Ode to the Flip-Flop
June 5, 2008
School has only been out a few days, but soon mothers will be looking for ideas to occupy their children. I agree with the Fabric Maverick that the flip-flop is a staple of summertime. This humble shoe can be bought as cheaply as $1.99. It has no ambitions of lasting a long time not even through the summer. Everyone wants to personalize their flip-flops. This is perhaps the first time a young girl begins to think of accessories! The good thing about flip-flops is that they are not gender specific. My 6 year old consultant was not available to test these projects but I believe these would rate 2 thumbs up!
The first project can be done by anyone who can tie a knot.
1 pair of flips-flops
3. Fabric scraps
4. Rotary cutter (wave is nice) and mat
An adult should cut the fabric into 1/2 inch fabric widths.
1 The fabric strips should measure about 7 1/2 inches long x 1/2 inch wide. These can be estimated. Only adults should use a rotary cutter and mat.
2. Divide strips into colors.
3. Tie each strip around the thong center and knot.
4. Trim the strips to the length that you want.
Voila! You are done. Repeat with the second flip-flop.
Different size yo-yos
Fabric measuring at least 5 inches square
Using 5 inch squares create yo-yos according to instructions.
Layer yo-yos in a pleasing pattern (See picture)
Attach with Fabri-tac (Adult should handle glue)
Attach each yo-yo to thong section of flip-flop in a pleasing manner using a glue suitable to attach fabric to plastic.
For full instructions for the second project, I refer you to the Michael Miller website.
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