Wednesday, March 7, 2012

DIY: up-cycled convertible sandals

after ooh-ing and ahh-ing for quite some time over these adorable sandals from papé of brazil i realized....duh can totally make these.  and it just so happened that i already had a pair of cheap sandals that i hated ready for deconstruction.  i just love the idea of convertible anything! one item of clothing that can be worn in many different ways....genius! the perfect summer sandal that can have many different fabric straps that are easily switched to go with any outfit....i mean seriously, who wouldn't want that!?!? so here is what i did:

step 1:

first i removed the old, unwanted straps from my sandals. 
 this left me with the three leather loops.  
if you don't have sandals to deconstruct you could add loops to a cheap pair for flops.

step 2:

using some old scraps of fabric (that you may recognize from this project),
i cut 2 strips that where approximately 3 inches wide by 2 feet. 
*note: the next pair of straps i may make a little shorter.

fold each strip in half and sew right sides together,
 leaving a gap in the end to turn right side out.
tuck the open end into its self and top stitch shut.

step 3:

play with your new laces. 
there is no wrong or right way to lace them up, so get creative!
the papé website offers great tutorials on how to lace them if you are feeling uninspired.


  1. how fun, what a cool way to make sandles!!

    1. Thanks! They are really wonderful and easy to wear! Plus making new straps is a great way to expand my wardrobe and use up all those fabric scraps!


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