How to Make Barefoot Sandals


For her beach wedding, my sister-in-law asked me to make barefoot sandals for her and my nieces.  It ended up being a pretty simple and fun project (until I ran out of beads).


1.  You'll need small plastic beads, stretch cord, a ruler, and scissors.
2.  Starting with about 18 inches of string cord, string on some very small beads.  I used about 40 seed beads for these.  Push them to the center of the cord.  These will form the loop around the toe.
3.  Bring the ends of the cord together and put them through a larger bead.
4.  String on a few more larger beads making a straight line.
5.  Separate the ends again.  Right now your sandal should look like a Y with a loop at the end.  Now you'll form the ankle strap.  String on more beads
6.  Slide the sandal onto your foot.  Knot the ends of the stretch cord together.

This is just one of many variations of the barefoot sandal.  They're popular accessories for beach weddings as well as just hanging out poolside.  Be sure not to use metal beads or charms, because they will get very hot in the sun.

-Mandy

30 comments:

  1. These look like so much fun to make and pretty to wear!!

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    1. Swarovski beads make them really pretty. I wish I had made a pair for myself. :)

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  2. That is super cute - I really like these!

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    1. Thanks! You should check out some other styles of these.

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  4. Okay those would be perfect for a beautiful beach wedding!

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  5. Those are genius, love them :)) x

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  6. brilliant! your sis-in-law must have done back-flips over how they turned out. so pretty, love the footsies shot!!! ♥

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    1. Haha. The bare one belongs to my brother. :)

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  7. nice! it was a good thing to learn

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  8. these are awesome mandy!!! love this idea, i think my daughter would dig this just for summer for her ya know...anytime really!

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  9. Oh my! This is really pretty!

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  10. Im making these for myself and my bridesmaids for my beach wedding in September. Mine turned out wonderful. They are beautiful and cost little to nothing to make.

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  11. Amazing but where to get it?

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    1. You can find supplies at your local craft store.

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  12. Do you have a sizing chart/guide? What lenght stretch cord would I use for a shoe size 7 1/2 and a shoe size 6? I can't use my own foot to help. It's a shoe size 9!

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    1. No, I don't. You might be able to find one online.

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  13. I made these with the stretch magic string and they were impossible to tie. I ended up having to buy crimper beads to crimp the string together. Did you run into the same problem?

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    1. I didn't have any problems when tying them. Thanks for sharing your solution in case anyone else has the same issue!

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  14. I was wondering do you need to know the shoe size of the person your making thos for

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    1. It helps to know. They'll fit no matter what due to the elastic, but you may not have enough beads on the sandal if you make it too small.

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