Easy Travel Spa Slippers -- From Inexpensive Flip-flops!
October 3, 2013
So, I like to wear scuffs around the house. I also like to take them on trips. I also like to paint my toenails without exposing the soles of my feet, because I am a delicate tulip who never ever goes barefoot outside of the shower. And I like the soles of anything slipper-like to be a little more rigid and not floppy. And I always struggled with finding footwear that I liked that met all of these needs. Until I started making them myself, using dollar-store flip-flops and terry cloth scraps.
This is a super easy project -- you can churn out a few pair in an afternoon, though there is some dry time to factor in.
First, I gently remove the straps from the flip flops, trying not to tear any of the base. You may lose a little bit of the rubbery area around the very center of the holes, but it's not a big catastrophe if you do.
Then, I slather the top side of the flip-flop with Mod Podge, and apply a piece of terry cloth directly to it. I like to flip the Mod Podge side down onto the terry cloth so I can apply pressure with my hand to help the bond along. I start with a piece of terry that's bigger than the flip-flop, then I trim it to the edge once the adhesive is dry. The Mod Podge keeps the fabric from fraying, so the unfinished edge holds up quite well.
To cover the straps, I cut lengths of terry cloth about 2.5 inches wide, and long enough to cover each section of the straps with a little extra length . I fold the raw edges in around the strap section and stitch them closed. You could make a casing and then pull it onto the strap sections, but I find that to be arduous in comparison. You'll have unfinished edges at the ends of the these coverings, but no worries -- they'll get handled in just a bit.
To reassemble the flipflops, you'll have to open up the terry cloth you Mod Podged to them so the strap ends will fit through. I usually make a small cut, then use pointed pliers as I would an awl, widening the hole without cutting any more fibers than is absolutely necessary.
Once I get the straps back in place (it can involve a bit of manhandling), I get out the hot glue gun and glue the ends of the strap casings onto the bed of the flip-flop. The hot glue really gets into the fibers of both layers and prevents fraying on the cut edges.
To finish things off, I also glue a little something decorative at the V-point where the two straps come together.I favor pom-poms and small flowers, but anything's fair game! (I'm thinking about a Halloween pair with eyeballs as the trim.) Again, the glue keeps the terry from fraying, and it holds up surprising well through wear after wear.
Suitcase ready! I call these travel slippers, but I actually end up wearing them for months after I return home. They last a surprisingly long time, I find!
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