I saw a cute flip flop paper pieced pattern the other day while browsing on Etsy. Immediately, I thought it would make a lovely little wall-hanging for a co-worker who is having a big birthday in a couple of months. I decided to purchase the pattern (only $4.50) and make up a test project for myself. The pattern is by Amy Friend of During Quiet Time. She has other fun patterns so check out her store!
I used batik fabrics from my stash with pink for the flip flop pieces because I love pink at the moment! The background is a nice light blue for a summery sky or day at the beach. The base uses a tan fabric with a weave-like texture that reminded me of sandal bottoms. The binding is a lovely dark gray/light black batik that I picked up at the Sew Batik booth at the Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland last fall.
Here’s a look at the finished wall-hanging (approximately 12 inches by 12 inches):
I used a sparkly flower button to accent the front part of the flip flop sandal. I always love a little bling!
I’d recommend quilters be familiar with paper piecing before creating this little cutie (confident beginner or intermediate). If you’ve never paper pieced before, I would start with a simpler block or take a class at your local guild. I also highly recommend Carol Doak’s teaching CDs and books!