Interchangeable Flip Flops

I got this awesome, AWESOME (yes, this idea needs two awesomes!) idea from Make It and Love it.

If you’re like me, you have tons of different colors of flip flops to go with different outfits. I bet you anything, my flip flop collection is worth hundreds. I need different flip flop styles for different occasions, and then tons of colors for each occasion. My husband thinks I’m crazy. Maybe I am; please tell me I’m not the only one!

The wonderful thing about this idea is it combines the love of crafts and RIBBON, with my love of flip flops in the summer. I’m hooked!

Interchangeable Flip Flops - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Since this was my first attempt, there are a few things I would change, and I’ll go over that throughout the post. The fun thing about this project is you can use whatever ribbon and then have fun with accessorizing. As you can tell from my flower, I need practice in that area!

First, you need glue and velcro. I bought the same size velcro as my ribbon, and I should’ve bought smaller. The new Old Navy flip flop straps are so tiny though. I used 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon AND 5/8″ velcro. If you can find smaller velcro, go for it! Also, I would use black if you’re going to use black flip flops.

The glue I used was E-6000, but there is this cool glue called Flip Flop Glue you can get at the craft store. It is non-toxic, which is great when you have little ones around. My glue wasn’t holding very well at first so I used alligator clips to hold it down over night.

Then I cut my ribbon to fit and sewed it together. Then I sewed on the velcro.

I added a little loop on my flip flops because I love the black and white polka dot. I wanted to use it with many different accessories. I will probably use a pin to attach whatever I want to use.

Interchangeable Flip Flops - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Here is a picture of the cute ones made on Make It and Love It. It’s much neater than mine! Hopefully my second pair turn out cuter. 🙂


1. Creativity takes practice. 🙂 I learned this when I was trying to make my accessory.

2. Make sure to get the sew on velcro.



ALSO – I got my fabric and patterns for super cute skirts under the patterns tab on The Ribbon Retreat. I’m scared to death, since I’ve never sewn from a pattern before. I’m so excited though! I will be updating on that!

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  1. Posted June 11, 2010 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    You wouldn¡¯t believe it but I¡¯ve wasted all day digging for some articles about this. You¡¯re a lifesaver, it was an excellent read and has helped me out to no end. Cheers,

  2. Posted June 2, 2014 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Thank you to post the detail technical idea of designing flip flops,your products are looking so cute…I hope this will use full to me
    and may get some more of it…waiting for your blog

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 6, 2014 at 8:53 am | Permalink

      Thank you so much for your comment! We are so glad that you like these fun Flip Flops! Have a wonderful day and thank you again so much for sharing! Michelle 🙂

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