Braided Ribbon Flip Flops Tutorial

Braided Ribbon Flip Flops Tutorial

Finished Braided Ribbon Flip Flops Tutorial
Materials Needed:
Satin Flowers with Felt Backs
Grosgrain Ribbon
Flip Flops
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Stick
Scissors
Lighter (not shown)

Materials Braided Ribbon Flip Flops

Step One:

Measure the length of the straps on your flip flops. Cut 8 strands of ribbon 4 times the length of your straps plus 4”. Mine were 6.25”, so my ribbon ended up at about 29” in length. You will need 4 strands for each flip flop—2 strands for each side.

Using your lighter, light it and quickly run it across the starting ends of each strand. This will seal the ends of your ribbon from unraveling. I didn’t have a lighter, so we’re pretending I did this J

Step Two:

Using the ribbon with the end that has been sealed with the lighter, hot glue a loop in one end of each of your ribbons, careful not to burn yourself. It doesn’t really matter which side of the ribbon you put the loop on, even if it is patterned on one side. Because both sides will end up showing.

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Step Three:

Each side of your flip flop will need two strands of ribbon. Slip the loop of one of your ribbons through the loop on the other with the glued edge on the bottom of both.

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Step Four:

Bring the ribbon strand on the right and make a loop as shown below. Slip the loop through the loop that belongs to the same strand. This is the only time you are going to loop into a loop of the same strand. I hope that makes sense.

Step Four Braided Ribbon Flip Flops Collage

Step Five:

Now bring a loop up with the opposite strand and loop it through your previous loop (in this case, loop the yellow through the pink loop that you just made in the last step).

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Step Six:

Continue to push loops through loops of the opposite strand. You will need to tighten the loops as you go to avoid a loose braid.

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Step Seven:

Keep measuring your braid strand against the length of your flip flops. When it is at the length you need, pull both ribbon strands all the way through their last loops as shown below.

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Step Eight:

Next, cut the strands to a short length that can be wrapped to the back of your braid and hot glued. Using your lighter again, seal these two short ends. Then glue them to the back of your braid strand to hide them.

Step Eight Braided Ribbon Flip Flops Collage

 

Step Nine:

Repeat all of the above steps to make a second strand. Then hot glue them to your flip flop straps.

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Step Ten:

You could just leave them like that. They are pretty cute. But, I wanted a flower.

Using your hot glue, glue the felt backed satin flower to the spot in front where your two braided strands meet.

Finished Braided Ribbon Flip Flops

How fun are these things?! They would be great for girl’s camp, sleepovers, or to show your school spirit. They can be made in a wide variety of color combos and with different embellishments and such. So much fun!  It is a cheap and easy way to have a girls camp or a birthday party activity.  Would make a great birthday party favor.

Crochet Tube Top Sets

Crochet Tube Tops Sets

Just $4.99 Per Set

Tube Top For Tutus

We love these halter top tutu tops.  They are made with 2 of our 8″ crochet tops, some coordinating polka dot grosgrain ribbon and a hair flower.  The hair flower that you see at the top is interchangeable.  It is attached to a single prong alligator clip, so you can move it around, put it in your hair, or wherever it suits you best.  We chose to use 2 8″ crochet headbands so that the halter top was more modest.  Having two colors makes it not so see through.

These are really fun paired up with one of our tutus or pettiskirts for playing dress-up.  We have seen some of these used to help complete a Halloween costume.  For instance, you could use the red and black with a black pettiskirt or tutu to help create a cheap, inexpensive Lady Bug Halloween costume.  Just make some ears out of one of our satin lined plasic headband and you are good to go!

Let us know if you need help with your Halloween Costume planning or have any questions on our cute crochet tube tops!

Thank you,

AUP

 

Patriotic Sparkler Bow!

Who wants to see how I made this fabulous 4th of July themed boutique bow?  Isn’t this just so festive?  I love patriotic and red/white/blue items, especially on little girls.

Patriotic Hairbow

I actually have some cousins with daughters (lucky ladies!) who are going to be entering a local children’s parade. They are planning on a patriotic theme for their group, so they had asked me if I could teach them how to make some cute patriotic themed bows.

So, this is for them–and of course–for you!

You will Need:

1 Boutique Bow–tutorial at this link

1 Stacker Bow–tutorial at this link

1 8CM Lined French Clip–tutorial at this link

A Few Pieces of Star Wire Garland

A Rhinestone or Center Embellishment (optional)

A Scrap Piece (maybe 6″8″ long) of 3/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon

About 12″ of String

Hot Glue Gun and Glue Stick (not shown)

Directions:

Start by hot gluing your stacker bow to your boutique bow–center to center.

Lay your pieces of wire garland in a straight horizontal line center to your bow. Use the string to tie them to your bow nice and tight.

Now your thinking, “that is not cute” lol. That’s what this next step will take care of.

Pull your wire garland and fan it out on each side of the center string. Trim it up if you’ve made your pieces too long for your liking.

Now hot glue that scrap piece of coordinating 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon to the center of your bow like so. This piece will hide that ugly string you used in the last step.

Now flip your bow over to the backside. Take the center bar out of your lined french clip and hot glue it to the center of the back of your bow.

Wrap your 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon up and hot glue it to the french clip. Then trim the end off and run a lighter over it to heat seal it from unraveling. Do this to both ends of the ribbon.

Put the center bar back into your clip.

This is actually very cute without any center embellishments. So, you could just leave it this way.

4th of July Hairbow

Or, you can be like me, and just have to add a little more bling.

So, I hot glued the rhinestone to the center of my bow.

Voila! Done–isn’t it just adorable?

Red/White/Blue Hairbow

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And stay tuned for more tutorials and other fun posts!

How to Make a Stacked Bow

This tutorial is going to make use of all those other bow tutorials I’ve been teaching you with the last couple of weeks! We’re going to put all of those pieces together to make this nice big stacked bow!

Of course, if you don’t like it this big, you can leave any part of it out that you like. I just like a nice big bow.

And, if you leave a comment, you’ll have a chance to win this beauty! So get those comments in people!

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You will need:

**Note** For a complete list of items needed to make the pieces of this stacked bow, click on the highlighted links on the piece name. That will take you to an older post of how to make the piece you are clicking on.

1 Boutique Bow (minus the finishing ribbon and clip)

1 Loopy Surrounder Bow

1 Layered Spike Bow (minus the finishing ribbon and clip)

1 Topper Bow (minus the finishing ribbon)

Lined French Clip (or you can leave it unlined, whatever you prefer)

1 Scrap Piece of Coordinating Ribbon

Scissors

Lighter (not shown)

Glue Gun and Sticks (not shown)

Directions:

Start by putting a good dab of hot glue on the back of your loopy surrounder bow.

Now glue it to your boutique bow as shown below. Or sideways if you like. It’s totally up to you. Careful not to burn yourself!

Make sure you put some pressure on the spot with the glue and give it a minute or so to dry before moving onto the next step. We need this thing to be sturdy!

Next, using a good fair amount of glue in the center (because this piece is pretty bulky), hot glue your layered spikey bow on top of the loopy surrounder bow.

Again, put some pressure on it with your fingers and hold for a minute or so.

You could stop here and finish off. But, since this is a stacked bow, and I need to use those pieces you’ve learned to make, let’s hot glue that topper bow in the center of your layered spike bow.

Looking cute! Now for finishing up!

Take your scrap ribbon piece and tie a knot in the center. Or you can just leave it straight if you like. Glue the lengthwise center of that piece to the vertical center of your bow.

Now take the bar out of the center of your french clip and hot glue it to the back of your bow.

Take the tails on that scrap piece of ribbon and wrap them around the back of your bow.

Hot glue the ends to the underside of your french clip. Trim the ends off and heat seal with your lighter.

*TIP* Use your lighter to burn off any flyaway glue pieces. Just run it lightly and quickly  over them–don’t linger or you’ll burn the ribbon or your hand!

Now you can put the bar back into your french clip and we’re done!

Don’t you just love it? Your turn! Give it a go. It isn’t as hard as it looks.  Don’t forget, this would look absolutely darling slipped through a crochet headbandBaby headbands are just getting so fun, aren’t they?

Tutorial: Layered Spike Bow

I have to say, this is my favorite bow tutorial so far. I hadn’t really expected it to turn out so well, but I just love it. And now I get to teach all of you how to do it!

Layered Spike Bow

You will need:

Layered Spike Bow SuppliesRibbon pieces–measurement and qty purely depend on how big you want your bow and how many layers you’d like. I ended up with 4 layers. I didn’t use the lime green 5/8″ ribbon pictured.

Scissors

String

A Lighter

Directions:

Start by cutting your ribbon pieces down to the length that you want them. As I said above, the length you need depends totally on how you want your bow to look. My bow ended up at about 4.5″ wide. The Pink layer on bottom was cut at 5″ before trimming and sealing. Then I cut each layer a little bit smaller than the one under it. I didn’t use the lime green ribbon 5/8″ ribbon because I just thought there were enough layers without it.

Then, cut the ends how you like them to look. I like mine in V cuts. So that’s how I cut them except the 3/8″ swiss dot ribbon. I just angle cut that because it was too small.

This is how I V cut. Fold your ribbon in half, then cut from the fold down toward the corners on the end. Perfect V every time.

Now heat seal all of your ends. This takes some time, but don’t skip it unless you want your ribbon to fray. Just run a lighter really quickly over all of the V-cut ends. Don’t linger–you will start to burn the ribbon (speaking from experience :)).

Take the ribbons that will go on bottom and crease fold them in the center like this:

Still holding your first creased ribbon, do the second and third ones the same way–holding all of them tight.

Now, hold them together and wrap the string tightly around the center. Tie a knot in the string and trim loose ends. That’s your first layer!

Do this to all of your other ribbons putting them together as you see fit–no rules here.

Next, take your glue gun and glue the layers together in the center where the string is tied one by one, stacking them on top of one another.

Tie more string around the entire stack to help keep it from falling apart in some poor little girl’s hair.

Now just hot glue a small piece of coordinating 3/8″ ribbon around the center and heat seal the ends. Voila–super sweet layered spikey bow!

Layered Spike Bow**Note**This bow is the 4th piece in a 6 part series that ends in a stacked bow tutorial. The other pieces in the series are:

Step 1: Lined French Clip

Step 2: Boutique Bow

Step 3: Loopy Surrounder Bow,

Step 4: Layered Spikey Bow

Step 5: Topper Bow

Step 6: Putting it all together Stacked Bow.  If you don’t have time, or want to purchase all of the supplies, we do have a lot of hair bows for sale.  We have a huge selection of wholesale, cheap hairbows that you can purchase.

Tutorial: How to Line a French Clip

How to line a French ClipI never knew how to do this, and honestly never thought of doing it. But my niece had a bow with a lined french clip in her hair the other day that just seemed like it looked a lot more ‘finished’ than an exposed one.

So I decided to find out how to do it. And today I pass that knowledge onto you!

You will need:

How to line a french clip suppliesFrench Clip (this one is 8 CM, or 80MM)

3/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon Piece (this one is about 8″ in length)

Scissors

Glue Gun and Sticks (not pictured)

Lighter (not pictured)

Directions:

Start by taking the center bar out of your clip being careful not to bend it like I did :)

Now place a dab of hot glue on the inside of one end on your clip. It doesn’t really matter which end.

Stick one end of your ribbon in on top of the hot glue pretty side up. This actually may be easier if you put the ribbon in first and then put the hot glue under it once you have it in position. Hindsight………….

Turn your clip over and run a bead of glue down the length of your clip.

Wrap your ribbon around the end and over the glue adhering it to the clip.

Wrap the ribbon around to the back again and under the little prongs on your clip.

Run a bead of hot glue down the length of the inside of the clip, pull the ribbon taught and press it down onto the hot glue adhering the ribbon to the clip.

Trim off any excess ribbon  and use your lighter to heat seal the ends. Just run a flame over the exposed end quickly–don’t linger or it will burn your ribbon.

Now just put your center bar back in (carefully), and voila! Wasn’t that easy? And I just think it really makes your hair bows a lot more finished and professional looking.

Thanks for visiting, and make sure to come back often for more fun ideas and tips!

How to line a French Clip

**Note**This is the 1st piece in a 6 part series that ends in a stacked bow tutorial. The other pieces in the series are:

Step 1: Lined French Clip

Step 2: Boutique Bow

Step 3: Loopy Surrounder Bow,

Step 4: Layered Spikey Bow

Step 5: Topper Bow

Step 6: Putting it all together Stacked Bow