How to make flip flops ..cute ones!



So was I the only one who was crazy enough to drag their two little monkeys to the $1 Flip Flop Sale at Old Navy? Sometimes I wonder if “deals” are really worth all the trouble. On the way over we got stuck in traffic (dang construction).  So a 10 minute drive ended up turning into a 30 minute drive. Then it turns out I forgot the double stroller. So here I am carrying both my kids around the store trying to find the right size flip flops. As I set Carson down for one second to dig through the huge bin he bolts across the store. So then I chase Carson (while holding Emmalyn) and finally get in line. Holy cow… the line was worse than Christmas! As we waited in line for about 20 minutes Carson begged and begged for all the candy he saw. Why do stores have to torture us like that?

So the moral of the story is.. no I will not be going back to Old Navy’s $1 Flip Flop Sale.


I’d rather pay the extra buck and save my sanity!


However since I went through all the trouble to get these flip flops… I had to make them cute!


I saw a pair of flip flops in a store a while back and thought “I could make these…and a lot cheaper too.” All I did was glue two flowers on with sew tac glue. Remember my L.A. trip? Well I found these super cute flowers at the trim store (they are also found at HL).  Seriously easy peasy.. took maybe a minute to make these. And look how much cuter they are!


Then for the next pair I used these ruffle flowers (ruffle strip of fabric then roll in like a rose). I cut the ruffle into 1 in strips. Then I used sew tac to glue them down the sides of the strap.


I added a flower button in the middle and that’s it! There are TONS of ways to dress up your flips flops. I also love dressing mine up with rhinestones. Hopefully these will get your creativity going!




Oh and remember my beach bag fail?  Well I found this cute bag at HL for 5 bucks and added the heat transfer to it. Now I’m ready for the beach next month with my new beach bag and flip flops! CANNOT WAIT!

What are your summer plans?

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Bliss Images posted on June 13, 2011 at 4:58 am (#

    I did the same sort of thing to my daughter’s flip flops. I paid $2.50 per pair, because I knew that Old Navy is a madhouse when they offer these deals! :) I’d love for you to come take a look at my flip flop dress up at Yours are adorable!

    • Jamielyn posted on June 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm (#

      lol you were smart! I LOVE how yours turned out!

  2. Karen At Home posted on June 13, 2011 at 5:50 am (#

    What a cute project!!! I hear you about those Old Navy flip flop sales. I was tempted to stand in line last year but it was out the door!!! Long lines with an infant just did not work out last year.
    We are heading on a Beach vacation in a few weeks, I can not wait!

    • Jamielyn posted on June 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm (#

      Thanks! lol I know.. big mistake! How fun, I’m getting so anxious for the beach too! I can’t wait!

  3. Brenda @ Piggy Giggles posted on June 13, 2011 at 7:17 am (#

    Love the flip flops!!

    • Jamielyn posted on June 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm (#

      Thanks Brenda! :)

  4. Brandy Miller posted on June 13, 2011 at 7:23 am (#

    Cute! Love that beach bag too! I might need to make one for myself to take to Savannah. I’m so excited that I can’t stand it.

    • Jamielyn posted on June 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm (#

      Thank you!! Have SO much fun!

  5. Kelly Corado posted on June 13, 2011 at 7:58 am (#

    These are way cute! Love how they turned out.. and your bag ADORABLE! You can still say you made it :)

    • Jamielyn posted on June 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm (#

      Thank you!! haha I guess I did iron on the heat transfer.. that counts right?! ;)

  6. Heather posted on June 13, 2011 at 7:59 am (#

    My husband and daughter were sleeping when I snuck out quietly to get my $1 flip flops at Old Navy!

    We just did an entire two week series about embellishing flip flops! Fun, fun, fun!! Here’s our recap post:

    • Jamielyn posted on June 13, 2011 at 4:50 pm (#

      oh you were smart!! My hubby was working that day, or else I totally would of done that.

  7. Jennie Larsen posted on June 13, 2011 at 8:25 am (#

    the blog looks great! LOVE IT! love the torq. flip flops darling. WINKS-JEN

  8. Lizy B posted on June 13, 2011 at 9:09 am (#

    My plans are still just survival until we get there! Still have 7 more school days!

    • Jamielyn posted on June 13, 2011 at 4:48 pm (#

      Oh wow your school goes late!! That will be so nice when your all done!

  9. Kristen posted on June 13, 2011 at 1:19 pm (#

    Those are so much better after! Great work! I feel pretty inspired! =)

  10. Kristen posted on June 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm (#

    Great work! They are definitely better after you added your flair to them! I feel so inspired to work on mine! =)

    • Jamielyn posted on June 13, 2011 at 4:46 pm (#

      Thanks! I live in flip flops, so definitely need to dress *a few* of them up!

  11. Chessa Moore posted on June 13, 2011 at 7:32 pm (#

    I love your beach bag. Super cute! I gotta get to HL and get me a bag. I was thinking about doing POOL. Did you use the flocked heat transfer?

    • Jamielyn posted on June 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm (#

      Oh ya that would be cute! I love it because it has POCKETS! :) No I just used the smooth. As much as I love the flocked..over time it tends to wear faster.

  12. Chessa Moore posted on June 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm (#

    Thanks Jamielyn-I do not have any heat transfer right now. Have you bought any at HL or any other stores?

    BTW-I love your Old Navy/Flip-Flop story. I sympathize with you. My youngest is now 7 (oldest 11), but I’ve been there before!

    check out my flip-flops:

    • Jamielyn posted on June 13, 2011 at 9:47 pm (#

      lol! So glad I’m not the only one. And I haven’t seen their heat transfer in any stores yet. Hopefully they’ll get it soon.

  13. zhing posted on June 13, 2011 at 9:58 pm (#

    i had the same story with the old navy sale! :) ended up disappointed in target and found a whole bunch in the sizes and colours i was after in the dollar section!!

    love your summery ideas! :)

    • Jamielyn posted on June 14, 2011 at 8:48 am (#

      oh no! at least will know for next year, right. haha.

  14. Kara @ Nest Candy posted on June 13, 2011 at 11:59 pm (#

    These are super cute! I love the look of the black and gray because you could wear them with anything. (And trust me, I would ;)

    • Jamielyn posted on June 14, 2011 at 8:47 am (#

      haha I know! I wear flip flops EVERYWHERE! Heels just don’t work with two little ones.

  15. Diana @ The Girl Creative posted on June 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm (#

    I love the turquoise ones! I’m featuring them tomorrow on my blog with a link back to this post. :)

    LOVE the new look of the blog by the way. The new header is adorable and love the flash photos at the top. :)

  16. Michelle at Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust posted on June 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm (#

    How adorable! Love this project.

    Warmly, Michelle

    • Jamielyn posted on June 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm (#

      Thanks Michelle! They’re so fun for summer. :)

  17. Wendy posted on June 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm (#

    Your flip flops turned out great! I made some too, but I did velcro and interchangeable tops… I haven’t blogged mine yet, but I found the original tut on Make It and Love It.

    But my problem has been finding a glue that stays stuck to the rubber for more than a few wears. How are yours holding up?

    • Jamielyn posted on June 21, 2011 at 9:13 pm (#

      Oh fun! I really like sew tac. What kind of glue did you use? Mine have held up pretty well.. but I’ve only worn them a couple of times so far, so it’s hard to say how long it will hold up.

      • Wendy posted on June 22, 2011 at 9:16 am (#

        Thanks! I started with E6000 but it peeled off. Right now they are Krazy Glued, but they’re starting to loosen up. I’m not sure any glue can hold up to the stress of having velcro ripped off repeatedly ;)