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How-To: Japanese Zōri Sandals

Mar 10, 2011

by PeteCorrie handmade and vintage goods

Today’s crafty project comes from our friends over on the Etsy Deutscher Blog. Artist and long-time Etsy friend Pete Corrie gives a tutorial on making Zōri sandals — traditional Japanese flip flops. Though sometimes made from twine or rubber, Pete uses recycled cloth scraps and even recommends digging into your stash of old T-shirts, bed sheets or towels. Each strip of material should be cut to about a foot long and about .5-2.5 inches wide. So get a comfortable seat and follow along with Pete. For Part 2 and 3 of the tutorial, visit the Etsy Deutscher Blog post. Don’t speak German? Never fear — the videos are in English!

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  • hattieshouse

    hattieshouse said 6 years ago

    Flip flops... the only way to go from March thru October!!!!

  • melida

    melida said 6 years ago

    Oh I cannot wait to do this! Thank You!

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 6 years ago

    Cool project!

  • DIVINEsweetness

    DIVINEsweetness said 6 years ago

    Gonna give this a try... Thanks!!!

  • SchneiderGallery

    SchneiderGallery said 6 years ago

    Very creative idea! P.S. I speak German a bit...

  • SchneiderGallery

    SchneiderGallery said 6 years ago

    Das ist vunderschon! Fantastische Idee!

  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz said 6 years ago

    that's so wonderful! thanks for sharing!

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 6 years ago

    What a fun project! thank you.

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 6 years ago

    Wow! So cool. Will be trying this once the snow melts.

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 6 years ago

    wearable crafty goodness - so fun!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    What a great way to upcycle your flip flops!

  • ndnchick

    ndnchick said 6 years ago

    Love this!! :)

  • HomeStudio

    HomeStudio said 6 years ago

    Awesome! thanks for sharing

  • ShoponSherman

    ShoponSherman said 6 years ago

    Now I know how to have one-of-a-kind flip-flops this summer!

  • MaggiesJewelBox

    MaggiesJewelBox said 6 years ago

    What a great idea! I hop I have some colorful rags in my rag bag. Those look so good. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • oppning

    oppning said 6 years ago

    i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! i love it ! THANKS !

  • Earleyimages

    Earleyimages said 6 years ago

    This looks like fun

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article! Thanks.

  • BrynnBB

    BrynnBB said 6 years ago

    I live in flip-flops year round! I almost think this tutorial was made just for me! So creative! Thanks!

  • QuirkVintageClothing

    QuirkVintageClothing said 6 years ago

    I love these! I often have vintage scraps lying around. Catch me in these all summer!

  • TheBewitchedKitty

    TheBewitchedKitty said 6 years ago

    Oh how cool!!! I've gotta try it!

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 6 years ago

    Oh wow!!! Im definitely going to try this!! Thank you for sharing!

  • ploverdesign

    ploverdesign said 6 years ago

    Very cool! Looks a lot softer than the traditional zoris...thanks for the demo =)

  • SewSweetandSimple

    SewSweetandSimple said 6 years ago

    Oh Cool! Love the flip-flop tutorial! Thanks for sharing:)

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 6 years ago

    Wonderful!!! Now I know what I can do with all that scrap material that I have. Thanks for sharing.

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 6 years ago

    Will definitely try this one!!!!!!!!!

  • FOYI

    FOYI said 6 years ago

    I love wearable projects. Can't wait to make them. Thank you for sharing :)

  • sadiesez

    sadiesez said 6 years ago

    Living in Florida with a stash of fabric, This looks like something I will definitely try!! Thanx for the tutorial!! :)

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    Awesome idea!! I don't have time to watch the video right now, but will try to when i get home later. :) Thanks for sharing, i always wondered how people made those sandals.

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 6 years ago


  • NateWhittaker

    NateWhittaker said 6 years ago

    hah thats awesome, very interesting to make art you can actually wear.

  • LittleMissDressUp

    LittleMissDressUp said 6 years ago

    Wow- I have never seen this. . anywhere. Now I HAVE to try it. Thank you!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 6 years ago

    creative and beyond!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    this looks so fun. :D

  • stonehousehill

    stonehousehill said 6 years ago

    It looks like fun...and something I would already have all the materials for.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 6 years ago


  • iheartchelsyanne

    iheartchelsyanne said 6 years ago

    oh imagine the possibilities in fabric choices! I am thinking strands of lace would be nice. Great idea.

  • KimberlyGlesenkamp

    KimberlyGlesenkamp said 6 years ago

    I just don't get it, I am totally confused with anything sew or weave related, lol. But this looks amazing! What an awesome idea to recycle and bring in some culture! Thanks for sharing!

  • KimberlyGlesenkamp

    KimberlyGlesenkamp said 6 years ago

    iheartchelsyanne, Good idea with the lace, I bet that would look beautiful!

  • Armalique

    Armalique said 6 years ago

    this looks so cool!

  • SparklePaw

    SparklePaw said 6 years ago

    awesome! love this project

  • hcgboottops1111

    hcgboottops1111 said 6 years ago


  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 6 years ago

    That is amazing!! I'm always excited to see the use of recycled materials. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • KoboH

    KoboH said 6 years ago

    interesting! i do have a few at home. my mom sent them for me from japan but didn't know how to make... yours are totally cool :)

  • haveitconfections

    haveitconfections said 6 years ago

    The greatest thing about living in LA is that we wear them pretty much 365 days a year. I can't wait to make my own. :0)

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    super cool :) Thanks :)

  • skrocki

    skrocki said 6 years ago

    nice, I wish I lived in a place where I could wear them outdoors. Maybe I will make a pair to wear inside...

  • Handamade

    Handamade said 6 years ago

    lovely and wow! how cool is that!:)D thanks for sharing.

  • SciFiKnits

    SciFiKnits said 6 years ago

    Not only do I love Zori, this just looks like so much fun to do! I can't wait to try it myself.

  • thecraftpantry

    thecraftpantry said 6 years ago

    how fun is that! thank you!

  • thesproutandthebean

    thesproutandthebean said 6 years ago

    i bought a pair of zori at a local craft fair in japan from some little old ladies and have been dying to diy my own ever since!! i can't thank you enough for this!!!

  • RoseyTracks

    RoseyTracks said 6 years ago

    Awesome! Thank you for sharing! I am going to make a pair for me and all my friends.

  • StudioConestoga

    StudioConestoga said 6 years ago

    They look great! Viele gruesse deutscher blog!

  • ThoseThreeWords

    ThoseThreeWords said 6 years ago

    Super-awesome project, I love flip flops! Looking forward to being able to wear them again... in the upper 30s here in KY today, unfortunately!

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage said 6 years ago

    I'm gonna make a pair for the garden, a pair for the patio, a pair to wear to town, a pair for lounging, a pair for... Thanks for sharing!

  • retroattack

    retroattack said 6 years ago

    So cool!! Thank you!!

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 6 years ago

    Oh so fun! Will be trying these out for sure!!

  • CGlassDesigns

    CGlassDesigns said 6 years ago

    I love these!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  • ShopMichL

    ShopMichL said 6 years ago

    I love a practical tutorial for something you can customize the crap out of!!! Thanks, Pete and chaps676!

  • CosentinoFineArt

    CosentinoFineArt said 6 years ago

    I love this tutorial thanks for sharing! I wanna make some now :DD

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 6 years ago

    Flip flops, who would have thought? Cute project =)

  • extase

    extase said 6 years ago

    amazing! can't wait to try this.

  • seapillowtreasures

    seapillowtreasures said 6 years ago

    My kids would love these, that's all they wear

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 6 years ago

    Cool - I've never thought of making my own zori sandals. But maybe I'll give it a try now!

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 6 years ago

    very nice if you watch old Korean movies ! you will see the villigers sporting similar sandals made out of rope. But these look way more comfortable.

  • Norkki

    Norkki said 6 years ago

    How much fun is that! Love it:)

  • Norkki

    Norkki said 6 years ago

    How much fun is that! Love it:)

  • armcandyforyou

    armcandyforyou said 6 years ago

    hmm..........ironically Chappell means sandals in Hindi!

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 6 years ago

    This looks so cool. I really want to make one now!! ♥♥♥

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 6 years ago

    I wear flip flops 11 months a year in AZ~ what did we do before. great article

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 6 years ago

    neat , I did not know they were made that way.

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 6 years ago

    Awesome project, thanks for sharing!

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 6 years ago

    Well he's handsome.

  • HandOfEvolution

    HandOfEvolution said 6 years ago

    So useful and a great project.Now I have something to do w/ all my hoarder scraps.

  • OhMafelt

    OhMafelt said 6 years ago

    Fantastic and well done! Love the how to video, thanks!!

  • HauteSalvage

    HauteSalvage said 6 years ago

    My toes are happy just thinking about this!!!Thank you.

  • galstudio

    galstudio said 6 years ago

    Love the traditional flip flops making!

  • finefeatheredfinds

    finefeatheredfinds said 6 years ago

    Very cool, thank you for sharing!

  • PrettyGoVintage

    PrettyGoVintage said 6 years ago

    Great idea!

  • tripperdungan

    tripperdungan said 6 years ago

    This looks like a lot of fun.

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 6 years ago


  • kittykanzashi

    kittykanzashi said 6 years ago

    Excellent! I see them all the time when I am searching the internet for kimono to collect. Now I can make them now.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago


  • talktothesun

    talktothesun said 6 years ago

    oh, i am glad (as my culture) this zori technique is featured on etsy blog! because this zori is very confortable and eco friendly!!! even though it is not for outside, it is such a lovely all-year-round comfortable pair to have at home!!

  • neonshimmyshop

    neonshimmyshop said 6 years ago

    So cute!! I love the mixed colors and have to make some for the summer!!

  • EyeShutterToThink

    EyeShutterToThink said 6 years ago

    So cool!!! How sad that comments here have to get spammed so much.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 6 years ago

    did i forget to mention that i wanna marry that guy :)

  • acoffeeadaydesigns

    acoffeeadaydesigns said 6 years ago

    How cute! Thanks.

  • HolidaySurvivalGuide

    HolidaySurvivalGuide said 6 years ago

    Thank you for wonderful, extremely clear directions that will work with kids as well as adults!

  • maggiemetzler

    maggiemetzler said 6 years ago

    These are so cute I love it! But how do you do the strap? Its not on any of the videos!

  • kimonocards

    kimonocards said 6 years ago

    How fun! I have lived in Japan for many years, and just love these flip-flops. Thinking of everyone over there right now...

  • boinne

    boinne said 6 years ago

    Can't wait! Will have to give this a try soon!

  • Maggadora

    Maggadora said 6 years ago

    Wow, so great and fun! Now I know what to do with all the fabric I have :-) Thank you for this :-) Hi to Germany from Iceland.

  • 4UbyK8

    4UbyK8 said 6 years ago

    I love ideas that reuse old fabric items!!!

  • TheMommalady

    TheMommalady said 6 years ago

    With all the recycling going on and using plastic bags for crocheting, knitting, weaving, how do you think that would work for the flip-flops? Just cut wider strips of plastic. Have to try this.

  • FelicityLingle

    FelicityLingle said 6 years ago

    As someone who is hearing impaired, I am disappointed and dismayed to see that you haven't provided captions or a transcript for this video.

  • maro47

    maro47 said 6 years ago

    AAAAAA++++++++. Me Fascina!!!! Love the creativity.

  • AMELIAdetonated

    AMELIAdetonated said 6 years ago

    The part 2 & 3 link is damaged. ):

  • weenaya

    weenaya said 6 years ago

    GOOD Job am Love it ;)

  • jiang888

    jiang888 said 6 years ago

    Good post. I wish this valuable information comes to my help, Keep posting!! Microsoft Project Standard 2010

  • BrooklynCraft

    BrooklynCraft said 6 years ago

    HI PETE!!!!!

  • SweetieCafe

    SweetieCafe said 6 years ago

    So Sweet, So Cute, Completely Awesome!

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