Are you ready for some flip-flop-moccasin super shoes!? In this free pattern and video tutorial, I'll show you how to crochet shoes with flip flop soles that are super comfortable, function as shoes and/or slippers and can be customized to adult shoe size.
As always, the free pattern and video tutorial are below, or you can purchase an ad-free, printable pdf of this pattern here.
When I was a kid, we'd go to the mountainy tourist town near where we lived and in the midst of all the candy apples, weird keychains and ubiquitous screen printed t-shirts, the only thing I desperately longed for was a pair of "real" native American moccasins. The beads. The fringe. All of it. I was obsessed. For years.
But alas, moccasins in mountainy tourist towns don't come cheap. It wasn't until I was about 28 that I got my first pair on a trip through New Mexico. My feet have rarely been moccasin-free since.
But in all my moccasin ownership, not a single pair has been crocheted. (Hard to believe, I know!)
After I designed these crocheted summer slippers using flip flops for the sole, I knew a pair of crocheted flip flop moccasin hybrid super shoes was in my future.
So when my sister recently arrived home from a year of traveling abroad with her husband, a pair of crocheted shoes seemed like a perfect welcome home present. (Because, why not?!)
I am so psyched on how they turned out. And I'm even more excited that I have a written pattern AND a detailed video tutorial to help you learn how to make your own pair of crochet shoes with flip flop soles.
They're comfortable. They're bohemian. They're inexpensive. They give you some serious hipster street cred.
I'm just going to be honest and say that editing this video took about 150 million times longer than I thought it would. This is a pretty thorough video tutorial. In it, I walk you through exactly how to make these crochet shoes.
So if you're the type of person who prefers to learn visually or doesn't have a lot of pattern-reading experience, you should be able to watch these videos and make yourself some totally awesome crochet shoes with flip flop soles.
(And you can check out my other video tutorials here!)
UPDATE: Many readers have asked how these crochet moccasins with flip flop soles hold up over time. I've answered that question and many more in my FAQs about crocheting on flip flops.
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If you're the traditional-pattern-reading type, scroll down for the full written pattern!
Crochet Moccasins with Flip Flop Soles - Free Written Pattern
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Sizes: Adult women’s 5 and up (Pattern provides details to make any women’s shoe size.)
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• Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton – 1 skein (100g/186 yds) – color: Camel
• Tapestry needle
• 1 pair of flip flops (One size smaller than you wear normally. See pattern notes.)
• Stitch markers
• Size B [2.5 mm] crochet hook or size needed to fit through flip flop holes
• Size E [3.5 mm] crochet hook (I really like this affordable set!)
• Sewing needle
• Sharp tool to poke holes in flip flops (skewer, thin drill bit or tapestry needle)
• Approx 2 yards leather laces cut into 1-yard pieces
• Sharp scissors
• Monofilament (fishing line) - optional
• Seed beads - optional
8 sts and 7 rows/rnds = 1 inch [2.5 cm] in single crochet
Gauge will vary a bit based on distance between poked holes on flip flop sole.
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stich
st – st
MC – main color
cont – continued
Overall Pattern Notes:
- Transforming flip flops into slippers isn’t an exact science! Unlike other crochet patterns, these slippers have some variables, most significant of which is the size of flip flops used and the number of holes poked. This pattern provides general guidelines and some troubleshooting tips to help keep the process fun. 🙂
- 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 shoes.
- The shoes pictured are a women’s size 8-9 and they have 89 holes poked on each sole. To make shoes with bigger or smaller flip flops, just adjust the number of holes, poking them about every .25 inches. The moccasin top pattern should fit most women’s sizes. See notes in “moccasin top” section on making it wider if necessary.
- Find $1 flip flops on Amazonor at Walmart. Dollar Tree’s $1 flip flops tend to be a bit too flimsy, but can work if you are careful.
Moccasin Sides and Heel
This section is worked in a spiral. Therefore there is no need to join or ch 1 at the beginning of each round.
Use sharp instrument to poke holes every ¼ inch (.25”) 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 inches into the top of the sole. Make your holes far enough from the edge that the yarn won’t rip through the rubber. (See this pattern for more photos on this process.)
With smaller hook, attach MC 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 of the sole. Ch 1 through the loop you’ve created. (See Photo B.) The resulting tail inside the flip flop marks first st of this and subsequent rows. Add a proper stitch marker here if desired.
Round 1: (using smaller hook) sc into each hole on the flip flop sole, sl st to join. Do not turn.
Rounds 2-3: (switch to larger hook) sc in each sc around. Do not turn.
Rounds 4: (See diagram below for rough placement of increases. Exact location not impt.) sc in each st until front toe area, sc 2 in one of the st near where your pinky toe will go, sc in each st, sc 2 in one of the st where your big toe will go, sc in each sc to back of heel. Do not turn.
Rounds 5-8: sc in each sc around. Do not turn.
Begin Short Rows for Heel Shaping
Place a stitch marker on either side of the moccasin, ⅗th of the way back toward the heel. (See diagram above for placement.) The following rows are worked back and forth around back of heel. Pattern notes assume flip flop is positioned with the heel toward you and the toe away from you when the “right” or “left” stitch marker is mentioned.
Row 9: (Without turning work) sc in each st until left marked st, sl st into marked st, turn.
Row 10: ch 1, sk first st, sl st into next st, sc in each st until right marked st, sl st into marked st, turn.
Row 11: (work toward left marker) ch 1, sk first st, sl st into next st, sc in each st until 1 sc of previous round remains, turn.
Row 12: (work toward right marker) ch 1, sk first st, sl st into next st, sc in each st until 1 sc of previous round remains , turn.
Begin Rows for Leather Laces “Tube”
Remove original markers for short rows. Place markers ⅓rd of the way back from the toe on either side of the moccasin. (See diagram above for placement.) The following round is worked in the round as 1-8 were.
Work sc stitches in an even density to create a smooth edge over the “bump” where the short rows taper. Round 13 is a total of approx 1.25 laps around the flip slop sole.
Round 13: (work toward left marker and cont counterclockwise) ch 1, sk first st, sl st into next st, sc in each st around entire moccasin, ending at original marked st at back of heel. Do not turn.
The following rows are worked back and forth. Pattern notes assume flip flop is positioned with the heel toward you and the toe away from you when the “right” or “left” stitch marker is mentioned.
Rows 14, 16, 18: (work counterclockwise) ch 1, sc in each st ending in left marked st, turn.
Row 15, 17, 19: ch 1, sc in each st ending in right marked st, turn.
Row 20: sc in each st ending at marked st at back of heel. Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.
Finishing leather laces “tube”:
Fold the flap just created over and tuck one yard of the leather laces inside. With MC yarn and a tapestry needle, sew the laces into the tube using a whip stitch. (Reference video for more detail.)
Row 1: (using larger hook) ch 19, turn.
Row 2: working into second ch from the hook, sc in each ch, turn.
Rows 3, 5, 7: ch 1, sk first sc, sc in next st, sc in each st until 1 st remains, sc 2 in last st, turn.
Row 4, 6, 8: ch 1, sc 2 in first st, sc in each st, turn.
Row 9: ch 1, sk first st, sc in next sc, sc in each st, turn.
Row 10: ch 1, sc in each st, turn.
Row 11: repeat row 9.
Row 12: repeat row 10.
If your foot is on the wider side, add 2 or 4 rows of sc here to make the top toe section wider. (Simply repeat row 10 twice or four times.)
Row 13: ch 1, sc 2 in first sc, sc in each st, turn.
Rows 14, 16, 18, 20: ch 1, sk first sc, sc in next st, sc in each st until 1 st remains, sc 2 in last st, turn.
Rows 15, 17, 19: ch 1, sc in each st until 2 st remain, sk 1 st, sc in last st, turn.
Row 21: ch 1, sc in each st until 2 st remain, sk 1 st, sc in last st. Do not turn. Place marker in last st of this row.
The follow round is worked around the entire top piece. Take care to keep stitches loose enough that the fabric doesn’t pucker. Round 22: (Without turning) work in sc around curved toe section and up the flat side of the piece. At the corner of the moccasin “point,” sc 2 in the corner and sl st down the slant of the point and back up the other slant, sc 2 in the other “point,” sc in each sc across the last flat side ending in st before marker. (See Diagram F.) Fasten off and weave in ends.
Block the top piece if desired. Identify the best looking side of your top piece--specifically look at the points because one edge should be smoothest due to the slip stitching. This side should face your foot—the points will be folded over, revealing the smoothest edge.
Align the toe with the shoe rim and pin using stitch markers or safety pins. Using one strand of yarn (not doubled up), attach yarn inside the shoe at right corner side of the top piece.
Whip stitch around toe, working from the top piece into the shoe rim as pictured. (See Photo G.) Work from the top down, going through the bottom loop of the top piece and the bottom loop of the shoe rim.)
Before tying off yarn, do one stitch through the moccasin top into each folded over “point” to keep them tacked down. Fasten off yarn.
Using a sewing needle, attach monofilament inside moccasin with a knot. Pull monofilament to outside top of slipper and add beads (you may, unfortunately, have to remove the needle for this and then rethread after adding the beads), putting the needle back into the shoe once one strand of beads has been added. Repeat for each spoke of the design. (See Photo H.)
Do a little jig—you just crocheted your own shoes! High five!
That was so fun! Now what?
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