Kid’s shoes are expensive, but flip flops are cheap, especially at the dollar store. The only problem is that flip flops won’t stay on your kid’s feet. My daughter loves these dirty white flip flops from her older cousin, but she doesn’t want to wear them because she can’t keep them from falling off her feet. And likewise, I love that they are plain white and can go with anything, but I don’t like that she has to keep asking me to help put them back on her feet. My first step was to clean them up with some finger nail polish and a magic eraser sponge.
I wanted to find some type of ribbon I could sew to her shoes to help keep them on her feet, but wasn’t sure what I should buy or how it would look. I checked the fabric store and the dollar store but didn’t find anything I liked. But then one day my daughter came down the stairs with some pink fleece pajamas that had lost the elastic and kept falling down to her feet. I liked the pajamas enough that I didn’t really want to just throw them away, but I didn’t like them enough to want to go buy new elastic to try and fix them either. Then I remembered that I was looking for a fabric to sew straps for her flip flops and I decided that these old, stretched-out pajamas would be perfect for the task.
I transformed her old, hand-me-down shoes into fun, fancy flip flops by following these 5 simple steps:
- Clean the shoes: My first step was to clean them up with some finger nail polish and a magic eraser sponge.
- Cut the fabric: I took the pajama pants and cut a one inch trip of fabric from the bottom of each leg. Because it was a hem, it was really 2 inches of fabric folded in half.
- Tie a bow: Next I tied the folded strip of fabric around the front strap of each flip flop to make a simple bow.
- Attach the strap: I cut out the 1/4 inch strip of ribbon, which was sewed around the bottom of each leg of the pajama. I used this pink ribbon with fleece backing as a soft strap to cover her heal. In order to fit for size, I put the flip flops on my daughter’s foot, placed the fleece-backed ribbon over her heal, wrapped the fabric around the bottom of the white flip flop straps on each side of her foot, and secured the straps in place. Then I used a needle and thread to stich it in placed.
- Try them on: Finally, my daughter immediately wanted to try them on and model them around the house. Compared with what they were before, her new and improved flip flops are much more stylish and go with about anything she wears. Not only that, they stay on her feet when running around outside or riding in the car.