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
a board: about 5 or so inches wide x 1.5 times the length of your foot
about 70 feet if the rope of your choice
Step 1: make sure you have your board, nails, and hammer. nail them into the shape as seen in the picture below
Step 2: Wrap your rope around the nails as shown, making sure to leave a little bit of extra at the end.
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.
Step 4: wrap the second rope around the first, along the side with the extra length of rope
Step 5: Start to weave. make sure to go: Over, Under, Over, Under... and so on.. it'll take you a while..
Step 6: Weave! WEAVE!!!! WEAVE!!!!!!!
Step 7: you can take your "waraji" off your board now.. if you havent already
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..
(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
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)
Step 12: poke each end of the rope through the botom corners. and tie one off
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.
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!)