Kate Spade-Inspired DIY Fabric Flip-Flops for Just $3.50

DIY Fabric Flip-Flops Project Flip-flop weather is almost here!  For a frugal spin on this summer wardrobe staple, try making a pair of fabric knotted flip-flops.  They can be made for as little as $1 per pair if you snag the flip-flops on sale and use fabric scraps you already have at home.  The beauty of this project is how you can customize them: your fabric choice, the color of the flip-flop bottom, and even the width of the straps.  They’re perfect for any size or style!

The Kate Spade print that inspired my fabric choice (my fabric was purchased at JoAnn  Fabric and Crafts) is pictured here.  Isn’t it pretty?  However, I’ve never spent over $200 on a pair of shoes and don’t plan on starting anytime soon.  Plus, these heels don’t look nearly as comfy as a pair of flip-flops.

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You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 yard of fabric (cut into four strips of fabric approximately 4″ wide by 22″ long)
  • Scissors
  • Flip-flops


DIY Fabric Flip-Flops Project

Remove the straps of the flip-flops by turning them over and cutting them with a scissors.

DIY Fabric Flip-Flops Project

You’ll then be left with the flip-flop bottom.

DIY Fabric Flip-Flops Project

Cut a point on one end of each fabric strip.  Poke two of the strips through each hole between the toes.  Each strip is one strap.

diy fabric flip flops

Tie a knot on the bottom of the flip-flop to secure the fabric.  Pull it tight and nestle it in the small indentation on the bottom of the flip-flop.

DIY Fabric Flip-Flops Project

fabric flip-flops

On the top of the flip-flop, tie a knot about an inch above the flip-flop bottom.  The toe will go here.

DIY Fabric Flip-Flops Project

Tie another knot right behind the first one.

diy fabric flip-flops

Poke each fabric strip through the holes on the other end of the flip flop and knot again on the bottom, adjusting to fit.

Here is my daughter modeling them:

diy fabric flip-flops

Fabric Flip-Flop Project Cost:
Old Navy Flip-Flops 2/$5 ($2.50/pair)
1/4 Yard Fabric $1.00
Total Cost:  $3.50

Thanks to The Mother Huddle for the Inspiration!


  1. says

    Love these, can’t wear plastic, vinyl or even leather since appendix ruptured a few years ago and have been looking for a solution ’cause I love the ease of sliding on flip flops in the summertime. Love a lot of your other ideas as well, will be following…

  2. TJ says

    Do you feel the knots of fabric under your feet with these? I love these, but I can’t stand to have anything under my feet when I walk. Thanks.


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