These Natural Sandals feature the use of
the Buttonhole Stitch to surround the beads and
create the strap.
Barefoot Sandals, also called Foot Jewelry, have
become very popular in recent years.
By using Hemp or Cotton, and adding wood beads,
this Micro-Macrame design will be a very
interesting way to decorate your feet.
The technique used for the striped portion is
similar to the ,
if you would like to make a matching set. Hemp Bracelet
This Macrame pattern is rated Easy, but make sure
you practice the knots before you get started.
Placed around the second toe.
the top of the foot. Has striped areas
between the loops.
Fit around the ankle
Made with a bead
1mm Hemp or Cotton Cord in light and dark
8mm Wood beads (13) with 5mm size holes
Project Board, pins, tape
Measure your foot as shown below, so you can
determine the size of each section of the Natural
When you are finished, add all three measurements
together so you know total length you need to
the size of the
loop, measure around your toe and
Measure from the toe crease over the top
of the foot, to determine the length of
Measure around your ankle, for the strap
A (light brown): Cut 2 cords, each at
least 65 inches long
B (dark brown): Cut 1 cord, at least
75 inches long
Cut these cords longer if the total length you
need for the Natural Sandals is
than 8.5 inches.
Prepare the tips of the cords with glue to
stiffen and prevent unraveling.
(Optional) Condition the material with Beeswax
if using Hemp.
1: Secure two Color
A cords on your board vertically,
placing tape to mark the center.
2 on the right to make a clockwise
Half Hitch onto cord 1 on the left.
Pull on cord 2 to tighten the knot so it
rests against the tape.
The next Half
Hitch is tied with
1 on the left, onto cord 2.
Repeat these two steps several times,
until the sennit is HALF
the size you need for the toe
So if you need a 3-inch loop, stop at 1.5
sennit around and go back to the
over the first half so
the bottom is now face up. The
reason for this is so the knots can be
tied the same way.
Tie the same number of knots as the first
half, starting with cord
The next four steps (A - D) show you how to tie a
Square Knot to complete the toe loop.
Refer to these instructions when you get to the
following section of the Natural Sandals (Step 3 -
Place the loop around your second toe to make sure
it fits. Add more knots if necessary (each
Fold it so the
four ends are together, and secure it on
Tie a Square knot:
A: Move cord
1 to the right, over
the fillers and under
B: Move cord
4 to the left, under
As you pull it out on the left, pass over
Steps A + B = First Half of SK
Cords 1 and 4
have switched places.
Tying the second half of the SK is the
same as steps A and B, but the direction
C: Move cord
1 to the left,
the fillers and under
D: Move cord
4 to the right,
As you pull it out on the right, pass over
Steps C +
D = Second Half of SK
3: Place the color
B cord under cords 2 - 3
(fillers), and secure it at the
Tie only the first
half of an SK (steps A and B).
Move the ends horizontally, right and
1 and 4 (color A) under
the ends of the color
halves of a SK (Steps A - D)
around the fillers.
The knot is tied loosely in this image
only so you can see the parts. Be
sure to tighten the knot completely.
Move the ends
B under the color
A working cords (1 and 4).
Tie the second
half of a SK (steps C + D) around
Tip: The concept for this design is
that a Square Knot tied with one color is nestled
inside the two halves of the second color.
This creates an attractive striped pattern for
your Natural Sandals.
Tie the remaining
SK as follows (see step 2):
B - Steps A + B (first half)
B - Steps C + D (second half)
For Natural Sandals Important: over
8.5 inches long, tie more knots so this
section is 1-inch in length.
The last knot you tie should be with color
5: Now you will make the first
Buttonhole design for your Natural
Use the right half of the color
B cord to tie a Half Hitch onto cord
4 (color A).
- under - over as shown.
loop is tied by moving color B clockwise,
- over cord 4.
As you pull it right, pass under
loops = 1 Vertical Larks Head knot
Tie at least 4
more Larks Head knots. Slide a bead onto
cords 2 and 3.
Test to verify the sennit is long enough
to surround the bead, by moving cord 4 to
the left horizontally.
The last Larks
Head knot should
Tie more knots if needed. (filler).
step 5 on the left, tying the
same number of knots.
The left half of cord
B is tied around cord
1 (color A).
to make the two loops.
first Buttonhole loop for your Natural
Sandals by tying a Square Knot with
The working cords are 1 and 4, as in
Steps 3 - 4 to make the next
section of nestled Square Knots. Begin by moving
the working cords (1 and 4). color A
Tie the first half of a SK.
steps 5 -
6, creating another Buttonhole
Place the design on your foot (with the
toe loop in place). Verify that this
section is close to your ankle.
You can add more nestled SK if necessary,
but the design will be slightly different
than the images shown.
Divide the cords into two groups, and follow the
instructions below to make the ankle straps for
your Natural Sandals.
7: Use the color
B cord on the right
to tie 5 Vertical Larks Head knots onto
the two color A cords.
This is the same knot you used in the
Buttonhole designs. The loops are
a bead onto all
You may need to use a bead reamer or fine
tip pliers to enlarge the hole.
Select one of
A cords to tie the next 5
Vertical Larks Head knots.
more sections, alternating the colors.
Make sure you switch between the two color
A cords, so you use the material
The strap should be 1/2
your ankle measurement.
Try the Natural Sandals on your feet to make
sure the design fits properly. The last knot
should rest in the back of the ankle, in the
Tie additional knots in the strap if necessary.
Make sure you finish with a section of five knots,
without a bead
at the end.
Step 7, tying the same number of
The only change is that the loops are tied
since the color B is to the left of the
Finishing + Clasp
Tie an Overhand
Knot at the end of each strap.
Apply glue on the inside
9: When the glue is dry,
cut off one cord close to the knot.
Pass the remaining two cords through the
bead for the clasp.
Pass the two
cords from the other side through the same
bead, heading the opposite direction.
Pull both ends
the Natural Sandals.
set of two cords, move down 3 - 4
inches, so there's enough space for your
foot to pass through.
Tie a Barrel knot at the place
measured. Apply glue and cut off the
excess when it's dry.
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