slip the yarn onto the hook and begin a single crochet, starting at the very bottom between the toes. I’m left-handed, so if you’re not, just imagine it going the opposite direction/side.
When you get to the fork (or thong, if you prefer), pick one side and keep going.
Scoot the yarn together as you go so that there aren’t any gaps. When you get all the way to the end, leave a short tail and cut the yarn.
Start back at the fork and slip stitch into the existing yarn near the center. Crochet along the other side until you get to the end. Leave a tail and cut it off.
Weave in the tails at each end so you can’t see them.
Repeat the whole process for the other shoe. Adjust the stitches to where they look nice and even.
For other Earth-friendly ways to decorate a simple pair of flip flops, check out my easy summer flip flop kids craft and let the kids decorate their own.
These turned out pretty cute. And oh, are they so much more comfortable. Now I need an excuse to go to the beach…