Interchangeable Flip-Flops

Are you ready for the sun?

Ready to paint those toe nails and slip into some sandals?

I am too.

And I decided to greet spring (that will be here soon) with some flip-flops, with interchangeable straps.

So I can start the day with some color and print…..

Then change my mind.

And take off the strap…..

……..and switch to a solid ruffle.

Then choose some warm colors and sweet flowers the next day……

And then animal print with a simple bow the following day.

(I saw something similar in a shop and knew I needed to figure out a way to make my own…)

But all you need is one pair of flip flops (or two in my case), some velcro, and any sort of colored ribbon and accessory that puts you in the mood for spring.

How to make your own??

Find yourself any pair of flip-flops. I found mine at Old Navy……2 for $5. But you could do this with a nicer pair…..even a leather pair. Give it a try.

Start by cutting two pieces of the scratchy side of the velcro and gluing them to the flip flop. I didn’t take a closer picture but cut the two pieces at an angle so that they will fit together like an upside down “V” right by the toes. (And I placed the scratchy side of the velcro here, so that the interchangeable pieces with the velcro facing down would be soft, and wouldn’t scratch my feet.)

I used a strong epoxy glue that I found at Wal-Mart. I boughtthe non-toxic variety because shoes always seem to end up near little mouths in my house. But there are many epoxy glue’s to choose from. (Hot glue is not strong enough to keep the velcro attached.)

Next, cut two pieces of ribbon and sew them together at one end at an angle. (Make sure to purchase ribbon that is wider than your flip-flop strap and wider than your velcro.)

Then open it up and see if the angle is just right for your flip-flop. If not, re-sew a different angle.

If it works just right, trim the ends and then heat seal the raw edges with a lighter.

**Tip: After you have opened up your “V” and it’s just a little too pointy or a little uneven…..just use the lighter to melt the ribbon a bit and that will even out the imperfections. Or trim with scissors first and then melt with the lighter. Works wonders.

Then cut two pieces of the soft side of the velcro to fit on the back side of you “V”. Cut each end of the velcro at the same angle as your ribbon, so that they will fit together nicely. Sew your velcro to your ribbon.

Then turn it over and add any sort of flower, ribbon, button, fabric yo-yo, ruffle, etc.

Now it’s time to attach it to your flip-flop. (Make sure the glue on the flip flop has dried thoroughly.)

***Also, cut the 2 ends of the ribbon at an angle so that it almost reaches the end of the straps of the flip-flop. See how the end above is cut at an angle?

Now make more.
And be as creative as you want……

Then make some for the little ones in your house.

**Remember, you can do this for boys too. You can just keep it simple and use a cute striped ribbon in more masculine colors……or even a cool little camo print. Just leave off the embellishments but let the little dude have some variety to his flip-flops too.**

Now go on and fancy up that flip-flop selection.

***Flip-Flop update here. More helps and technique’s shared that I didn’t have time to do the day that I posted this tutorial. Whoops.

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205 Responses to “Interchangeable Flip-Flops”
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    Allison @ House of Hepworths says:

    I saw these at a boutique and they were SO expensive. Thanks for showing us how to make them, especially since summer is swiftly approaching.


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      Kim says:

      I’ve found that If you sew the material to the Velcro first and then make your “V” it is much easier. You don’t have to worry about how they are gonna match up with each other only how they will match up with the flip flop. Anyway, this is an amazing how to on making your own flip flops… If I can do it anyone can!

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    Lanie says:

    Now how smart and cute is that? OMG I LOVE these! Thanks for sharing! ~Lanie J.

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    Emily says:

    That is the coolest craft I have seen in a while. Love it and will be making some soon.

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    Carol says:

    Oh dear… another project from your blog to add to my to-do list! Thanks for sharing, so very cute!

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    KennaWilde says:

    I am in love. I hate when I dont have the "right" thongs for my outfit! Now I can have a ton without paying a ton! Thanks so much!

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    Rhonda says:

    I LOVE it! I've seen the Switch Flops just this week, but they are expensive. I love how you are showing us how to make our own!!!!!! Thanks so much!

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    Army Wife Quilter says:

    wow if i could handle wearing flip flops i would do these. i have straps between my toes. to uncomfortable

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    Kim's Treasures says:


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    Jenglamgirl says:

    oh' my GOODNESS! this is so freaking amazing! BRILLIANT, I tell you! I just got some cute wedge brown plain flip flops, and was thinking of just adding AND changing out the cute clippy flowers to the center… but you took it a step further! LOVE IT!

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    Janel says:

    how AMAZING is that!!! you are so smart!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE these!!!!

    Totally running to Target to pick up some flippers for me and my daughter and my mom and my sister in law and my best friend and every other girl I know!

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    Forever Owen says:

    You posted this just in time for me! I saw some of these in a boutique last weekend but they didnt have my size, so I saved $25! Now I can make my own and my Mom lives in flip flops all 4 seasons, so these are for her too!

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    ~Katie~ says:

    How perfect! I love the idea!

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    Julie says:

    I am so excited! I have flip flops I bought at the end of last season that I'm so going to do this with! Thank you!

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    Elizabeth says:

    OMG…you are so smart!!

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    Tonia says:

    So Cute!

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    Katie says:

    Okay. That's just too genius. Like one of those things that you should totally get patented. Seriously.

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    enSTYLEpedia says:

    this is great! I'm totally going to do this for my daughters this summer, they'll love it!

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    SAS says:

    These are so cute! I can't wait to make!!!!

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    SAS says:

    Also….I think they make black velcro so you could use that on your black flops and not see it as much! Just a thought!

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    Rebekah says:

    very cute!!!!!!

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    Emily says:

    Just looking through your blog saw a picture of your mom. I'm pretty sure I know her…did she and her husband serve a mission in New Jersey…the Silks??? If so, they were great missionaries, people still talk about them. If that's them, tell them hi from the Sutherlands!…we're still here!

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    The Robinson Bunch says:

    holy potatoes seriously these are awesome!~ I show your website to my hubby everyday and he is now a little obsessed with checking your blog as well, he has now begun to ask me everyday if you have posted something new haha!! he is so impressed LOL! and you have totally saved us a ton of money with your repurposing ideas! love these flip-flops I will be heading to old navy or target tomorrow to get some! also I have a question: did you make the elastic straps for your little ladies flip-flops??or did they come that way???

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    Anissa says:

    Ummmm…. YES PLEASE! Why are these so cute and why are you so amazingly talented?

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    Disney says:

    What a fun idea!! I'm totally a mind-changer, so this would be great for me! Thanks!!

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    Ready Set Create says:

    LOVE em, love your blog! I can never find the right pair of flip flops, now I can make them. . . thanks!

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    Cami says:

    Love it!

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    Mama Thompson says:

    Those are fantastic. I just bought some flip flops to add a flower to…this is even better…thanks for sharing, once again!

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    Jessica and Justin says:

    LOVE IT!!

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    Stacie says:

    LoVe that!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    Codi says:

    Wow!! Love it! I was just at Old Navy today, buying a couple of whirly skirts, how perfect the interchangeable flip flops would be!

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    Sheila Irish says:

    What a fabulous idea! Thanks so much for sharing it with us….I can't wait to make some of these for my Granddaughter….

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    Keith, Heather and Carsen says:

    Oh my gosh…I just love your ideas!!! so stinkin' cute! Thanks for coming up with great ideas!!!

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    Lettie says:

    You did it again – ANOTHER fantastic idea. I love it. Really so smart.

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    ashley jeffers says:

    such a great idea! no matter the weather they are all i wear so this would come in very handy for me

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    Brenbren says:

    yippee! I am really excited to try this out for my flipflops and my little girls! Matching!?! WE'll see.

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    Angie says:

    I would love to see a video tutorial of how you make those roses. I have seen your posts, but somehow doing it on my own never seems to work out.

    The flip flops are a great idea. I think my daughters will love doing that with me!

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    Lynette says:

    I'm not a flip flop girl, I hate the thing in between my toes, but my sister wears them year-round! I'll so have to make her some for her birthday that's coming up! Thanks for the tute!

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    Jenny says:

    You don't know how happy you've made me. My obsession with flip-flops has just increased tenfold! Thanks for the GREAT idea!

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    kim says:

    this is awesome, i'm going to have to make a zillion of these! thanks!

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    kachasek says:

    wow, what a great idea!!! I must have it ;) so I'll be making some for the summer :) Thanks very, very, very much :D

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    Tiff says:

    OH I so love this!!! I can't wait to get started . . Got to stock up on some flip flops for my daughter and I First!

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    Daisha says:

    Brilliant!!! I love them.

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    Japip says:

    I love these. I saw them at a shop and they were so expensive. I am definitely going to try to make a few for myself!

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    Rafahi Family says:

    You are a genius! I love it!!! Cannot wait to go make some of my own!

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    Kelly O. says:

    now that's creative!

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    kermiefrg says:

    I've seen something similar in the store that was very overpriced. These are a much cheaper (and cuter) option! Love it!

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    T*Family says:

    OH.EM.GEE. These are adorable. Love it and gonna try it. Thanks for sharing..

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    yudis says:

    creative idea
    we love it

    – yudis –

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    Lindsay Thomas says:


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    Maggie says:

    YOU – are brilliant!!!

    I've been toying with getting a pair of these, but were unsure about what base color to get… now, I can go crazy and make a few pairs of my own with a million strap options!

    I'll surely be making my own and will send you a link so you can check them out!

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    Cassidy says:

    oh stop!!! That is so cute. I luv luv it!!!

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    Denise says:

    i'm so going to make my way to walmart for some cheap flips, and make and love these!

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    ccooperdesigns says:

    Absolutely LOVE this!!

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    Devin & Ruthann says:

    What a fabulous idea!!!

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    Devin & Ruthann says:

    I love the green flower you made on these. Do you have a tutorial on how to make flowers like that?

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    Jill says:

    this is really clever!

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    Midnight Rambler says:

    Excellent idea! Just think of all the room I can save on my shoe racks!! Yay!

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    Liz @ LivingMySweetLife says:

    coolest. project. ever. I am going to target tomorrow to buy flip flops and glue lol

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    Liz says:

    Those are so stinkin' cute!!

    Loving This Mom Stuff

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    Bree says:

    *GASP* FREAKIN' LOVE IT! Thank you!

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    Scrappy Gifts says:

    Fabulous and clever!

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    Amy Juhasz says:

    PURE GENIUS! I love it! I am so making these for my little girl!

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    Kristie says:

    Such a CREATIVE idea! Have to make these!

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    Nikki says:

    Holy stinkin cute!

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    Very Verdant says:

    Since we live so close to the beautiful Florida beaches and 4 of us are girls…yeah, this one is going to be so much fun. Thanks for the idea! I can not wait to try this out.

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    Lovely Lizzy says:

    That may just be one of the cutest things I've ever seen! Wow!

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    Nicole says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial!! I love them!! I have to buy men's flip flops since I have big feet and I can never find cute ones. Now I can make them!!! Yea!! Hope you don't mind I put a link to your site on my blog. Thanks again!!!

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    Nimo says:

    how creative! this is excellent!

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    Molly @ The Creative Maven says:

    You are a genius. I've been looking at my sorry flip flop collection (used to be huge!)… but now all I need are a few good pairs, and some creativity :)!!!!

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    summerbummer says:

    that is seriously genius.. now i'm going to have to try it out!

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    jess says:


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    by night says:

    This is soooo amazing! I was just thinking of doing something like this for the summer. Now, thanks to you, I won't need to find out how to do it! merci!!!

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    Kimbo West says:

    hey, just wanted to let you know that I gave you an award at my blog I love your blog and apparently I am not alone…

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    Evy says:

    What a great idea! They are lovely – thank you so much for sharing!

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    The Splendid Sky says:

    They are gorgeous!! You are really talented and creative! :D
    i lovee ur work!

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    Karin Marie says:

    I love this! Super cute!& so smart and easy! Esp, those little girl sandals! Where did you get those from? I can't wait for spring! This is an awesome way to jazzy up boring sandals or add a little flare or match your outfit! I love all the ideas n tutorials I love it! :)

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    Molly says:

    These are amazing! I am making them for all my girls!!! Thanks so much for all your great ideas!

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    Kitty Talk says:

    These are absolutely fabulous and I LOVE how you can change them out. I posted back to this on my blog so everyone I know can make them too. SO CUTE!

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    Joanne says:

    I just love these! So fun and cute! And I am SOOO ready for summer! I'll be linking to these over the weekend at Ready, Set, Craft!


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    Adam and Sarah says:

    Oh. My. GOSH! This is a genious idea! Thanks for sharing it! :D

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    Erika says:

    Oh my goodness, genius! May I put this on my little blog??


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    Rebekah says:


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    sneezerville says:

    that is great. who would have thought??

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    carlyle3 says:

    Smart!! i would also like to know – did the kids flip flops come with that strap on the back, or did you make them? have not seen those before.

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    Ashley says:

    I bought the little kid flip-flops at Kmart. I originally bought some at Old Navy like that, but they didn't have much when Iwent back… I searched all over for some plain colored ones with straps on the back, and finally found them at Kmart. So happy hunting!

    And yes Erika, you can put this on your blog, with a link back here for the tutorial!! :)

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    JONESIES says:

    ashley these are adorable. I can't figure out how to make flowers like the little green one… I've tried and tried can you give us some tips? That would be great! thanks

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    iram fartash says:

    simply beautiful

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    Jessica says:

    I LOVE this idea! I just might try it out with my friends in our sewing group. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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    Felicia says:

    Love these!!!

    Already bought my flip flops and will be working on these tonight!

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    melinda says:

    Way cute!! I just love your tutorials! This would be a perfect project to do with my teenage girls. Thanks so much for sharing. I love your blog!

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    Lanie Ree says:

    Wow, that is a great idea!!

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    The Noalls says:

    How do you do it? I know now that I NEED a pair of black ruffle flip flops!! Also, did you make the elastic on the backs of the {adorable} kids' flip flops, or do they come that way? How do you make those little black tulle flowers that were on there? Ashley, you are such a talented gal!

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    Hi, I'm Susan! says:

    this is brilliant!!! i can't wait to try it. thanks for having such great tutorials!

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    Melissa says:

    These are awesome and I'll definately be making some for this summer. Thanks for sharing the tutorial! :)

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    Nick Ashley Reagan Coen & Ike says:

    Best idea ever! Thanks!

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    lajamison says:

    Wonderful idea! I just joined a swap where we will bw swapping flip-flops> What fun these will be to make.

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    Sweet and Sassy Boutique says:

    These are so awesome and just in time for Summer!!!


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    tracyp says:

    Some times I hate that I don't seem to figure this out on my own.. but I'm glad you do! I saw these last year and thought they were cute but in no way would pay for them… now I don't have too! Thanks!

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    Kim says:

    Awesome idea! You're so amazing. Love your blog. Could you give any tips on making your green fabric flower? So cute.

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    Sew It To Me says:

    Super cute! I love it. Especially because I always think I need like 20 pairs of flip flops for the summer. It would be so easy to just have two now (I agree with you) and a drawer full of interchangeables- I don't even know if that is a word.