I know this isn’t the time of the year to be selling flip flops, but I thought this may be a really fun idea for the future. Plus, I wanted an excuse to insert this video…
“I got my swim trunks, and my flippy floppies…”
Alright alright. Enough of the nonsense. In the summer time, people love to wear flip flops. They will invest a ton of money in cute shoes to expose their toes, so you might as well use this to your advantage. You could have a really cool fundraiser selling funky flip flops you can make as a group. The process does not take long, and it doesn’t cost a lot of money either. If you do it right, I guarantee you will make a profit in the summer. Here is a quick guide to flip flop fundraising that you can follow when swimming season hits.
- Pairs of flip flops (however many you need)
- Matching fabric (ribbon works too)
- Scissors (or a fabric knife)
- A ruler
- Time (not a lot of it)
Once you have all your materials in place, you can start tying strips of fabric around the thong of the flip flops, creating a cool little fringe that most people will go nuts for. Cut out strips of fabric that are one inch thick and three inches long. You can make them longer or shorter based on the thickness of the thong and the overall look you are going for. Take one strip and tie it in a knot around the thong with the knot on the top. If you do this over the entire shoe, you should end up with something that looks like the image on this post. You don’t have to do any sewing or anything else along those lines. You just have to tie and go. The process really couldn’t be any easier.
Selecting the Design
You have to come up with the overall look that you want for your flip flops. Do you want to express school spirit or do you just want something people will want to wear? You can think about a color scheme you want to go with or maybe even a certain print that you want on the shoe. Then you can pick out the materials to use accordingly. I found that the best looking flip flops tend to be the solid colored ones with two different fabrics on them, one solid and one graphic. You can choose to use whatever you want though. Just make sure the shows and the fabric look good together because people won’t buy them if they don’t.
Buying the Materials
You don’t have to spend a ton of money on materials for this project. You can get flip flops in most dollar stores, and those should be enough for at least the base of your project. We used to get the clearance ones from Walmart and Target at the end of summer every year because we would repurpose them when the time came around next summer. We had to hold the shoes for a while, but we got them for like $1 a pair sometimes. Think outside the box and try to find a bulk lot of flip flops at a low price. Then you will have a better chance of making money off your show project.
You can also get clearance and scrap fabrics to use for the shoes. Check the leftover bin at local craft stores because you never know what you may find. You could even go too consignment shops and garage sales to find cheap clothes that could be used for the project. Scope out your options early on and you will be able to raise a lot of money with your flip flip fundraiser.