I have another wonderful Pinterest inspired project today, recycling a pair of old flip flops into and adorable pair of flats. When I saw this tutorial on pinterest I was really intrigued. I just happen to have a pair of black flats that need replacing. I also happened to have cheap pair of flip flop that have only been worn to the beach like twice. This became the perfect opportunity for me to try to crochet my own pair of shoes. It was actually pretty easy. The most time consuming part was preparing the flip flip to be crocheted on. I do have to say that soft yarn + flip flop soles = very comfortable shoes. These would be a cute edition for a spring ward robe especially if one were to make them in a pastel or bright and cheery color. I need more cheap flip flops....
I know it's been along time since I've shared a crocheted project with you. Unfortunately, I don't have a pattern to show exactly what I did to crochet the shoe. Fortunately, you can probably use most slipper patterns by just skipping the sole of the slipper and building the rest of the slipper on the flip flop sole. So sorry, I don't have a pattern, but I will at least show you how to get started by preparing your flip flop to be turned into a shoe.
First of all, you need an old and/or cheap flip flop, a yarn needle, and yarn.
Then, you need to cut the sandal off of the sole.Next we need to take a sharp pointy object and poke holes all the way around the sole. A yarn needle might work for this, but I buy pretty dull yarn needles so mine wasn't very effective and I had to find something a little sharper. I made my holes about 1/4 inch a part and half way down the sole. The holes need to be deep enough from the top of the sole that the yarn doesn't tear through. If you are using a pattern for a slipper, be mindful of stitch count. This will dictate you many holes you need on your sole and how far apart they should be.
Now, you can put your yarn needle to use. Using the holes you already made sew a blanket stitch around the sole. Here is a good blanket stitch tutorial. This will give a nice foundation on which you can build your shoe.Now, crochet that shoe on. I really wished I had a pattern for you, but I make things up as I go and it becomes hard to write it into a pattern. When I finished the shoe I made a chain long enough to wrap around the sole and hot glued it down around the sole to cover up where the yarn and the sole met. I think it helped to make the shoe look a little more finished. I'll probably find some cheap shoe inserts to help hid the holes and left over sandal pieces from my feet.