Pin this on Pinterest

Flip-flop style ornament

A great gift idea for the beach lover in your life!  


When autumn ushers in the chilly days of fall, I am always surprised to see people still wearing flip-flops. I guess they don’t want to see summer end! Worked in brick stitch and embellished with crystals, this darling decoration will bring the warmth of summer indoors all year.


  • 20 3 mm bicone crystals, purple
  • 6 g 11/0 seed beads, green
  • nylon beading thread, size B, green
  • beading needles, #10
  • artist's acrylic paintbrush, approx. size 4
  • Future floor polish
  • 3-in. (7.6 cm) square of waxed paper



Figure 3A


FIGURE 3A is a graph of the sole. The dark beads (shown to clarify the directions) on figures 1, 2, 3, and 4 correspond to the dark beads on FIGURE 3A.

Figure 1

1. Working with 11/0 seed beads on a comfortable length of thread, make a bead ladder 10 beads long.


2. Continue in brick stitch as follows: 


Row 2: Begin the row with an increase (FIGURE 1, a–b), and then work eight regular stitches.

Figure 2
Figure 3

Row 3: Begin with a decrease (c–d), then work seven regular stitches.


Rows 4–6: Repeat row 3, decreasing each row by one bead (FIGURE 2).


Row 7: Sew down through the second and up through the third bead in the previous row (a–b). Pick up two 11/0s, sew through them again, and sew under the thread bridge between the third and fourth beads in the previous row (b–c). Work two more stitches. Sew through the beadwork to exit the end bead in the ladder (d–e and FIGURE 3, point a). Thread a needle on the tail, sew into the beadwork, and trim. 


Rows 8–26: Flip your work so row 1 is on top. Continue in brick stitch to the end of the heel, increasing and decreasing as needed. Sew through the sole to point c (FIGURE 3, b–c).


3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for a second sole.

Figure 4


1. With the working thread on one sole, pick up a 11/0, then a repeating pattern of one 11/0 and one 3mm crystal five times. Pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the bead on the sole where the thong should connect to the toe area (FIGURE 4, a–b).


2. Sew back through the two 11/0s (b–c).


3. Pull snug. Pick up a repeating pattern of one 3mm and one 11/0 five times, then pick up one 11/0 and sew through the other connection point on the sole (c–d).


4. Retrace the thread path in the thong (d–e). End the thread in the sole. 


5. Turn the second sole over so it is a mirror image of the first, and repeat steps 1–4 to make the thong. 

Figure 5


1. Place the flip-flops side by side. Add a new thread, and sew to exit at FIGURE 5, point a.


2. Sew through the corresponding bead in the second sole (a–b)


3. Sew through the bead in the first sole again, the corresponding bead in the second sole, and the next four beads in the heel (b–c)


4. Pick up 10 11/0s, and sew through five beads in the other heel (c–d)


5. Retrace the thread path through the loop (d–e). End the thread.



1. Place the flip-flops on a piece of waxed paper. Flatten the soles with your fingers if needed. 


2. Paint the soles with a coat of floor polish, allowing the liquid to saturate the thread. Let dry to a hard finish.


3. Thread a ribbon or wire hook through the loop between the flip-flops’ soles to hang the ornament.