Ribbon Flip Flops

Ribbon Flip Flops - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I think there is nothing more fun than doing a craft with the whole family. Especially one that adults and kids can enjoy. These ribbon flip flops are PERFECT for that!

making ribbon flip flops at a family reunion

My family had a big family reunion, and one of our crafts we did were these flip flops. I love how awesome each and every single one of them turned out. So do you want to know how to make them yet…? 🙂

You need:

Flip flops


I bought all the flips flops from Old Navy to get the 2 for $5.00 deal, but you can buy them anywhere. Next, all you need is a Grab Bag from The Ribbon Retreat. The Grab Bag we got was like the Mega Grab Bag of all Grab Bags! There was SO much ribbon! My bag was cute as can be, full of ribbon for everyone’s tastes! There were even some boy ones for my little guy! (He just couldn’t stay away from all the fun!)

having fun making ribbon flip flops

having fun making ribbon flip flopsWould you be able to stay out of all this fun?! See, you can’t blame him! 🙂

preparing to make ribbon flip flops

The first thing you do is cut strips of ribbon to tie. Make sure you bring plenty of scissors for everyone to cut. You can choose as many colors and sizes as you want. Generally, a bigger size will pop out more. The length of ribbon can be whatever you want. Try tying the ribbon before cutting it to see how long you will need it. Make it much longer than you want the actual length to be so you have enough room to tie. Cut as much as you want. You can always cut more.

I cut the ribbon pieces to be the exact length I wanted. This made it SO difficult to tie! I learned my lesson and now I’m sharing with you. 🙂

cut after you tie the ribbon

I put my ribbon in a pattern I wanted to use. I also used strips of fabric, if you want to do that as well. You then tie the ribbon on with two knots, then slide towards the bottom of the flip flop. Continue tying and sliding until you get to the middle. Then start on the other side; you can slide the ribbon towards what you’ve done already or start towards the bottom and slide down.

Once the ribbon looks the way you want, you can leave the length or get your scissors out and start cutting! You can use pinking shears to get a cute jagged edge.

Ribbon Flip Flops - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}These ones are a perfect example of having a great length for tying.
After all the ribbon was tied, it was cut down to be super cute!

This activity makes quite the mess, but the cuteness makes up for it!
We all wore our cute flip flops the entire reunion. I loved them!

Another thing I did was embellish the center of my flip flops with a flower from the fabric I used. Then I used strips of ribbon and fabric behind it, cutting the edges to be like flower petals. I love how mine turned out!

Ribbon Flip Flops - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Here is my cute niece before she started with some of her ribbon choices.


Ribbon Flip Flops - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Don’t you LOVE how hers turned out?! I love these on cute little feet!

My other niece did some spirit colors for her high school. Wouldn’t these be awesome at a football game?!

Ribbon Flip Flops - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

And the amazing thing is, all of this ribbon came from the same grab bag! The possibilities seem endless!

Summer is the time for family reunions, so I hope this is an activity that will be fun for you all!
And I’d love to hear about how it went! 🙂

Like my flip flops? Here is what I used:

Summersong by My Mind’s Eye by Riley Blake
I used three of the fabrics in that line. I love them!
I need to use these fabrics for a cute skirt or bag.
Moonstitch Ribbon – Lemongrass/White Stitching
Double Ruffle Ribbon – Hot Pink
Swiss Dot Ribbon – Celadon, Light Pink, and Old Rose

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  1. Andrea
    Posted June 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Cute 🙂

  2. Julie
    Posted June 8, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    LOVE!! I have a bow business and we have been asked to do birthday parties, but we weren’t sure of a craft that the kiddos could actually do themselves… this is perfect!! Thanks for sharing, might have to add a grab bag on our next order!!

  3. Darby
    Posted June 11, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    how many flip flops did one grab bag make? I’ve got a reunion next month and this would be so fun to do! 🙂

    • Shirley
      Posted June 14, 2010 at 11:34 am | Permalink

      Hi Darby! One grab bag has about 80+ yards of ribbon in it. It’s hard to say exactly how many it will do since a lot of it depends on the size of ribbon you use and whether it is for a little girl with teeny feet or for an adult. You can for sure make 5+ flip flops with one grab bag. Let me know if you have any other questions! 🙂

  4. Jackie @ 3 Little Ones
    Posted June 14, 2010 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    ooohhh!!! I LOVE it!!!! What a great idea. I’ve been thinking of giving handstamping a try – you may have just inspired me to take the plunge!! 🙂

  5. Jackie @ 3 Little Ones
    Posted June 14, 2010 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    oops – sorry – i just realized my above comment was really for your post on the washer necklace – sorry – I was going through all your posts – i just found your blog and i’m liking it 🙂

  6. jennifer
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    we do this for our cheer team, but have you ever tried it for tennis shoes? our summer practice season is coming to an end and i would like to make some more bows for the girls to wear on thier tennis shoes, do you have any idea if i should do it the same way as flip flops or on a clip of some kind? any ideas would be helpful.

    • Shirley
      Posted October 16, 2011 at 11:23 am | Permalink

      Hi Jennifer! I think that you could definitely use the same technique on the shoe laces for tennis shoes. It may be a little difficult to take them off though. I can just imagine having to take them off if/when they get dirty. I think if I were you, I would probably do a clip. You could do korkers on a clip or check out this post – Candy Corn Pillowcase Dress. Towards the bottom you will see how she made the clip to match this dress. It uses fabric strips, but ribbon would work as well and give that same sort of look on the flip flops. The french barrette would also stay really well on the shoe laces. I hope this works for you! 🙂

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