Sandal Making

Presenter Gloria Bastos is joined by Jennifer Rutter of Spirit Sandals. They’ll be showing how to use plan flip flop soles and colourful fabrics to make stylist footwear. First, they make a wrap around ankle sandal and then later show how to make a silk strap sandal with embellishments. 

By Jennifer Rutter
Spirit Sandals
Contact: 081 015 7695

Silk strap with jewel embellishment

Requirements

  • 1 x bobby pin
  • A pair of pliers
  • Flip flop sole and straps available from Spirit Sandals
  • String
  • Jewel embellishment
  • Crimps
  • Tiger tail

Instructions

  1. Use a bobby pin or a pair of pliers to thread the chosen strap through the loops on the flip flop sole, starting from the back.
  2. Once you have threaded the straps through all loops, bring the ends back towards the front of the sandal.
  3. Using a piece of string, secure the two ends of the straps to the sections of straps in the front, about half way between the front and back loops. Tie the string tightly, and then cut off the loose sections of straps just in front of the string. Remember to place the sandal on your foot so that you can accurately judge where to secure the straps.
  4. Place selected jewel embellishment over the secured area so that the cut sections are invisible, and secure the bead to the strap using tiger tail and crimps. Remember to secure your crimps on top of the strap so that they do not scratch the foot. Your sandal is now complete and ready to wear.

Wrap around ankle sandal

Requirements

  • 1 x bobby pin
  • A pair of pliers
  • Flip flop sole and straps available from Spirit Sandals
  • Beads of your choice to match your straps
  • Crimps
  • Tiger tail
  • A pair of scissors

Instructions

  1. Use a bobby pin or a pair of pliers to thread the chosen strap through the loops on the flip flop sole, starting from the back.
  2. Tie the tiger tail around both straps a little way behind the front loop. Secure tightly with a double knot.
  3. Thread selected beads onto both pieces of tiger tail, and tie the tiger tail tightly around the straps, making sure that the knot is on top of the straps. Secure the knot with a crimp, and cut off the remaining tiger tail.
  4. Knot the ends of the straps to create weight, and cut off the scraps. You can place the knot anywhere along the strap to get the length you want.