Friday, August 7, 2009

How to make beaded slippers

Wearing slippers (tsinelas) as a fashion statement began just a few years ago, but thanks to its extreme comfort and versatility, this trend is here to stay. Women treat flip-flops like dressed-up sandals.

Materials needed:

  • Long nose pliers, P35 to P120
  • Fishing line (30mm thick), P40 for a big roll
  • Heavy duty glue gun, P200 to P300,
  • Small glue stick, P3 to P5 per piece, (All available at hardware stores)
  • Scissors
  • Needles
  • 1 pair of plain rubber slippers or flip-flops, P25 at wholesale price (available at department stores or Divisoria)
  • 1 to 1.5 yards of satin or organza ribbons, P4 to P8 per yard
  • Various accessories (i.e. beads, pearls, sequins), P0.05 to P10 per piece. (Both available at fabric stores)

Getting started:
  1. Check the flip-flops to make sure there is no damage or defect, and the surface is clean and dry.

  2. To provide a strong base on which to secure the accessories, you’ll need to wrap the thong especially on the top middle part where the toes are inserted with a ribbon.

  3. Keep wrapping the ribbon around the thong, continuously using the glue gun as you go to secure placement. Make sure the ribbon lies flat on the thong, especially on the top middle part where the toes are inserted. Finish on the upper part of the flip-flop, so as not to make the wearer uncomfortable with the bump the glue may form.
  4. It’s best to plan how you want the accessories to be placed on the thong. Once you’ve decided, cut about half a yard of the fishing line and thread it through the needle. Sew on the accessories, stitching from the top middle part going downwards, and making sure that the knotted part is on the top of the thong.

  5. Survey your work to check that both sides have a balanced design. Then, tie a strong but clean knot on the end for durability.


When starting out, don’t buy too much of the same accessory. You don’t want to invest all your profit on one item when you only really need a small amount.

Keep a good supply of sturdy needles. The rubber thong material on which you’ll sew the bead is quite hard and thick.

How Much Will You Make

Jaja Beltran of Colors and Me spends about P47.25 to create a pair of child-sized flip-flops, and sells them for P65 – P75 to dealers, and P90 to P100 for outright sales. With these figures, Beltran already recoups her P1,000 starting capital after selling about 20 pairs of flip-flops.

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Bailey Baretto said...

thanks for sharing this information :)

lilywhite said...

hi bailey! thanks for the visit/comment :) followed your blog.

nicquee said...

Hi Lilywhite!

Thanks for sharing this. I was wondering, do we really need to put ribbon on the thong? I think I saw some beaded slippers without that. Would you know the difference in terms for comfort?


lilywhite said...

hi nicquee! so sorry for the very late reply ^^ I have beaded slippers without the ribbon and I prefer them actually. For me, they're both comfortable, depende din sa slippers kasi.

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