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How to Make Triangle Barefoot Sandals Using the Rainbow Loom

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I love using crochet techniques and a Rainbow Loom to craft clothes and accessories.

Rainbow Loom Triangle Barefoot Sandals

Rainbow Loom Triangle Barefoot Sandals

How to Make Triangle Barefoot Sandals

Summertime has officially arrived here in the Philippines, along with the intense heat and dry weather. Because it is also beach season, I wanted to make a pair of barefoot sandals to wear when walking on the sand. There is a basic pattern available for a simple barefoot sandal from Craft Life, but I wanted something that covered a bigger area, so I came up with this design.

This is a tutorial on how to make a pair of triangle barefoot sandals using the Rainbow Loom. Unfortunately, you can only make this via a loom that has holes on the bottom for the design to fit through, so other loom brands are out.


  • Rainbow Loom (or a loom with detachable pins)
  • Hook (the one that comes with the loom or a crochet hook)
  • 260 Rubber Bands (My shoe size is US size 6, so might need to adjust the estimated number accordingly, depending on the size of your foot. I used three colors for mine, to help with the counting of rows for the triangle part, but you can choose to use as many or as few colors as you like.)

Step 1: Make the Triangle

Make the triangle portion of the sandals by following this YouTube tutorial from jordantine1, using 2 rows of 11 pins (total of 22 pins) and working the pattern as she did in her video. If you are making this for a child, you might want to use fewer pins—just make sure to start with an odd number (e.g. 9, 7, 5) to make the pattern work.

Here are some tips and photos to help you with this step:

  • Note that I only used the smaller bases on either side of the loom for support, since the design needs a hole to fit through.
  • Use a different color for each new layer to help you remember which row you are currently on and when it is time to reduce the number of pins.

Step 2: Make the Anklet

  1. Once you have finished the triangle portion of the sandal, place your hook through 4 loops on the edge of the larger part of the triangle.
  2. Pull through 2 rubber bands and proceed to make the single chain pattern using 2 bands at a time. For my anklet, I made 14 chains (on each side) and placed a C-clip at the end to secure the loops.
  3. Go to the opposite side of the triangle and repeat the process to make the other half of the anklet.
  4. Secure the loops with the C-clip from the other side to finish the anklet.

Here are some photos to help you through this process:

Step 3: Make the Ring

  1. Using double bands throughout, make 11 single chains to form the ring (the cap band does not count as a chain).
  2. Once you reach the desired length, insert your hook into the cap band (you now have 4 loops in your hook) and pull 2 bands through all 4 loops to link the 2 ends together.
  3. Place another C-clip to secure the ends and connect the ring to the top of the triangle to finish the sandals.

Here are some photos to help you through this process:

Step 4: Repeat the Process, and Then Enjoy Your Pair of Sandals!

Make 2 for a matching pair and you'll be ready to go to the beach! Have fun making this design.


Thelma Alberts from Germany on March 11, 2015:

Wow! This is awesome. I have made bracelets last year with Rainbow loom. Thanks for sharing this tutorial as you reminded me that I have still a box of Rainbow looms to make from the Philippines. Voted up and useful.

Claudia Porter on March 10, 2015:

Very cool. My daughter would love to make a pair of these and I know she has loads of the bands! Fun project.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 22, 2014:

These are so cute and such a great idea!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on May 01, 2014:

So cute for summer! Voted up and beautiful!

dezalyx (author) from Philippines on April 30, 2014:

Thanks for all the comments! I hope you all have fun making the sandals. :)

Ann1Az2 from Orange, Texas on April 30, 2014:

Rubber band crafts are becoming very popular with the teens, I've noticed. A friend of mine made me a bracelet with her loom one evening. I was amazed at her agility. This was interesting and I love the finished product!

Mackenzie Sage Wright on April 30, 2014:

Those are adorable, how cute! IT woud make a great way to disguise those ugly cheap dollar store flip-flops I grab for when I go camping or run around in the summer.

Lee Tea from Erie, PA on April 30, 2014:

My sister has pumped out dozens of bracelets...can't wait to throw some fresh material her way! Shared - thanks!

Debra Allen from West By God on April 30, 2014:

I love it and thanks for sharing this with us who like to be creative and do things on their own. I will also share it with others too for you.