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Make Your Own Cardigan Clips

Yesterday I showed you how to make a jumper/sweater into a cardigan and at the end I mentioned that I wasn’t going to add buttons or ribbon ties because I wanted to use cardigan clips. This is how I made them!

Clips like this can be really useful in jazzing up a plain cardigan and are also great for girls with bigger busts who find it difficult to find cardi’s that actually fit in that area!

This particular one was made as a graduation gift for the lovely Celeste^_^

Tutorial- Sweater Clips

So what you need:

  • Pretty beads, I’m using pearls and pink crystals
  • Clip on earring parts
  • Thread, needles, scissors
  • Felt
  • Decorations, I’m using bows and some little heart dangly things
  • Glue gun

I decided to put a bow on each side then the heart dangle then alternate between pearls and crystals. It’s really important to use fairly heavy beads otherwise the clips won’t hang down in that cute arched way, they will just get pulled straight from the cardigan.

Tutorial- Sweater Clips

Now let’s make the beaded part. Using your thread secure it around the first bead (in this case the heart dangly).

Tutorial- Sweater Clips

Thread on all of your beads…

Tutorial- Sweater Clips

Tie it on to the other side too. I used jewellery wire for this one but I’ve used plain thread in the past too.

Tutorial- Sweater Clips

Now let’s take care of the clippy part. You can of course by these from a craft store but I have got an excess of old clip on earrings so I removed the bases of those to use. I cut out felt pieces to cover the front and back of the clips:

Tutorial- Sweater Clips

Then glued them on…

Tutorial- Sweater Clips

So that makes a pretty good base.

Tutorial- Sweater Clips

Now let’s put both of the pieces together! I glued the dangly heart bits on first:

Tutorial- Sweater Clips

Then added the bows over the top!

Tutorial- Sweater Clips

Now this is very important: when you put it together, before you glue everything make sure that the clips are pointing in the right direction! They should be facing opposite directions so they can be clipped to the cardigan like this:

Tutorial- Sweater Clips

It’s a good idea to lay everything out before you actually glue it.

Tutorial- Sweater Clips

All finished! Very quick and easy to make and a fun way to add some sparkle to a plain cardigan ^_^

Tutorial- Sweater Clips