How to Make Naruto Sandals

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Naruto is the main character in a Japanese-manga comic book and an anime-cartoon adaptation. Naruto is an adolescent ninja trainee who aspires to be the best in the land. His distinctive, high-topped, open-soled sandals are a fashion craze among today's teens. You can learn to make a pair of Naruto sandals on your own.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 yard of cotton-duck cloth
  • Thread
  • Hot glue
  • Flip-flops
  • Upholstery tacks
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Fabric pencil
  • Pins

Create the Foundation of Your Sandals

  • Cut the thong off the flip-flops you want to make into sandals.

  • Cut the duck cloth in half and then fold a piece of the cloth in half to form a rectangle. Place the rectangle on a sturdy table.

  • Place the outside edge of your foot on the fabric rectangle, parallel to the long sides, with your ankle in the middle.

  • Use the fabric pen to trace the top of your foot on the cloth, from the tips of your toes, up your ankle and to the edge of the fabric.

  • Make a dark mark on the cloth where your toes meet your foot and another mark where your ankle meets your leg.

  • Use a short stitch on your sewing machine to stitch along the line on the fabric, from one dark mark to the other.

  • Cut the cloth, following the line you drew, but cut about 1/2 inch outside of it.

  • Cut a series of nicks into the edge of the fabric, just outside the stitching. Avoid cutting through the stitching.

Finish Your Naruto Sandals

  • Turn the stitched cloth inside out and match up the unsewn edges at the top.

  • Use the sewing machine to stitch from your first dark mark to 1/2 inch from the edge of the fabric. Make another stitch from the second dark mark to 1/2 inch from the edge of the fabric.

  • Turn the cloth inside out again and slide it onto your foot. Match up the two edges along your heel, pin the edges of the cloth together and draw a line where the heel seam will go.

  • Take the fabric off of your foot and stitch along the heel seam line to about halfway up your ankle. Then, trim the cloth about 1/2 inch outside the heel seam, turn the cloth inside out and stitch the seam the rest of the way.

  • Roll back the cloth at the toe and at the top to form cuffs.

  • Stand on top of a flip-flop and pull the fabric you've been sewing down tightly over your toes. Using the pins, pin the cloth all along the edges of the flip-flop.

  • Remove your foot and cut through the cloth about 1/2 inch below the bottom of the flip-flop. Then, fold the bottom edge of the cloth over 1/2 inch and stitch it.

  • Get the remaining duck cloth and cut a 5 by 4-inch piece of it, folding it lengthwise.

  • Stitch the short sides of the cloth together and turn the cloth inside out.

  • Center the piece of cloth on the bottom of the heel of the modified flip-flop. You should leave 1/2 inch of the open side of the piece of cloth to hang over the edge of the flip-flop, stitching around the top three edges of the piece of cloth. Then, fold the bottom edge over the bottom of the shoe and stitch it.

  • Remove one or two tacks at a time and put down a line of hot glue along the edge of the flip-flop between the holes. Push the fabric back down firmly onto the glue. Repeat this process around the entire flip-flop.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be careful with the glue gun. It's easy to burn yourself if you're not paying attention while you use it.
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