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Essenceofaaron
10-06-2005, 12:57 AM
Alright so i figured i might as well attempt at making a totorial about these things, since a lot of people are cosplaying as Bleach characters.

there arent very many sites out there that sell waraji in the style that people are looking for, so i made my own.

So first of all. what you will need
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a board: about 5 or so inches wide x 1.5 times the length of your foot
6 nails
hammer
about 70 feet if the rope of your choice
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Step 1: make sure you have your board, nails, and hammer. nail them into the shape as seen in the picture below
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v66/Essenceofaaron/waraji1.jpg

Step 2: Wrap your rope around the nails as shown, making sure to leave a little bit of extra at the end.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v66/Essenceofaaron/waraji2.jpg

Step 3: Bring in a second piece of rope(this is where most of your rope will be used). lay it next to one of the ends of the rope as shown in the diagram.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v66/Essenceofaaron/waraji3.jpg

Step 4: wrap the second rope around the first, along the side with the extra length of rope
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v66/Essenceofaaron/waraji4.jpg

Step 5: Start to weave. make sure to go: Over, Under, Over, Under... and so on.. it'll take you a while..
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v66/Essenceofaaron/waraji5.jpg

Step 6: Weave! WEAVE!!!! WEAVE!!!!!!!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v66/Essenceofaaron/waraji6.jpg

Step 7: you can take your "waraji" off your board now.. if you havent already
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v66/Essenceofaaron/waraji7.jpg

Step 8: remember how you started this off? well you're pretty much gonna finish it the same way. wrap around and stick the extra inside the wrap you're making now..
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v66/Essenceofaaron/waraji8.jpg


(gets sorta make-shift around here)
Step 9: this is the strap that will hold your foot into the waraji. Get your third length of rope(you can make this thinner if you want), and poke it through the sandle. sorta Looping one of the base pieces
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v66/Essenceofaaron/waraji9.jpg

Step 10: twist this rope acouple times, (this will be where your toes go)
Sorry, no picture, forgot to draw it and im lazy!

Step 11: Poke each side of the rope into one of the sides of the waraji. (about 1/3 of the way down. It'll end up being about 1/2 the length of your foot)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v66/Essenceofaaron/waraji10.jpg

Step 12: poke each end of the rope through the botom corners. and tie one off
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v66/Essenceofaaron/waraji11.jpg

Step 13: Bring the side thats not tied around the back end of the waraji. poking it into the front Looping around and poking through again.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v66/Essenceofaaron/waraji12.jpg


You're almost done!!!!(with one shoe)

remember those pieces of rope that were extra in the begining? all you have to do now is pull them and tighten everything up!

cut em, tie em.. do what ya gotta to make the bulk of them go away...


the loop you made last will be wrapped around your ankle, pull that extra bit to tighten them to fit your foot..

(i'd post a picture of what mine looked like. but my sister stole her digi cam away from me and wont give it back!)

Nicepants
10-06-2005, 02:36 AM
um, I dunno about everyone else, but not a single one of those pictures will load for me o.o Might want to doublecheck that

Essenceofaaron
10-06-2005, 04:20 AM
um, I dunno about everyone else, but not a single one of those pictures will load for me o.o Might want to doublecheck that


what what.... gah. crap..


okay it should be fixed now

Tenebrae
10-06-2005, 05:50 PM
The picture in step 4 is a little unclear...
The rest of this, though, is very interesting and useful.
Thank you!
Oh yeah...
This site may also be useful as it has an illustration of how to wear traditional waraji:
http://www.shop-japan.co.jp/english-boku/footwear7-s.htm
Here's the picture, in case you have a hard time finding it:
http://www.shop-japan.co.jp/shop/jikatabi/how-to-wear-waraji-illust.htm
The illustration may help someone figure out where/how to place the rope to tie it onto the foot in case Essenceofaaron's pics aren't quite clear enough.

Waraji fascinate me and frighten me at the same time. They look like they'd be terribly uncomfortable. Hmmm...gel inserts in tabi...hehehe

-Tenebrae.

Nicepants
10-07-2005, 12:21 PM
Those aren't quite the waraji worn in bleach, though, because the ones in bleach have a portion that runs up the heel a good 3 or 4 inches. I suppose it could be easily adapted though, just make it longer and fold it up, neh?

Or did I miss somethin in your post?

Jen-neko
10-07-2005, 12:45 PM
state_alchemist actually made a really awesome pair of waraji. He posted a tutorial about it (that I just found the other night). It can be found here:
http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=66383&highlight=waraji

This thread is helpful, though, because I've been contemplating cosplaying Rukia for quite some time now =^_^= And now that I've figured out how to make a hakama (and am in the process of figuring out the kimono) I figure her shinigami outfit would be ideal :3

Essenceofaaron
10-07-2005, 03:47 PM
Those aren't quite the waraji worn in bleach, though, because the ones in bleach have a portion that runs up the heel a good 3 or 4 inches. I suppose it could be easily adapted though, just make it longer and fold it up, neh?

Or did I miss somethin in your post?


actualy i just didnt include the step of folding the back end.

Nicepants
10-07-2005, 08:58 PM
Oh, so the instructions are for making them that correct length? Great, that means I cna use them.
If I have the time, lol. I got 2 weeks to make a zabimaru, and an aizen costume (for a friend) lol.

Essenceofaaron
10-07-2005, 09:54 PM
it took me about an hour for each of them. the second was a little quicker because i knew what i was doing..

just be sure to weave and wrap everything the oposite of your first one. otherwise you'll end up with two left feet.... or right.. yeah

fightstar
10-07-2005, 11:42 PM
I take it that if I where to go for an authintic Ninja Cosplay I would want Waraji? So which would be best buy online or go to the hardware store and get my own rope?? Your thoughts.

HybridTwist
10-08-2005, 12:49 AM
state_alchemist actually made a really awesome pair of waraji. He posted a tutorial about it (that I just found the other night). It can be found here:
http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=66383&highlight=waraji

This thread is helpful, though, because I've been contemplating cosplaying Rukia for quite some time now =^_^= And now that I've figured out how to make a hakama (and am in the process of figuring out the kimono) I figure her shinigami outfit would be ideal :3


Well thank you Jen-neko, I'm glad that my tutorial is helping some people.:cheers:

But Essenceofaaron or Nicepants (or whoever finishes first) please post some pictures, I would really like to see how they came out.

And fightstar, when I think of authentic ninja...feet-wise, I think of the tabi socks with the leather sole like this one (http://www.e-budostore.com/images/tabi02-5023.jpg). However, ninja's with a pair of waraji wouldn't be uncommon.

Essenceofaaron
10-08-2005, 01:23 AM
I take it that if I where to go for an authintic Ninja Cosplay I would want Waraji? So which would be best buy online or go to the hardware store and get my own rope?? Your thoughts.


I'd probably go for tabi socks like good ol' state alchemist said.
If you look around you can find acouple sites that sell waraji, but most will be japanese based, and this shipping costs will be insane. they also wont be in the style of the Bleach Cosplay.. then again you said ninja, not shinigami... I say it all depends on how you want to go about it.

Personally I wanted to experiance of making them for myself.



And State, I have a finished pair.. but no digi cam to take pictures... my sister stole hers back from me! I'll have to ask her for it next time i see her

Gaara_kun
10-08-2005, 03:28 PM
For fightstar- I think tabi boots would work too, they're a bit on the expensive side sometimes though.

Those are nice tutorials you guys. I found this a while ago... more traditional I guess: http://www.rhinohide.cx/tousando/img/waraji.jpg

HybridTwist
10-08-2005, 09:15 PM
And State, I have a finished pair.. but no digi cam to take pictures... my sister stole hers back from me! I'll have to ask her for it next time i see her

>.< Awwww, man. Well please PM me when you do get some shots up.

fightstar
04-22-2006, 10:19 AM
Has anyone progressed on this tutorial? Any new developments or discoveries? Just asking b/c I found the tutorial again and I see that is is pretty old since the last posting.

bobthemangaman
06-15-2006, 03:51 PM
I'm working on these waraji and once i finshed my first pair i suggest putting about 4-5 nails along the and have the first piece of string wich goes around all of them. it helps keep the shoe wide

Sadakuno
06-24-2006, 09:59 PM
I just finished my waraji. They turned out pretty good looking. However, the only thing I'd suggest doing is having the farthest nails only 2.5'' apart. For me 5'' made the waraji way too big after you take into account the fact that the rope goes around the nail, and has to weave around it. It adds like an extra inch on each side. Maybe I was just doing it wrong...Well, I don't have a camera to get some pics up atm, but if anyone wants I can try in a few days or so.

They're also a lot more comfy than you'd think ^_^

KawaiiEdea
07-01-2006, 10:41 AM
I just finished mine couple days ago. I made them out of hemp though and a pre-woven base. pics>
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v160/kawaiiedea/247c5d28.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v160/kawaiiedea/7ab4f42b.jpg
(it's hard taking pictures of your feet)
they took a long time unfortunately XD about 6 hours. I had to braid each strip then sew them together (the back part) and attach the clasps. It didn't help that I haven't braided hemp in years XD

btw- the tabi socks in the pictures are from www.sock-dreams.com and they were only $10 (it's even less for they ankle length version). free shipping!

NocturnalFerri
07-12-2006, 12:03 AM
Hey, question for the ppl that made warajis by weaving: What did you guys make your waraji's out of?

I made a pair of waraji using twine...bad idea since the final product ended up really hairy. Really really hairy. I used a tutorial much like the one at the beginning of the thread, but extended the ankle. (http://fukuoka.cool.ne.jp/chiketon/howto-waraji.html) it took me *forever* to finish since twine is thin. it turned out ok but the hairyness bothers me. Here's a pic, sorry it's dark, and lol, i trimmed the extra stuff around the ankle: http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b198/NocturnalFerri/waraji.jpg

Also, if you wore them to a con...did they last the weekend? Im scared of wearing mine to a con. First off, its really slippery (stupid twine!), and 2nd....im scared to death of getting it caught on the escalator at otakon. ^_^; I attached the foam bottoms of a cheap pair of flip flops to my hairy waraji with my extra twine. It survived a day at animenext.

Just looking for feedback.

Essenceofaaron
07-12-2006, 06:35 AM
mine lasted all weekend. and i still have them laying around the house. I finaly got some pictures online.. now that its been over a year since i made them...

i did get a blister by my big toe though.. my rope was too thick and i didnt have tabi socks. its probably a better idea to use hemp.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v66/Essenceofaaron/IMGP0218.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v66/Essenceofaaron/IMGP0219.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v66/Essenceofaaron/IMGP0223.jpg

Essenceofaaron
07-12-2006, 06:42 AM
double post

HybridTwist
07-12-2006, 09:27 PM
I just finished mine couple days ago. I made them out of hemp though and a pre-woven base. pics

Wow, those look better than mine. Nice work! Same to you Essenceofaaron, good work. :)

Daikon
07-26-2006, 11:40 AM
Can someone explain to me step 3 and 4 im completely confused on those steps.....

Metallic_Angel
10-15-2006, 09:42 PM
I just finished my waraji today. I'm cosplaying as Rukia in her shinigami outfit, and this tutorial saved me! The rope I used is durable but very soft so my feet feel like I'm on a cushion ^_^ Here are some pictures of them, I just need to trim a little of the excess rope:

http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=879662

http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=879663

Hawkeye
11-07-2006, 06:08 PM
Do you really need 70 feet of rope?

AlphaNinn
11-07-2006, 06:17 PM
I found an alternative to weaving the whole thing. I tried following the tutorial, and gave up, so I ended up taking a flip flop, cut it down to the base, and glued the rope to that (I did still weave the part that goes up the back of the leg). They're durable, comfortable, and don't slip.

The shoes - http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=896271
And on me, from the back - http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=909040

They're not as accurate as weaving them, but I was getting compliments on them all weekend.

Jiah
12-10-2006, 10:55 AM
Woo, I made my first one last night with this tutorial, jute twine, and *cough* hot glue. I'm not really that craft, so mine are a bit uh... questionable, but they're serviceable.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v47/jiahfurre/waraji2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v47/jiahfurre/waraji1.jpg

Roleplaywulf
12-11-2006, 01:49 PM
This tutorial totally saved my life 0_0

Question! How much would it cost for 70 feet of Rope? That kinda looks like alot of money.

Jiah
12-11-2006, 05:54 PM
With the stuff I used, it only costs a few dollars for 210 feet of jute twine, though you'll be using alot more than 70 feet. I used up most of mine and need to get an entirely new roll before I can start on the second one.

Roleplaywulf
12-11-2006, 06:26 PM
With the stuff I used, it only costs a few dollars for 210 feet of jute twine, though you'll be using alot more than 70 feet. I used up most of mine and need to get an entirely new roll before I can start on the second one.

Thank you! So, I will need like..140 or more feet to make 1 pair, right?

And where can I buy rope?

Jiah
12-11-2006, 09:07 PM
Thank you! So, I will need like..140 or more feet to make 1 pair, right?

And where can I buy rope?

More than 210 if you use what I did, just because it's so thin. As I said, I'm going to essentially need a seperate spool per shoe.
I got my twine at the local hardware store.

AlphaNinn
12-11-2006, 09:57 PM
I get my twine at Home Depot or Lowes. Any hardware store will have it. And I'm sure Wal Mart does, too.

Essenceofaaron
12-12-2006, 09:33 AM
the skinnier the rope or twine used. the more you will need.

everyone's waraji look really good so far. keep at it

Sephirothq
01-08-2007, 05:39 PM
I was looking at the waraji that were made and they are really nice. I had made a pair using a bit different approach. if anyone is interested please post and i will go into detail.
thanks

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p36/SephirothQ2/010807_17441.jpg

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p36/SephirothQ2/010807_17451.jpg

sorry about the poor quality pics

char-lie
03-17-2007, 07:42 PM
woot! thank you very much for this tutorial. I made them, too :D

http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=1019937

but I pinned the nails on the board in the actual shape of my foot (+ that extra length that goes up your heel), because I thought with the kind of rope I used it wouldn't be possible to pull the extra strings from the beginning and tighten everthing up
here you can see:
http://img126.imageshack.us/img126/6453/1001541df0.jpg

to everyone who wants to make them too - go for it! :D it's not that difficult :)

Lady Neese
03-24-2007, 07:20 PM
Well I've done some experiementing with this and found that if you add 2 inches onto the size of your foot it works pretty well and for the ties I just used one continuous length of 6 feet instead of making the thong and loop on top from different lenghts. They're fairly comfy, easy and fun to make.

Here's a picture of the one I did today:
http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=1026428

The end size was 12 inches since my feet are 10 inches. I used 30ft for the weave, about 5ft for the base and 6ft for the tie. So for both of the waraji I only used 82ft of rope. The rope I used I got from Hobby Lobby, its called Jupe rope, the spool I got had 900ft on it and was 40% off, with coupon, so it only cost me $8.32 for the whole thing. Which is a good thing cause I have at least 6 pairs to make for my friends who are cosplaying with me.

baku_neko
03-31-2007, 10:55 PM
I think I'm going to attempt this tomorrow on my day off. ^_^

Question though, where is everyone getting their tabi socks? I don't want ones that are too stretchy that they're kinda see through (like some socks)...

EDIT: Hey Lady Neese, do you mean Jute rope? Never heard of Jupe before...

Chipface
07-13-2007, 08:05 AM
This is a question for anybody who's pulled of making waraji using this tutorial. How did you get the heel part to stay up when not wearing them?

SeamustheBlack
07-30-2007, 07:35 PM
I managed mine it took about three hours for the first one, and about 45 min for the second, they actually ended up pretty comfortable. But I learned much and I'm intending to make a second pair. Here's my tips for further work;

1. the best rope for my money is 1/4 inch, 200ft of that should give you about two pairs at least.

2. I used an extra set of nails to mark where my foot ended, I also think it's a good idea that instead of squaring off the nails, match them to shape of yur foot.

3. The two lines that run down the middle of the shoe, make sure the one on the inside has about of inch of slack, you can use that to run the line that goes over your toes through, it's accurate to the shoe, and my toe went numb from the rope pressed against it for the three days of the con.

hyper94120
09-15-2007, 02:39 PM
i cant seem to get this right when i go to tighten the shoe sandle thing the back part goes into a knot and the weaving comes undone can some one help me oh and steps 3 and 4 are bit confusing

SoulReaper898
09-23-2007, 01:38 PM
How do you make the part that goes up the back of your foot?

Chipface
09-24-2007, 02:42 AM
You just make it long enough for the part that goes up the back of the foot and when you tie the waraji, it'll go up the back of your foot?

SoulReaper898
09-24-2007, 05:58 PM
I still don't get it like how long do I have to make it if i was a size 9?

Chipface
09-26-2007, 12:30 AM
Measure your foot and add 2-4 inches.

TK-3279
10-16-2007, 07:51 PM
Would someone please help me? I'm trying to make my waraji before halloween and I'm stuck. I'm on step 2 - do I tie the loose ends somewhere? Do I staple them down? Also in steps 3 and 4, do I tie that piece somewhere or just weave around it? And could someone please clearify steps 8 through the end (mainly step 8, I kind of understand the rest but just to make sure)? I woud like as much help as I can get as I'm not a crafty person. Thanks so much!
Nathaniel

Kyohime
11-07-2007, 03:30 PM
Thanks for the tutorial! You saved my life!
I'm going to try making a pair next weekend <3

hitsugaya #1fan
02-04-2008, 06:59 PM
ok i understand the directions to make the sandels.
but i dont understand the 2nd and 3rd pic (purple/red line) so i need a little help understanding it.
also can u send me a message thorugh cosplay.com with a picture of ur bleach sandles.

hitsugaya #1fan
02-04-2008, 07:05 PM
i have a post for ur message #47
PLZ respond to it

Soliel_Hime
02-04-2008, 07:06 PM
This looks like a really good tutorial. I really needed one for waraji sandles since I need to make two pairs, one for my Rukia cosplay and one for my brother's Hitsugaya cosplay. As soon as I finish my zanpakutou and our tabi socks, I'll start on these. Thanks!:bigtu:

bandXaided
02-04-2008, 10:10 PM
whoot! excited!
but i feel so bad since i uhhh roped my sister into making our waraji and she's slower than i am and uhh.....i'm sorta confused in general...i think...

UsakoMinako
03-01-2008, 12:33 PM
^_^ so i've been checking out your tutorial for a while and finally I am going to attempt the project! Jupe (jute???) rope looks REALLY comfy so I am going to try to find some. I am afraid of twine becaus I can see it chafing the heck out of our skin. We are going to masquerade to jump and kick nons top for 2.30 minutes plus practices, so I want to have the safest sturdiest most comfortable weaving material possible for my team.
I will also be making 6 pairs! I hope to complete some soon and post! YEY!
Also, I am going to see about lacing the bottom with a non slip device or some sort of glue.

Ribii-chan
03-02-2008, 02:38 PM
<33 This worked out really well for me. I made a pair for myself that are perfect - but white and won't hold the coffee staining properly. My brother's pair sorta failed though 'cause he has giant feet and I had to make the weave really loose for them to be wide enough. I braced them with tootpicks, so it's all good xD

Really a good tutorial though.

Edpsx
04-01-2008, 11:34 AM
Edit for double post.

Edpsx
04-01-2008, 06:49 PM
Just finished mine today. Thanks!

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1463287/

Trumby
04-19-2008, 09:03 PM
Finished mine today:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v359/Trumby/IMG_0044.jpg

First one took me about an hour and a half..second about an hour. I feel bad for those of you that used a thinner twine. Looping 50' through there over and over sucked enough..lulz.

TMar
04-23-2008, 03:43 PM
I'm also planning on making my own waraji. But first I'm going to look for some thicker rope for this, or twist the thinner one that I have.

TheByakuya
04-28-2008, 08:56 PM
Thanks, this tutorial was a big help!
http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1496919/

Walladreyn
05-13-2008, 09:16 PM
Hey guys, first post here. Anyway I'm in the process of making some waraji also and I've noticed that while i'm weaving around the middle, the base is becoming way too thin. I have a fairly long foot also, 11 inches. Should i not be pulling the rope tight as i weave? Or perhaps should i just start over and get a thicker rope? Note that I'm using jute twine for my material. Any response is greatly appreciated.

UsakoMinako
05-14-2008, 09:36 PM
So i was confused because if you use 1/4 jute and this one tutorial says 14 feet, how much 1/4 jute do you really need for a shoe?

Rule322
06-28-2008, 05:27 PM
Here's my attempt at this tutorial. Only one done yet, but it shows that this tut is great. You saved my life. (http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l218/Rule322/ilovethese.jpg)

Talt
08-05-2008, 06:53 PM
Awesomely useful tutorial! I'm trying to make a Bleach cosplay group, so doing the waraji exactly like in the anime would be totally awesome :3

*save up to the favorites, in case I need it*

Inouesan
08-06-2008, 12:46 PM
hi, can someone help me out? Everything goes fine until i take the waraji off the board, then everything is in chaos. some of the weave become really loose, the bottom of the waraji is super chaotic X_X
This is like my 3rd try but i always mess up at the end. If someone can help me, you would be my hero ^^

Ukara07
10-24-2008, 06:11 PM
Eep! I just finished my waraji. I feel so accomplished, weaving my own shoes.

Rakuenless
01-08-2009, 01:01 AM
Okay, I know this is going to sound like a dumb question... But for the life of me, I can't figure it out T_T

How do you tie the strings?? I bought a pair like these http://www.myimportstore.com/store/images/Anime/BleachSandals.jpg But I haven't been able to figure out how to tie them at all. I've read through everything on this page, and looked at the various tutorials on how to tie them, but I just can't do it @__@

Any help would be much appreciated *3*

Essenceofaaron
04-09-2009, 05:25 AM
hey guys!

everyones waraji look really awesome. I havent been around much on this site and ive retired my ichigo costume.

sorry to those i wasnt able to help out.

if anyone needs help with anything PM and and I'll get it eventually =).. im usually pretty good about replying to PM's asking for help.

Nytngale
07-17-2009, 11:55 PM
Thanks soooo much for making this tutorial Essenceofaaron!!!
I'm cosplaying as the rarely cosplayed.... Senna! :)

Here's my waraji! http://i558.photobucket.com/albums/ss27/Nyt_Nyt/Waraji.png
Besides running out of rope(nearly 12m) for my left foot, it turned out great!

Thanks lots again! ^^

alcott
08-14-2009, 06:43 PM
i've been using this tutorial to make my waraji, and i think i'm doing something wrong - so far, one sandal has taken about six hours?

Essenceofaaron
08-15-2009, 02:22 AM
well, how far along in the process are you? they can be pretty time consuming

and those look really good Nytngale


*side note* its really fun going to a con and attending the bleach photo shoots, and seeing 1/2 the people there wearing your tutorial on their feet. =)

PhoenixDev
10-21-2012, 05:55 AM
Hey Essenceofaaron! Thanks for a great tutorial.
Guys here is my attempt at weaving a pair of waraji for an Ichigo costume, that I'm making this Halloween!
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151168913871107.450815.530836106&type=1&l=72c25a9380
:toothy: