Barefoot Sandals – DIY Tutorial

Barefoot sandals

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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:

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Supplies needed include -

Fold over elastic, or 1 inch lace

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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4 Responses to Barefoot Sandals – DIY Tutorial

  1. Can’t wait to make these

  2. Melissa says:

    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!

    • Lisa Hustad says:

      Hi Melissa – here in the shop, we have not made them for adults but we know of people that have made these fun sandals for themselves! I wrapped some fold over elastic around my own foot to get an idea of the length needed and it was about 18 inches – I suppose it would depend on the size of the foot and how big/round the ankle is. I wear an 7.5-8 if that helps you.

  3. Kay says:

    Thank you for sharing. It seems that no one is willing to give up there recipe Thanks again

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