How to Make a Sweater Clip

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Convenient and stylish cardigan sweaters allow you to quickly throw them on when you start to get chilly and just as quickly take them off when you get too warm. Use your creative talents to make these sweaters even more fashionable and functional by crafting fabric flower sweater clips to clip at the top of each side to keep the sides close together without buttoning the cardigan up.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1/8-yard cotton fabric
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Hot glue gun
  • 2 1/2-inch alligator clips with small hole in one end
  • Jewellery chain
  • Wire cutters
  • 2 jump rings
  • Needle nose pliers

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  1. 1

    Cut two 2-by-36-inch strips of fabric. Fold the strips in half lengthwise and iron the fold.

  2. 2

    Loosen the tension and lengthen the stitch length on your sewing machine. Sew both strips along the folded edge with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Knot the threads at one end of the seam on both pieces of fabric. Gather the fabric of each strip along the seam until it measures 18 inches long. Knot the threads at the other end to hold the gathers.

  3. 3

    Coil each gathered strip of fabric into a rosette shape. Sew a few stitches with needle and thread through each layer of the coil on the bottom of the flower -- folded edge of the fabric strip -- to hold the flower together. Attach one flower to the top of each alligator clip using hot glue.

  4. 4

    Cut a 5-inch length of chain with wire cutters. Open the two jump rings with needle nose pliers by sticking the tip of the pliers through the ring and prying them open. Thread one jump ring through each end of the chain and then through the hole of one of the clips. Pinch the jump rings closed with the pliers to finish the sweater clip.

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