How to Make Barefoot Sandals for Babies

how to make barefoot sandals

How To Make Barefoot Sandals

I knew having a baby girl would be fun to craft for, but I had no idea it would be THIS MUCH FUN!! Seriously, I’m kind of going nuts over here! Desi is 8 weeks old already has oodles of headbands and tons of adorable flower barefoot sandals. After I posted this picture on Instagram, I’ve had several requests for a tutorial on How to Make Barefoot Sandals. I promise, they are super easy and turn out so stinkin’ cute! Plus they make great baby shower gifts too!

  • 5/8″ fold over elastic
  • 2.5″ Chiffon Flowers {2/pair}
  • felt
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors

Size Guide for Elastic*

  • Newborn 2.5″
  • 0-3 Months 3″
  • 3-6 Months 3.5″
  • 6-12 Months 4″

*These are estimates only. All babies grow at different rates, so use your best judgement.*

Baby Barefoot Flower Sandals Tutorial

shabby flowers

1. Trim off the excess tulle from each of the chiffon flowers.

2. Cut 4 pieces of elastic for each pair of barefoot sandals you are making. Use the Size Guide above as a reference.

baby barefoot sandals tutorial

3. Take one piece of elastic and hot glue it across the center of the back of one flower as shown.

baby flower sandals

4. Take a second piece of elastic and hot glue it so that it loops around on one side of the flower. See picture above.

barefoot sandals with flowers

5. Cut a rectangle of coordinating felt to 1.5″x2″ and hot glue over the ends of the elastics. Snip corners so the felt doesn’t show when worn.

6. Repeat Steps 3-5 for the second flower.

Those were a breeze, right?

diy barefoot sandals

Put those cute barefoot flower sandals on your favorite little princess! I love that these sandals are soft on baby’s feet. Plus, you can show off her cute painted piggy toes, right?!

So who are you going to make these for? What colors? I’d love to hear!

>>If you enjoyed this craft, please share it with your friends on Pinterest or Facebook!!

Show off your barefoot baby sandals made with this tutorial on Instagram using hashtag #barefootbabysandalsdiy 

Happy crafting!! Linda

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When not crafting, I can be found chasing my 2 small {but very energetic!} boys or playing with my new baby girl. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    These are darling! Love, love, love!

  2. 2
    Sheila Moore

    Oh WOW Linda these are so stinking cute!!! Thanks for posting. My daughter’s BFF just had a baby girl a month ago so think I will make some for her. Thanks again for the post.

  3. 3

    These are simply adorable! I’ve pinned this for future reference in the event I will become a grandmother in the near future (hopefully, I will!) Thanks for sharing!

  4. 4

    OMG, how cute shoues for a baby! ;) I’m so excited ;)! Really nice one ;)! Maybe I will try to do something similar. Thank you so much for inspiration ;) In my country we say for this situation – ozdoby z filcu, dekoracje filcowe ;)

  5. 5

    These are adorable. Too bad I have no babies to make them for.

  6. 6

    oh my gosh, those are soooooooooooooo darling and such a sweet baby shower gift, or even a little sip and see! love love love

  7. 7

    Oh my goodness Linda these are so adorable!! Too bad my little girl is a active toddler because if I would have known that they were this simple when she was little I would have made about two dozen of them!!

  8. 8
    Christina Crandell

    My girls are too old for this but I pinned it so I can make shower gifts. I wonder if there is a manly version of this for boys. I’m having my first boy in 5 weeks…

  9. 9

    I sure do love me some baby feet hehe :) These are so cute!!

  10. 10

    These are beyond adorable! I just got some of these same supplies in the mail to make headbands for my new niece, and I’m going to have to add these to the list too!

  11. 11

    Adorable! I am thinking of making some for my niece. What resource did you use for the chiffon flowers?

      1. bdubs

        Thanks Linda! Much appreciated!

  12. 12

    I Love these…I have Made Many pair..Your Method is More simple than The way I have Made them..I was Using one piece of FOE and forming a figure 8 and sewing the foe and I also sew the flower then add my felt….Thanks for sharing your easier and faster method…….

  13. 13

    Do you make your own chiffon flowers or do you buy them? I’d love a tutorial on chiffon flowers! :) these are adorable!

    1. 13.1

      Hi Aubrey!
      I buy them. I got them from Pick Your Plum and The Ribbon Retreat. Hope that helps! Sorry I don’t have a tutorial for them!

  14. 15

    These are super cute. I made a few, I also used some crochet flowers that I had laying around. They are so easy to make, you could really involve a little one. How proud would they be to say, I made that for you!!!

    1. 15.1

      What a great idea, Marsha! They would make a great craft for a sibling to make for their little sister! I’ll bet your crochet flowers made lovely sandals :)
      best wishes,

      1. I will post pics on FB and tag you in them when my model has them on.

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  16. 16
    Haley Grossman

    Love this tutorial…baby barefoot sandals are so HOT right now. I just recently did a post on my brand new bog for “interchangeable baby barefoot sandals”. Hope you check it out.

  17. 17

    Oh my! These are just ADORABLE!
    Love them and have pinned them!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Lisa H.

  18. 18

    Do you have a tutorial on the chiffon flowers?

  19. 19
    Elizabeth Hollier

    these baby items are just great.

  20. 20

    Where do you find the supplies to make this item? I’ve been wanting to do something home-decor related for baby girl’s nursery involving those rosettes but I was thinking I’d have to make them from scratch. Where on earth can I buy those from premade? Also, where can I find the elastic piece-Micahel’s, JoAnn, Hobby Lobby or online somewhere. Please let me know!

    Thank you kindly,

    1. 20.1

      Hi Karla,
      I get the shabby flowers and elastic from for cheap or has them occasionally. I think has some as well. Hope that helps!

  21. 21

    I LOVE these! I have been making them with ribbon into bows, as well! I like your sizing. I’ve been having trouble with mine, so that’s helpful.

  22. 22

    Oh my, these are so darling! Our first granddaughter was born 3 months ago and I CAN’T wait to make several pairs for her! We would love to have you share this at our Saturday Link Party. Each link will be shown on two blogs, Made From Pinterest and Bakerette! It starts Fridays at 3pm, hope we see you there!

    Please remember to put a link back to Made From Pinterest at the bottom of your post(s).

  23. 23

    Super cute! I may have to make a white pair for my little girl’s Baptism next month instead of buying stiff shoes, thanks for the wonderful idea!

  24. 24

    LOVE the baby foot decor! Ill surprise my at her shower.
    Im the happiest cause of your fun ideas =)
    Thanks Linda

  25. 25
    Sheila H

    These are so adorable, i need to make them for my first grand daughter!

  26. 26

    awesome simple instructions thank you! where do you buy your flowers and elastic?

      1. andra

        thank u!

  27. 27

    Just thought I’d let you know someone is using your picture on Instagram and telling me that she made them herself…I google searched because the picture looked too professional and found your page :)

    1. 27.1

      Ugh!! Thanks for the heads up, Hailey! I really appreciate it! Do you know the user name on Instagram so that I can report her?

      1. Hailey

        I think it is @ainsleys_bowtiful_creations …it’s the main picture of the babies feet with thevtitle cropped out…underneath it I asked her if she made them and complimented her and she said yes :P And it’s no problem! She’s also claiming to make things other people have made.

  28. 28

    I must be out of the loop….where do you find the tulle flowers?

    My tiny Indian neighbor is having a baby girl in late March and I can only *hope* she will understand these.

  29. 29

    Hi, :)


    I’m having a hard time finding the printed elastic. Did you order this online or get it at a store?

    Thanks for the cool idea!

    1. 29.1

      Thanks, Joni! I found the printed fold over elastic online. Try shops like The Ribbon Retreat or Ribbons And Bows Oh My. :)

  30. 31

    Hi! Thanks for sharing these. They are so adorable! My daughter (she’s 13) wants to make these as gifts for the babies in our church nursery. I had a question about the measurement for the elastic pieces. If the size of the sandal is 6 to 12 months… do you cut 2 pieces of 4 inch elastic? Or is it one 4 inch piece cut into two 2 inch pieces? Thanks!

    1. 31.1

      Hi Jen! That is so thoughtful of your daughter! Is it for YM’s? For 6-12 mo size, you’ll need 4 – 4″ pieces of elastic for each pair, so a total of 16″ of elastic is used per pair. So sorry for the confusion!!

  31. 32
    kristen cooper

    I like that if I get bored with chiffon flowers, I can do bows or make fabric flowers to coordinate with the outfit :))

  32. 33

    So wish I have little ones around to make these for. Beautiful.

  33. 34

    That is a super cute and easy way of making these. I have always used the figure 8 style, but this is so much easier! I have also used 3/8″ korker ribbons (wrapped on small dowels) and made into a little pom to put on them and that turns out cute too. With your method, you could felt the underneath side of the korker to use like you do your flower.

  34. 35
    cindy graeve

    I loved this idea that i just had to do if for myself, I was just wondering Where to you get the printed elastic ?? Cause i only been finding the white and was wondering where to get the type that had designs on them?

  35. 36

    I love these sandals! I tried you tutorial and so so easy! Some other guides make it more difficult! I also really like your measurement guide as well! They have fit refectory with all I’ve made so far! I was wondering if you had any measurements for older kids, like up to 2 years by chance?? Thank you again!

    1. 36.1

      Yay! So glad you liked my tutorial :) I don’t have measurements for older kids. {my daughter is 11 mo} But I’ll try and measure a friend’s 2 year old and update the post with those measurements.

  36. 37

    Thanks for sharing!!!… This is the cutest idea out there for baby sandals!!!

  37. 38
    merie joy flores

    So cute! barefoot baby sandals is easy to make. I surely make one for my baby if i had in the future.

  38. 39
    judy houston

    Where do you purchase the chiffon flowers?

  39. 40

    I don’t like that your site in unPin-able. I DO NOT want to pin from your boards, I don’t like promoting Pinterest that way and it feels crappy that I cannot reward myself for surfing and finding your site by myself. Consider diving BACK into web coding and discovering how to prevent image-alone pins and still allow people to pin the page ON THEIR OWN. I am not pinning you. Sorry, will actually look for someone else doing the same thing and pin them instead. And this is not hating, but calling YOU on hating your viewers.

    1. 40.1

      Hi Namma,
      You can actually pin any image you’d like from my site. You do not have to pin my projects from my Pinterest boards. I am not sure why you think that, but that is completely untrue. My site is Pin-able. I apologize for somehow offending you. I do not hate my readers at all! I actually love them very much. I work very hard and spend many hours of my personal time to provide my readers with new ideas, crafts, free printables, and tutorials each day. I wish you all the best and hope you have a wonderful day.

  40. 41

    Hi Linda! I love your sandals and the great tutorial…..I’ve got to make some for my 6 month old GREAT-grandbaby! But I think the thing I like most is how well-used and loved your hot glue gun is! HA!!!! Keep having fun…..blessings…..Jill

    1. 41.1

      Thanks, Jill! I hope you do make some for your cute great-grandbaby! And yes, my glue gun is definitely my BFF! ;) Happy crafting! Linda

  41. 42


    I’m expecting a baby boy. For months and months I was nearly 100% convinced I was having a girl, daydreamed about all the clothes and accessories I will make for her as I’m a craft addict myself. At 6 months I’ve finally found out I was having a boy. I have saved this project before that, and I must confess, each time I took a quick look at your sandals I broke down and cried. I know it’s silly, but I’m sure many of the women here are familiar with the feeling.
    Took me some time to get over myself :) and realized, I could let myself indulge in this little project for my friend’s daughter. She is a few weeks behind me with her pregnancy so they will make a lovely gift for little bebe girl…thank you so much for sharing the instructions!

  42. 43
    Isis Latham

    Great easy tutorial!

  43. 44
    Marcia Tate

    Love the Baby Shoes!

  44. 45

    Adorable and so simple!

    —- NOTE —-
    You seem to have a broken/non-working link above under, Supplies > Chiffon Flowers.

  45. 46
    veronica espana

    precious and very helpfull diy

  46. 47

    Hello everyone!! I’m expecting my 1st Grandbaby Nov 2nd, in less 4 weeks. My husband and I are soooooo excited. I think these are sooooooooooooo cute!! I’d rather make these instead of paying $5-$12 each. Where would be the cheapest place to order the materials?

    1. 47.1

      Congrats on the soon to be grand baby! I usually get these supplies from The Ribbon Retreat or Ribbons And Bows Oh My {both online}. Hope that helps! :)

  47. 48
    Catherine Taylor

    These are so Awesome! Can’t wait to try to make. Thank you for sharing your Beautiful Work.

  48. 49

    Are the measurements not to small??