Tuesday, April 24, 2012

DIY T-shirt Upcycle to Barefoot Sandals


Did you guys see me last month over at U-Create? You didn't? 
Well, you're in luck because I am going to repeat myself here! 


If you did and made these already I would love, love, love for you to share a photo with me on Facebook or by email.

Bug is turning into such a little girly girl! She loves anything girly {tutus, ballet shoes, frilly dresses}. When I made these for her she wore them all day long and even asked to sleep in them. What's even better is it cost me nothing to make these! I had everything right here in the house to whip these up and you probably do too.


Materials:
-an old tshirt
-scissors
-matching thread and needle
-matching felt
-hot glue gun and glue
-a baby/toddler/child

What to do {I don't sew...like ever...so #1) if I can do this, so can you & 2.) if I use the wrong sewing/clothing term, forgive me}:

1. Cut the bottom hem off your tee. Cut a couple strips of your tee about an inch wide. Cut one side so it is no longer a loop. Pull it so the edges pull together kind of. {It's like making t-shirt yarn - instructions here} You will be using the rest of the tee {or a good part of it} for the flower.


2. Cut a piece of your felt in an oval {mine was about 2" long and 1" wide} Bug is 2 1/2 so if you are making these for a baby you are going to want it a little smaller.

3.  Using these instructions you are going to cut 18 petals for your flower. {my flower was 3" around for Bug. Again, if you are making for a baby, maybe you want to make your flower a little smaller}

4. Take your strips of tshirt and measure from one side of your child's foot, under their foot to the other side. Mark and cut. Cut 6 strips this size. {the tshirt will stretch so you don't need to leave extra room for sewing}

5. Gather all your materials.


5.  Sew three of the strips along the long side of the felt oval.


6. Sew the other sides of the strips to the other side of the felt oval {making it like a ring}.

 I should have sewn them to be placed evenly on each side...oops.


7. Following the flower instructions, make your flower onto the felt oval.



Would ya look at that, you can even wear it as a little bracelet!

8. Take 2 of the strands at the bottom and sew to pinch them together {these will be the straps that go on the bottom of the foot}.


9.  Smile big for saving yourself about $20 and recycling a tshirt in the process!

10. Grab your cute little girl and decorate her feet! 



You can even put them over socks to discourage your little one from taking their socks off in the winter months when they insist their feet won't get cold but you know they will!

Bug loves these! I was shocked because she never wants to wear or model anything I make for her...but she even wanted to go to bed with these on her feet after wearing them all day!

YOU made it:

 Not Always With Thread made some for her little one and herself! Check them out here.

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48 comments:

  1. Absolutely adorable! I'm pinning this tutorial! Megan

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  2. So cute! I'm pinning for future reference!

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  3. These are so cute!! I think I need to make some for my daughter!!

    Shannon@SewSweetCottage

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  4. Oh, you did such a great job!! they are JUST like the ones I posted awhile back. Now I don't to spend so much. :)

    http://owensolivia.blogspot.com/2011/07/july-25-etsy-precious-little-one.html

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  5. These are really cute! I think I need to try to make some!

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  6. These are super cute. I would love if you shared it on my link party.

    http://www.kampenlane.com/2012/04/show-off-monday-3-and-craft.html

    ~Taylor-Ann

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    1. Thanks for the invite! :) I love me a link party!

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  7. Too cute!! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It and Win It Wednesday @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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  8. I LOVE this!!!! Thank you for sharing!

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  9. Girl, where were you when I needed you about 8 months ago!?! I ended up buying some off Etsy (happy to help etsy shops) but this is adorable and I'm thankful to know I'm not the only one who doesn't sew-- its good to know that its not as hard as it looks!! Great job! Thanks for linking up to SHOW US YOUR FIND!

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  10. So cute! I was hoping to find a pattern to crochet some of these, but the T-shirt idea works too. Very cute!

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    1. You're in luck...I have a pattern posted for crochet ones too! You can find it here: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2012/03/crochet-barefoot-sandal-free-crochet.html

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  11. Love this, I am going to make these!

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  12. This is too cute! I am going to try this for my daughter.

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  13. This is so so so cute!! I love it!! I want a little girl just for these!!

    Please stop by and link these up!!

    http://natural-nester.blogspot.com/2012/04/naturally-nifty-linky-party-11.html

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  14. So, so adorable. Thanks for sharing because I'm sure my 5 year old would love them!

    Gabby
    The...Late, Young Family

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  15. Oh my goodness....those are so stinking cute!!! I wish I had a little girl to make these for. Everyone I know, including myself, are having boys. So cute and looks super easy to make:))

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  16. Thanks so much for sharing this over at The Winthrop Chronicles!

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  17. How cute is that!?! My girls would love them. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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  18. Oh wow those are adorable! I will totally have to make these for my niece!

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  19. That is doggone sweet! Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

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  20. These are so beautiful and sound really simple-I dont sew but am going to give them a go! Thank you x

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  21. Super cute idea! My daughter would enjoy making these. :-) I'm visiting from Earning My Cape blog hop. I'm now following and look forward to seeing more of your creative ideas!
    Sharla

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    1. Thank you for coming by. I'm loving your blog...I'm a new follower! :)

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  22. Oh WOW these are beyond darling! And I love the yellow. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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  23. These are mindblowingly cute! Even a non-sewer like myself can manage them. You are going to be featured this week at our Pin'inspiration Party CP:

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  24. You were featured this week for the Tute Tuesday linkup! Thanks for linking- LOVE this project!
    http://threeyearsofdeath.blogspot.com/2012/04/tute-tuesday-link-up-12.html

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    1. Yipee! Thank you so much for the feature. I'm on my way to link up my newest! :)

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  25. So I just absolutely adore these cute little sandals!! That is why we featured you on our Naturally-Nifty Linky Party today!!

    Stop by and pick up a button to brag with on your blog! Also we pinned this on Pinterest!

    This week's party is live now, so stop by and link up!!

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  26. These are what my life has been missing and I think I have some yellow t-shirt fabric somewhere

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  27. Super cute, thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  28. I could just eat her little feet!! (in a totally non-threatening way, of course) Love these!! Thanks for linking up to Fantabulous Friday!

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  29. Can you do a step by step on how you made the flowers? these are so adorable

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  30. So cute.. Can you post a tutorial on how to make the flowers?

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    1. There is a link in the post on where I found the tutorial for the flowers. :)

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  31. I love these! I may have to make these for my 14 month old...hopefully she keeps them on longer than her regular shoes.

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