ruffly sandal makeover {mini} TUTORIAL

sorry for being a tease yesterday!! i wasn’t sure if anyone would want a tutorial for my ruffly sandal makeover….boy, was i wrong! lol thanks for the comment love yesterday :)
i took only a few pics of the process, so this will be a mini tutorial today. sorry!!
  • sandals
  • i used 1/8 of a yard of swim suit fabric for the ruffles. {i can’t think of think of the official name right now, haha}
  • thread and needle
  • hot glue gun {yep, you guys were right}
  • lighter/candle/fray check
taking these black sandals from simple to sexy in a few minutes! here’s how:
Step 1. measure how long the strap is that you want to add ruffles to. mine measured 3 inches. (i didn’t want ruffles between my toes) take that number and multiply it by 10. for example: 3″ times 10″ = 30″. this will be your fabric’s length.
Step 2. next cut two 4″ strips by the length you determined in the step before. so i cut two 4″x30″ strips of fabric.
Step 3. using a lighter or candle, lightly singe all edges of each strip to prevent fraying. it made my edges curl slightly, which i thought was a cool look. plus i’m impatient. but fray check would work great too. especially for any other color of fabric than black because it can turn your edges black.
Step 4. fold your strips in half length wise, shiny side on the inside. and iron with cool iron. i only wanted hints of shiny material in the ruffles for more depth and texture. i didn’t want too much shine. but you could totally do shiny side out for a different look.
Step 5. sew a basting stitch (long stitch, no backstitching) along the edge without going off.
Step 6. pull one thread to create gathers. you’ll want to gather it pretty tightly.
Step 7. take the gathers and fold into ruffles.
Step 8. using a needle and thread, hand stitch the ruffles in place and trim excess threads.
Step 9. hot glue the ruffles to your sandal strap. for my sandals, hot glue worked great because of the stitching on the sandal strap created a strong bond. if your sandals do not have stitching or a rough texture, you may want to use a different adhesive.
now enjoy your sexy new foot candy!
a couple people mentioned they may be interested in purchasing a pair of ruffly sandals. if so, email me your size and i’ll see if i can find these sandals in the size you need.

happy crafting!
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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    Super cute! I love them :)

    I think you were going for Lycra maybe :)

  2. 2
    1 Funky Woman


  3. 3
    Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy

    Swimsuit material!?!?! I was trying to figure out what it was! SMART! Love them!

  4. 4
    Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner]

    I'm loving this!! Such a good idea :]

  5. 5
    Whatever Dee-Dee wants

    How cute are those sandals?!

  6. 6

    These are just absolutely adorable!!!

  7. 7
    Jen @

    Darling!! I want to make some. Such a fun project!!


  8. 9

    Yes..I think these are adorable! I want those sandals!!

  9. 10

    I saw some sandals like this online, but I didn't want to buy it because I was thinking of doing something. Still haven't got to it though! Thanks for sharing. It is cute!

  10. 11
    BigSis LilSis

    This is great! I love the one for the zipper ballet flats too. I will be giving these both a try this summer :) I am a new follower from your feature on Ucreate!

  11. 12

    So cute–I think it would be a great way to dress up some inexpensive flip flops, too.

  12. 13

    Nice idea.

  13. 14

    LOVE these!! Adorable!

  14. 15

    They are really cute! Great job!!!

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  16. 17

    Hi! These are really cute and crafty but I was wondering what brand the sandals are!? I have been lookin for black sandals and those are perfect!