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Make Your Own Cardigan Clips

Dec 15, 2010 by

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

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  • http://thegirlwithabow.com Diana

    This is a super cute idea, I think I’ll have to start wearing cardigans so I can make bow cardigan clips!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Haha I bet you would look adorable!

  • http://jeroxie.com/addiction penny aka jeroxie

    Great! I think I need you to bring me shopping one day. Not sure where to get these stuff?

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Will do ^_^ Just get from Spotlight/Lincraft or bead stores!

  • http://ricebunnei.blogspot.com/ Eli

    Amazing! These have to be some of the cutest things I’ve ever seen!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Aww thanks Eli!

  • http://bonjour-glow.blogspot.com Glo-w

    Yeay for glue gun AGAIN! I think this is a fantastic idea as it would mean not leaving little puncture marks on the lovely cardi. In your hand I think there is no limit as to what Ms. Violet can do with a glue gun and clip earing.

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Woo glue gun for the win! I’m totally going to think of more clip on earring things to make XD

  • emma_G

    I really need to make this!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      You should!

  • http://elliedidit.com ellie

    Oh, that is SMART – earring backs!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      :D Thank you! I bet you could make some very sexy vintage styled ones.

  • http://hrhqueenalexandria.blogspot.com/ Alexandriaweb

    I know I say this about like every post you make, but those are so cute :3

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      :D It’s always appreciated when you do!

  • http://kawaiiplace.blogspot.com/ layka

    Is a super nice idea¡¡ I love it¡¡

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Thank you!

  • http://www.totalartsoul.com TotalArtSoul

    Great idea! Love it.

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Thanks :)

  • http://biggreendinosaur.blogspot.com BGDino

    I’m thinking that a) I need to try making some, and b) a glue gun needs to become part of my life…

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Mwahaha I will convert you to the glue gun cult yet!

  • http://exotic-japan.com Sakie and Thomas Gantz

    Wow, those are all so cute! I especially like the one in the last photo. This would look so cute with a cardigan as you say. :-)

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Aww thanks so much! <3 You are so sweet to comment!

  • http://miniblog.create-magical-nails.com/mini_nail_blog/ Minnie

    These are super cute:D These are much cuter than putting buttons! You’re really creative Princess!!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Heehee thanks Minnie! <3

  • http://peppermintpuff.co.uk/blog/ Ophykins

    This tutorial is so darling, I made two today! It washed away my post-operation blues!
    I also posted about your blog / this tutorial on my new blog! There are pictures of the two I made if you are interested!

    Here is the link!

    Never stop being amazing! You’re truly inspirational!

    • http://peppermintpuff.co.uk/blog/ Ophykins

      aaaaaaaah! I forgot the link :$!!!
      http://peppermintpuff.co.uk/blog/?p=19 :)

      • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

        XD I’ll go have a look now, thanks for letting me know!!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      I’m so glad you tried it out :D

  • http://peppermintpuff.co.uk/blog/ Ophykins

    I meant to reply ages ago ^_^;;;; sorry
    I’d really like if they were added to your reader gallery! :) thank you

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      No problems! I’ll add it next upload ^_^