IMG_2163I recently mentioned we had been on family vacation with our grandchildren.  We had a relaxing stay and a great time watching the kids experience new things.  They spent so much time in the ocean and pool that their swimming skills increased by leaps and bounds which really bodes well for cabin and lake time coming up soon here in Minnesota.  They loved every minute of the trip.  I think what they liked most was the undivided attention from all of us.

Before we left on vacation, I made Ella some fun balloon flip flops using ordinary small multicolored water balloons and flip flops.  This project takes very little time, no instructions…just mindless knot tying while watching a few episodes of Fixer Upper on HGTV, my go to TV show choice.  It is also one of my projects that I have received the most raves for, which is a little disturbing considering all of the other very time consuming projects I have undertaken. Most importantly, they are loved and used by our dear little Ella.

I ordered the balloons from Amazon as I was unable to find water balloons locally.  When I had the idea to make these, we still were in snow shovel mode so summer items were not available.  However, Amazon had what I needed. I found the flip flops at JoAnn Fabrics. Simply tie balloons while stretching a bit in an overhand knot.  Place them nice and close together to create what I refer to as a balloon ruffle.  Obviously these are waterproof, easy to wash off if they get muddy, and very inexpensive to make.IMG_1650

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8 Comments on SWEET FEET

  1. Laura Barnes
    April 11, 2016 at 10:31 pm (3 years ago)

    very cute! I plan on making these for my Grandchildren. Or possibly a summer poolside crafting with the children from my church.

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  2. Cheryl Streeter
    April 11, 2016 at 8:27 pm (3 years ago)

    My best friend and family go to Hawaii each year. Her great-“grandbabies” (girls) are now 6 and 4 years of age – perfect for these colorful flip-flops. I might even casually ask about their growing so fast, shoe sizes, etc. make each a pair; then send to Alaska for their upcoming trip! Thanks for this idea and for so many years of wonderful fabrics and quilts! (I live just up the road in Annandale, Mn.)

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    • thimbleberries
      April 11, 2016 at 9:12 pm (3 years ago)

      This is such a fun gift to make for little feet. They are the perfect age. Happy travels.
      Lynette

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  3. Chris
    April 11, 2016 at 7:22 pm (3 years ago)

    I have 2 granddaughters that love doing crafts when they visit. This will definitely be on this summers craft list. They will love them. So cute.

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    • thimbleberries
      April 11, 2016 at 9:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Kids love crafts with grandma…I guess it is all about sitting with them and not hustling off to do chores, etc.
      It is the luxury of being a grand parent. Once awhile back, my grandson called me “Art Grandma” and my husband “Sports Grandpa”…and he was right. The great thing about these flip flops is that there are no instructions and no right or wrong way to do things if they can at least tie a knot. Once I made a few pair with just a cluster in the center like a pom pom or flower. They were really cute as well.

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  4. Chris
    April 11, 2016 at 7:19 am (3 years ago)

    Those are adorable! If I had a granddaughter I’d be all over this, but I have four grandsons. Your mention of getting raves for this project versus all your other projects (which are amazing!) made me laugh. But I just want you to know I have many, many of your books and patterns, and projects from them are all over my house. Thank you!

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    • thimbleberries
      April 11, 2016 at 11:01 am (3 years ago)

      I am sure my grandson thinks these are a real waist of good water balloons. There is nothing he likes more than water balloon fights at the cabin with his dad, mom, grandpa and uncle. Ella is a little too small to be much of any help on his team, but she tries and giggles a lot. Always nice to hear from true Thimbleberries fans.
      Thanks.
      Lynette

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      • thimbleberries
        April 11, 2016 at 9:19 pm (3 years ago)

        Sorry…waste, not waist. I really need to take the time to read through my responses before sending.

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