Barefoot Sandals – DIY Tutorial


DIY Baby Barefoot sandals


These barefoot sandals are an inexpensive way to dress up your little diva for the summer time.  At just over $1.00 for a pair you can craft enough to match every outfit. Barefoot sandals are perfect for little ones who are not yet walking. The color combinations are endless. We have found that 1” lace and 5/8th inch fold over elastic works best as both elastics are soft and comfortable on their soft skin. For the center flower you can use shabby flowers, silky satin flowers, or anything your creative heart desires.  Dress them up even more by adding buttons or flat back pearls to the center.

How to make barefoot sandals:


Supplies needed include –

  • Fold over elastic, or 1 inch laceDIY Kit
  • Scissors
  • Felt circles (we carry these in a  variety of colors, not just white, to match almost any color you would like to make – makes a much more finished looking product!)
  • Lighter or heat source
  • Glue gun
  • Flower embellishment of your choice (shabby flowers, satin mesh – we recommend not using any thing with little pieces, pearls or rhinestones, etc. on it for little ones that have figured out how to eat their feet! Best to go with the shabby flowers in these cases)

1. Cut your elastic. We recommend 8-9 inches for newborn  – 6 months (smaller for preemies!!), and 11 inches for 6 months up. Of course every baby’s feet are different so if you have the foot there to wrap the elastic around and test it out, that is great, these are just “standard” sizes.

2. Heat seal the ends of your elastic to prevent fraying on the fold over (not necessary for the lace)

3. Start making a  “figure 8” with your elastic


4. Glue the ends together while maintaining the 8 shape.


4. Make sure the loops are even, moving the “seam” to the center of the “8”, and place a tiny dab of glue in the center of your figure eight to hod the 8 shape.


4. Attach your flower embellishment with a little hot glue.


5. Flip the flower over and place a felt circle on the back, sandwiching the elastic (and the seam of the figure 8) in between the felt and the flower.


6. Repeat steps  1-5 for the second sandal

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Barefoot sandals are so easy and fun to make! Here is an instructional video as well!



  1. Have you made these for adult sizes? Think it would be cute w a basic flip flop and wondered if you had any idea on measurements. Thanks!

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    • Hi Traci! It really depend on the size of the childs’s feet. The best way to test would be to measure a figure 8 with your elastic right on their feet- that way you know it won’t be too tight or too loose. Buying one yard of elastic would be plenty for a pair of kid’s barefoot sandals though- and you could use any left over elastic for a cute matching hair tie!

      I hope this helps, but let me know if you have any other questions- and let us know how they turn out!

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