Design Your Own Flip Flops | Free Crochet and DIY Pattern
Hello again! Were you wondering if I’d ever come back? I certainly was!
I am so happy to be able to share with you this latest project of mine. It’s both a crochet pattern and DIY project. What I’ve done is redesigned the flip flip and here I am to show you how to do it yourself!
I made these for my sister and I to wear on the 4th of July, so after a day of wearing them around I can honestly say that they will not fall apart on you if you make them as I recommend.
It’s terribly simple, believe me. In a nutshell, you will measure your band and do a little math (don’t be deterred, it’s not really that hard at all!), crochet a band and glue it to your shoe!
Follow along with my photo tutorial and make your own!
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Design Your Own Flip Flops
Skill Level Easy
Lace weight yarn (Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet Thread, size 3)
Yardage: 10 yards of each, blue and white (or any color you choose) (Note: there are instructions for using one color)
Crochet hook D/3.25mm and larger size for pulling through shoe holes
1 pair of flip flops, any size
Hot glue gun
Swatch pattern measures 2 inches long by 1 inch tall
Ch 10 and follow the instructions for the band pattern, only do not change colors.
Stitches and Abbreviations
Dc (double crochet)
Sc (single crochet)
You can personally design a pair of flip flops by crocheting your own band and attaching it to the sole. Here are the instructions for the band and how to attach it.
Finding your Band Size
You will need to know the length of band to crochet for the right fit. Here are two methods for finding your band size.
Without having to measure or do any math, you can choose right now between the suggested band sizes below. But let me warn, I have not tested each size so the fit may vary. For a tailored fit, try Method Two below.
Suggested foundation chain for shoes sizes (women’s)
5 – 6 = ch 50
7 – 8 = ch 56
9 – 10 = ch 62
11 – 12 = ch 68
Measure the plastic band of your flip flops with a tape measure from one end to the other. (For a 7-8 shoe size, it should be about 11 inches. For a 9-10 shoe size, it should be about 12 inches).
Work the gauge pattern for a practice swatch. Multiply the swatch by any number to obtain your band size, then multiply the foundation chain of the swatch, minus one, by that number and add one for the turning chain.
For example, if you want a band measuring 8 inches, multiply the 2 inch swatch by 4, and then add one for the turning chain. That should be 37 chains for the foundation chain. From there you simply follow the instructions for the pattern.
(If you have an odd numbered size, then multiply a number to get the next size down and then add only half the number of chains from swatch. Remember, you should have an odd number of stitches before adding the turning chain.)
Notice: It is very important that you do not work in the ends when starting, joining, and finishing off. The ends are what you will use for attaching the band to the shoe.
-Also, if you choose to use one solid color instead of stripes you will need to add tassels at each row to make up for the lack of ends, since you use the ends to attach the band to the flip flop sole.
Crochet Pattern for Band (make 2)
These instructions are written to work with any number of chains you choose to make.
Row 1: with blue, chain the number of foundation chains you have selected, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across
Row 2: join white, ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), turn, skip next 2 sc, * dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, repeat from * across, dc in last sc
Row 3: join blue, ch 1, turn, sc in each st across
Row 4 – 5: repeat Rows 2 and 3
Finish off, leaving ends.
Knot the ends at each end and cinch it fairly tight so that the band curls just slightly.
Attaching the Band
Once you have your bands, now you can move on to attaching them to your flip flops.
Cut the plastic from your flip flops with sharp scissors. Be careful you don’t slip!
Trim the plugs low and keep for later. (See note later on alternate method below).
Use a larger crochet hook to pull the ends of the band through the lower holes.
Pull it far enough for the knot to just come through. Look back at the front and make sure the band is turned the right way.
Hot glue around knot and place plug over it. Press down with the scissors until hot glue has set. Do the same with the other side. Trim the ends close to the plugs.
-Alternate method: after wearing the flip flops for a day I lost four of my plugs. However, the band still held up. So if you would prefer, leave off the plugs and use extra hot glue. Try using something stiff, like an old credit card, and to scrape the hot glue flat. Don’t worry if you can’t make it absolutely flat.
Now turn the shoe over. Cut two lengths of crochet thread about a foot long and fold them over.
Fold them again over the center of the band and knot very close to the band.
Use the crochet hook to pull threads through the upper hole. From the back, pull the threads tightly and knot again as close to the hole as you can. Check the front to make sure all looks right.
Hot glue and place plug firmly until set as before. Trim ends once glue is set.
And that’s it! Do the same for the other shoe.
What do you think? Have you ever considered designing your own flip flops? It really is a lot of fun! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.