Have you ever worked somewhere for so long that your co-workers become family? Where you're invested in their life events (babies, weddings, etc) as much as your own? Yep, that's what it's like where I work. And when one of those co-workers announced she was getting married I was truly excited for her!
My friend, Stephanie, had decided on a beach wedding in May. I saw pictures of her wedding dress as well as her bridesmaid's dress. I knew the people doing her flowers and photos. Even though I knew I wouldn't be able to attend the wedding, I still got to share in her joy of the details. So when she mentioned about trying to find flip flops for her wedding dress online and not having any luck my brain started spinning. Decorating wedding flip flops could be my gift to her.
And here they are!
I decorated flip flops for both her and her bridesmaid. Other than deciding on materials and layout, creating the embellishments wasn't difficult. All the materials even came from Wal-Mart! So how about some details?
I began with some Ocean Pacific flip flops. These were chosen because Stephanie wanted a bit of a heel. I also liked the wider band across the top of the foot but not its texture. So the band was covered with white satin ribbon. It was wrapped around the strap and stitched to hold it in place. The OP tag was also cut out before the ribbon was added.
Side note: Let me be the first to say I am not a seamstress. I have a difficult time sewing buttons on. So for those who can sew I'm sure you have a much better way to attach the ribbon. I was just happy it stayed.
Once the ribbon was attached I added some ruffled trim. I had considered hot gluing this ribbon on but I worried about the sand, heat and walking having some ill effect on it so I went with sewing it on. This was the same process for both pairs of flip flops.
For the bride's, the silver stone trim was sewn over the top of the ruffled ribbon and small white flowers were clustered and hand stitched in the center.
|Detail of Bride's shoes|
For the bridesmaid's I didn't want an exact replica of Stephanie's shoes but I wanted them to coordinate. A small strip of the silver stone trim was stitched down the center and the same flowers were added along the sides. As you can see in the photos, the stone trim stopped just above the toe area as not to rub the foot. I also tacked the trim in only a few spots in order to give some play in it as the bridesmaid was walking.
|Detail of Bridesmaid's shoes|
And since we all love a cost breakdown, here it is:
**** All supplies from Wal-Mart ****
Shoes - $4.96 each
White satin ribbon - $1.00 (didn't even use half the roll)
Ruffled Ribbon - $2.97 (used about half)
Stone Ribbon - $4.97
Flowers - $2.96 for set of 6 (used 3 sets)
Thread - on hand
Band-aids - Priceless!
Total: $27.74 for two pair
Although I only pricked my finger once to the point of bleeding I couldn't resist adding the band-aids to the list! With my lack of sewing skills I figured I would be wearing one on every finger. But if I had, it would have been worth it since Stephanie is such a good friend! Congrats Steph!
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