Learn how to crochet slippers with flip flop soles! Cotton yarn and a flip flop sole make this free crochet slippers pattern perfect for wearing around the house (or even outside!) View the entire free pattern below or purchase the printable, ad-free pdf for $2.50 here.
Guys, I’m so excited to share this pattern. I hope you love making crocheted slippers with a legit, flip flop sole as much as I did. When I originally stumbled across these crocheted boots made by Croche Da Alessandra, the idea for some flip-flop-based summer slippers wedged in my brain and refused to shake loose until I just made the things.
(UPDATE: You now can find all my additional free crochet patterns using flip flops here!
Until about a week ago, I’ve been wearing some felted knit slippers my mom made me. They’re AMAZING. But now that it’s officially mid May, they’re becoming a little less practical with each tick of the thermometer.
So if, like me, you prefer to keep your feet covered when you’re shuffling around the house, but you find summer weather to be less than slipper-compatible, these are for you! (And if you’re the free-wheeling type that prefers not to have your toes covered at all during the summer months, check out all my other free crochet patterns instead.)
These crocheted slippers let in a lovely breeze with each step, thanks to the slightly open weave and cotton yarn.
The flip flop (or “thong” if you live in certain parts of the world) sole makes these a little more substantial than regular crocheted slippers and perfectly grippy to scoot around your house.
Honestly, I think this pattern would even work to make crocheted shoes to wear outside (don’t they look a bit like Toms?), but they’ll likely break down faster once they’re exposed to the rough and tumble streets.
You might also enjoy my other free flip flop crochet patterns including:
1. Women’s Sweater Boots (includes video tutorial!)
2. Toddler Boat Shoes
3. Women’s Moccasins
4. Crochet UGG-Style Boots (includes video tutorial!)
5. Coachella Boots
UPDATE: Many readers have asked how these crochet slippers with flip flop soles hold up over time. I’ve answered that question (with photos!) and many more in my FAQs about crocheting on flip flops.
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NOTES — READ FIRST
• This isn’t an exact science! Unlike other patterns, these slippers have a lot of variables, most significant of which is the size of flip flops you use and the number of holes you poke. I’m providing general guidelines and some troubleshooting tips to help keep the process fun. For guidance on the techniques used, you can check out the video tutorial for these sweater boots with flip flop soles.
• You might want to size down when buying your flip flops. Since your foot won’t be held in by the flip flop strap, your normal size of flip flops might feel a bit roomy as crocheted slippers.
• The slippers pictured are about a women’s size 9. I poked 69 holes in the sole of each flip flop for this size. To make slippers with bigger or smaller flip flops, just adjust the number of holes, poking them about every ¼ inch. The slipper top pattern should fit most women’s sizes. If you’re making a significantly bigger or smaller size though, you could work fewer or more rows of the slipper top pattern and even add a row or two to the sides/heel section to make it taller.
• I used a sharp tool meant for clay to poke my holes. A skewer, small drill bit or something similar could work too.
• Find $1 flip flops on Amazon or at Walmart. I’ve tried Dollar Tree’s $1 flip flops and the rubber is a bit too flimsy for this.
• Similar to some ballet flats, your slippers should curl in a bit. That’s what gets them to shape to your feet without a lot of increasing or decreasing. If you’re finding that the crocheted sides/heel/toe isn’t tapering in, it might be because you have more holes in the flip flop than are necessary (and therefore more stitches total). In this case, use a smaller hook or do a few sc-decreases on row 3 or 4 near the toe and heel to decrease the number of total stitches.
•The reason the pattern calls for a smaller hook for the first row is simply because it’s hard to fit the larger hook into the sole without stretching the holes out too much.
SUMMER CROCHET SLIPPERS WITH FLIP FLOP SOLES – FREE PATTERN
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• B /2.5 mm hook (I love this affordable set!)
• G /6.00 mm hook
• Approximately 120 yards worsted weight cotton (I used “I Love This Cotton” in turquoise from Hobby Lobby)
• one pair of flip flops (One size smaller than you wear normally. See note above.)
• 2 stitch markers
• sharp tool to poke holes in the flip flops
Abbreviations – US terms
ch – chain
cluster – 3 hdc in one stitch
hdc – half double crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
st(s) – stitch(es)
Using your sharp instrument, poke holes every 1/4 – 1/3 inch around each flip flop sole. You want the hole to go at an angle from about the middle of the way down the sole to about a ¼” into the top of the sole. It’s important to make your holes far enough from the edge that the yarn won’t rip through the rubber when you create your first row of crochet.
SLIPPER SIDES AND HEEL
Using smaller hook, attach yarn at the back of the heel by inserting your hook from the top of the flip flop toward the bottom of the sole, grabbing the yarn and pulling through to the top. Ch 1 through the loop you’ve created to attach the yarn to the flip flop. (Reference the photos in this boat shoes post for help.)
Round 1: Using smaller hook, sc in each hole around sole. Do not turn. Place marker in first st of round and move it up as you work each round.
Rounds 2-9: With larger hook, sc in each sc around sole. Do not turn.
Remove marker. Place stitch markers opposite each other in the middle of each side of the last round. This is where the back heel “lip” of your slipper will taper to.
Do not turn work, continue with the rest of row 9.
Row 9 cont: Sc in each sc until 1 st remains before next marked st, sl st in next sc, turn.
Row 10: Ch 1, sk first sc, sl st in next sc, sc in each sc until 1 st remains before next marked st, sl st in next sc, turn.
Row 11: Ch 1, sk first sl st, sl st in next sc, sc in each sc until 3 stitches remain before next marked st, sl st in next sc, turn.
Row 12: Ch 1, sk first sl st, sl st in next sc, sc in each sc until 3 stitches remain before next marked st, sl st in next sc, turn.
Round 13: Ch 1, sk first sl st, sl st in next sc, sc in each sc around entire slipper, past where this round started, until you reach the center back of the heel, sl st in next sc. Fasten off.
Cluster = 3 hdc in one stitch
Position flip flop with the toe toward you and the heel away from you.
Find the approximate midpoint of the front of the slipper. Place stitch markers at the toe “corners” with 11 sc between them. Reference chart below for visual schematic of slipper top.
Row 1: With the toe facing toward you, sl st in first marked st, (sk 2 sc, cluster in next sc) 3 times, skip 2 sc, sl st in next marked st, sl st in next sc of Rnd 13 (up left edge of slipper), turn. (See photo E)
Rows 2-4: Cluster in center hdc of each of next 3 clusters, skip 1 sc in Round 13, sl st in next 2 sc of Rnd 13 (up right edge of slipper), turn.
Row 5: Cluster in center hdc of each of next 3 clusters, skip 1 sc in Round 13, sl st in next 1 sc of Rnd 13. Do not turn.
Round 6: Sc in each sc around entire slipper until you return to where you began this round. Fasten off.
Repeat pattern with second rubber sole.
Weave in ends. Tap your toes together, smile and run around your house like I did because you just made your own crocheted house slippers!
If you’re looking for more free crochet patterns that won’t get you all sweaty this summer, give these a whirl!
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