How to Make Cute DIY Slide Sandals With African Ankara Fabric Bows

The Crafty B
by The Crafty B
18 Materials
2 Hours

There’s something so attractive about open-toe slip-on shoes. They’re so easy to put on and with a glimpse of toe cleavage, super sexy. These DIY slides are so pretty you could wear them to a wedding. Don’t be daunted by the long list of items needed. Once you get the hang of it, it won’t take you long to make these beautiful African fabric slides. Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Rubber slides (slip on open toe slides)
  • 1 yard of Ankara fabric (you’ll have scraps leftover)
  • Measuring tape 
  • Rubber glue
  • Brush
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Paper
  • Pins
  • Clips
  • Heavy-duty sewing needle
  • Heavy duty thread
  • Sewing machine (optional for bows)
  • Needle pliers
  • Thimble
  • Rhinestone fabric (optional)
Making the insole pattern

1. Make the insole (footbed) pattern

Lay two pieces of paper on top of each other. Lay one of the slides on top of the paper.

Tracing out the shape

Trace out the shape with the marker. Pin the pattern to the second piece of paper. 

Drawing inside ¼ inch

Draw ¼ inch inside the traced outline of the slide.

Cutting out the pattern

Cut out the paper along the inner line you drew. Remove the pins. You should have 2 pieces of the insole pattern.

Making the pattern for the bow

2. Make the bow pattern

Fold a piece of paper 36 inches long in half lengthwise to measure about 18 inches by 6 inches wide when folded. You’ll use this pattern twice to make two fabric bows. 

Measuring the strap across the slide

Measure the strap across the top.

Measuring the strap across the bottom

Measure the strap across the bottom.

Measuring the length

Measure the length of the strap with a vertical measurement.

Divide all your measurements by 2.

how to make DIY slide sandals

Mark on the paper based on your half measurements on both sides. Watch from 3:33 to 4:53 for an indepth explanation of how to draw it.

DIY slide sandals tutorial

Draw curves across the top and bottom freehand.

Cutting out the edges

Cut out the edges.

Cutting out the fabric

3. Cut the fabric

Lay the insole pattern on folded Ankara fabric. Pin in place. Cut it out. 

DIY slide sandals pattern pieces

Place the paper pattern of the bow on the folded fabric. You’ll have 4 pieces for the bows.

Pinning pieces together

Place two pieces right sides together with ¼ inch seam allowance. Pin in place. Sew, leaving a 2 inch space unsewn.

How to make DIY slide sandals with Ankara

Use the unsewn space to turn each bow to the right side. Topstitch the space closed. 

Attaching the insoles

4. Attach the insoles

Using a paintbrush, apply the rubber glue to the first footbed.

Gluing the fabric to the insoles

Carefully place the fabric insole inside, pressing down. Repeat for the second slide. Make sure there are no bumps or bubbles and it is completely smooth.

Wrapping the fabric around the strap

5. Attach the bows

Lay the center of the bow with the strap measurements directly on top of the strap. The bow area should be wider.

Clipping the fabric in place

Clip the fabric strap in place.

Hand-sewing the outside edge

Handsew the outside edge along the foot bed using the heavy duty needle and thread. You may want to use the pliers to help you pull the needle in and out through the rubber.

Hot gluing the Ankara fabric

Once that’s secured, hot glue the fabric across the strap.

Applying hot glue to the outer edge

Hot glue the fabric to other outside edge of the foot bed at the strap end.

Sewing the inside edge down

Using the pliers, needle, and thread, sew the inside edge down. 

Tying the Ankara fabric into a bow

Grab the fabric in both hands and tie into a bow.

Securing the bow with hot glue

Secure the cross-over tie with hot glue and press down to make sure it sticks.

DIY slide sandals with a bow

Continue to finish the bow.

Measuring rhinestone trim

6. Attach rhinestones (optional)

This step is totally optional but so much fun! Cut the rhinestone trim to your preferred length and width.

Gluing rhinestone trim into place

Glue in your desired location. Press the rhinestones, right side showing, into place. Trim any excess.

DIY slide sandals

DIY slide sandals

You’ve just made beautiful Ankara slides. Please let me know in the comments if you made these and how much fun they are to wear.

Suggested materials:
  • Rubber slides (slip on open toe slides)
  • 1 yard of Ankara fabric (you’ll have scraps leftover)
  • Measuring tape
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