Barefoot Sandals

Barefoot Sandals - The Ribbon Retreat BlogMaking things for baby is a blast! These adorable barefoot sandals are no exception, AND they are very easy. Grab an old t-shirt, a flower, & you are set.

Hello!   I’m so excited to be here at the Ribbon Retreat!  I’m Melanie and I blog with my sister-in-law Steffany at Find it, Make it, Love it.  We love to share our latest projects and ideas and can’t wait to share these barefoot sandals with you today!  These are a breeze to make, and thanks to the Ribbon Retreat, they are very inexpensive too.

Here’s what you need:
 T-shirt (old or new)
felt circles (1 3/4 inch size)
flowers of your choice
sewing machine
glue gun

We’ll start with the T-shirt.  First, cut off the hem along the bottom of the shirt and discard;  then cutting through both layers, cut a strip about 1 inch wide.

It will be a circle since we cut through the entire shirt, so cut it at the seam to get one long strip.  Now stretch the strip and the T-shirt will curl itself.

Cut the strip into about 5 or 6 inch lengths, depending on the age and size of the child’s foot.  The fabric is very stretchy, so a little tight is better than too loose.   (Mine are for my  2 1/2 year old.)

Cut 3 strips per sandal, so 6 strips for one pair.

Once the strips are cut,  you’re ready to sew!

Sew one end of the strips onto to a felt circle.  I found it easiest to add them one at a time as I went.  I am not much of a seamstress, but these are very simple to sew, no kidding. 🙂

Then loop the strips over and sew the other ends onto the opposite side of the felt.

It should look like this!

Remember how I mentioned I am not a seamstress?  Proof right here, but it doesn’t even matter because those crooked stitches won’t show : )

Hot glue the flower of your choice to the felt circle. (I chose the crochet flowers in turquoise.)

They are ready to adorn a cute little foot!
   How to put them on:
   Slip the whole thing over the foot with the flower on top,
   then pull one strap up behind the ankle.  Cute!

Barefoot Sandals - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Barefoot Sandals - The Ribbon Retreat BlogBarefoot Sandals - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

A great big thank you to The Ribbon Retreat for having us!  Pop on over to for lots of other projects and ideas!

Thank You Melanie! Wow…how absolutely adorable are those? They are so easy and perfect for those cute little piggies! I love this project, because if you are a seasoned seamstress or just a beginner, you can make these barefoot sandals. Melanie is so talented, and we are thankful she shared her talents with us today!

Don’t you love that crocheted flower? The Ribbon Retreat has so many flowers to choose from that would be perfect for this project and many, many others! Check out our flower selection…you’ll love all your options, and who doesn’t love options?

Have a wonderful day and Happy Creating!

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  1. Rebeca
    Posted April 8, 2013 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Thank you soooo much!! I’ve been looking for a tutorial for these.
    Any chance Melanie has a size chart for different ages?
    Thanks Melanie, and Michelle and TRR.

    • Posted April 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

      Hi Rebeca! Thank you for your question. I don’t have a size chart or anything, I just estimated and then wrapped the strip over my daughters foot and adjusted accordingly. She has pretty skinny feet, but I have another daughter that had super chubby feet at the same age. So I think measuring per child is the best way to get a good fit. 🙂
      I hope this helps! Have a wonderful day! 🙂

  2. Melissa
    Posted September 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    I made these today for my one year old… I have very little experience with a sewing machine but it was so easy and they came out perfectly. I used fold over elastic and a pom posy, both red and from TRR . They will be perfect for the Little Red Riding Hood costume she is wearing for Halloween. As far as size is concerned I just measured around the largest part of her foot then subtracted about 2 inches to allow the elastic straps to be snug. Thank you so much Melanie for these instructions, my little girl thinks shoes are for chewing and she absolutely will not wear them. This is a great solution to making her costume complete for Halloween 🙂

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 21, 2013 at 7:30 am | Permalink

      Hi Melissa! Thank you so much for your comment and for sharing your awesome alternative to these adorable sandals. I bet your Little Red Riding Hood will look stunning at Halloween. 🙂 Thank you again Melissa and have a most wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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