May 18, 2011

Interchangeable Flip Flop Tee (SSG Idea #15)

I adore interchangeable projects, especially when it comes to children’s apparel. I loved the concept behind the Interchangeable Flower Tee I shared last year so much that I decided to give the idea another go – except this time with a summery spin! 
This Interchangeable Flip Flop Tee comes together brilliantly with Silhouette heat transfer material and a short list of other materials. And, you can make a number of different flower embellishments to mix and match and coordinate with a variety of outfits! Interested to see how I put this together? Let’s get started!

For this project, you will need…
Silhouette SD machine
Silhouette Heat Transfer Material (Read on for a great deal they have running right now!)
A plain t-thirt
Fabric scraps
Fusible Peltex (a very heavyweight interfacing, found in most sewing stores)
Washable ink marker
Sew-in Velcro
Hot glue
Buttons, jewels, etc., for the flower centers
Basic sewing supplies: machine, shears, etc.
step 1 / Use your Silhouette to cut your flip flops from your heat transfer material according the the package instructions. (I found my flip flop image in the Silhouette online store, which is absolutely brimming with goodies!) Carefully peel away the negative portion of your image, leaving only the positive image behind on the clear plastic backing.
step 2 / Using a dry iron, fuse the Peltex to the wrong side of your fabric scraps according to the product instructions. Use a washable ink marker to draw circles and flower shapes onto the back of your fused pieces. I drew my shapes freehand, but you can use a stencil or template if you wish. Note: I recommend creating no more than two layers per flower in order to reduce the bulkiness of your blooms. 
step 3 / Cut two small sections of Velcro, and use your sewing machine to secure the hook portion of each section to the bottom layer of each flower. (You can also stitch these on by hand if your prefer.) Using hot glue, affix the upper layer of your flower to the lower layer. Finish each flower with a button or jewel center affixed with hot glue.
step 4 / Iron your flip flop cutout to the front of your tee according to the heat transfer product instructions. Center the loop portions of your Velcro over the straps of each flip flop, and stitch each Velcro piece to secure it to your tee. Affix your flowers to your flip flops.
You are finished!

Project Notes
Y’all might notice I used velcro instead of snaps like I did on the Interchangeable Flower Tee. After seeing my daughter had some difficulty with the snaps on the other tee, I opted to use Velcro to make things even easier. If you happen to have snaps on hand and prefer to use those, they would work great, too.


Thinking you might want to give this heat transfer stuff a shot? Lucky you! Silhouette has a marvelous deal running right now!

You’ll get…

The Silhouette SD Electronic Cutting Tool
2 cutting mats
1 blade with 3 adjustment caps
$10 download card
Silhouette Studio™ software (Mac® and PC)
USB cable
Getting Started With Silhouette guide
3 feet flocked white heat transfer
3 feet smooth dark pink heat transfer
3 feet smooth teal heat transfer

…all for $219! That’s a savings of over $125! 
Click here to go directly to the heat transfer bundle page.

Already have a Silhouette in your arsenal? All heat transfer material is 25% off! Yay!

To take advantage of either of these deals, simply enter POSITIVELY at checkout. Offers are available through May 25.


Linking this to…
Tatertots & Jello
Skip to My Lou
The CSI Project

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12 Responses to Interchangeable Flip Flop Tee (SSG Idea #15)

  1. Jen-CraftOManiac May 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm #


  2. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} May 19, 2011 at 3:18 am #

    Super cute! I love the idea of being able to change to flip flop decor.

  3. Alison@Oopsey Daisy May 19, 2011 at 3:48 am #

    Wow! This is such an ADORABLE idea!! Love!

  4. Kelli @ RTSM May 19, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    Such a cute idea Amy! Now I just need a similar idea for boys:)

  5. Finding Charm May 19, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    That’s such a great idea. A versatile idea to expand upon. I’ve seen shoes like that. A neutral slip on and you can change out the colored flower/buckle/etc to match your outfit.

  6. Maggie May 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    wow I luv this idea for the summer, something fun for the kids to do.
    Would luv for our readers to follow this tutorial.
    Please add this to our linking party.

  7. radn@HouseonAshwelllane May 22, 2011 at 3:26 am #

    Such a sweet creative idea!

    I am having a giveaway on my blog. $30 store credit to get a cape from Pip and Bean.Check it out!

  8. Shannon May 23, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    What a cute, cute idea. I’m always amazed at the things people dream up. Love it!!

  9. Jennifer May 24, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    So cute Amy! I have GOT to get a Silhouette!

  10. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper May 26, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    love this idea… makes it so fun for the kids! my daughter likes to change her shoes 10 times a day, so i know she would love this shirt!

  11. Jenn Erickson May 28, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    So cute! What a great summer theme! I love the 3D nature of the flowers that you created with the Peltex. It’s a new product for me, and one that I look forward to creating with!


  12. Dana June 24, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    I know you posted this years ago, but thought I’d add a variation. If you sewed a cute button onto the Tshirt, and then made your flowers in layers with button holes, the child could mix and match flower layers as well as colors/patterns. No velcro/glue required. Little Miss Match has socks and accessories that use this concept. My daughter loves it. registered & protected

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