So my last post was about how Pinterest is killing my productivity because the only thing it makes me productive in doing is creating things that I didn't REALLY need in the first place. Well, now that the "new" of it all has started to run it's course, I still check in when I feel like it, and I still try to make a couple of things I think I might be able to handle, but I'm starting to get back to normal and get, for lack of a better way to put it, real things done.
Like I said, though, I still try to make some things I see on the site. Well, over the last couple of days I tried to make something I saw that was cute. I was making new straps for flip flops that looked really cute. Well, they looked cute in the pictures. What I made? Yeah, not so much. Meaning I was a miserable failure at that particular craft. I didn't want to give up though, I mean, I would LIVE in flip flops if it was acceptable to wear them on all occasions, so the more cute options you have the better. Well, I didn't want to ruin a pair that I already had, so I bought a cheap pair at the local Dollar General to try this new trick on. When it didn't work out, it seemed quite a shame to let a perfectly good pair of flip flops go to waste, but the straps were covered in hot pink flowers, and pink is not my color. Mostly because I'm not crazy about it. So what to do?
Well, you might not know this about me, but I crochet. Not always incredibly well, mind you, but I do. It has been a few years, but I am starting to do more of it again and I had just purchased a ball of camo yarn at Hobby Lobby. That's right, camo. Don't judge me. I live in Mississippi and that's how I roll. Anyway, I had a thought and decided to give it a try.
I started by crocheting a long chain (just a run of the mill chain, nothing special). I didn't count the stitches, but you need a lot of them. The chain needs to be quite long. The good news is that making a crochet chain is simple and quick.
Next I wrapped the the chain around the flip flop straps, securing it with a glue gun as I went.
I used one of those inexpensive mini-glue guns from Hobby Lobby.
And Voila! Cute, camo, crocheted flip flop straps.
The yarn is soft on my feet and I dig 'em. You may not be a camouflage kind of person, but this could work with really any color or color patterned yarn, really. It's a quick craft that you can finish in one afternoon, and if you don't secure it with hot glue, but with something else, theoretically you could swap about the strap covers depending on what you wanted that day.
Take THAT Pinterest!