DIY Sweater Clip in 3 Easy Steps

This is a bit different from previous posts, as this beading project utilizes pliers and glue instead of needle and thread.  I have been on the look-out for a nice sweater clip for my open-front sweaters (or even a cape clip or dress clip I can use as a sweater clip).  I prefer the clips to be close together to cinch in at the waist, but most of the clips I’ve found are too far apart for that.  So I found a way to make my own, and I absolutely love them!  They hold thick or thin sweaters without snagging, and can be created with casual or formal looks.  The materials are inexpensive, and these sweater clips make great Christmas gifts.  I hope you enjoy this project!

DIY Sweater Clip

DIY Sweater Clip Using Double-Link Beads

DIY Sweater Clip

Sweater Clips

Materials

  • 2 large flat-back beads (can be single-link, double-link, or single-hole flat beads)
  • 2 clip-on earring backs
  • jewelry or metal glue
  • jump rings and pliers
  • chain (optional)
DIY Sweater Clip Materials

DIY Sweater Clip Materials

Step 1:

Glue the earring clips to the back of the beads.  For single-link or single-hole beads, earring clip should point towards the link or hole.  For double-link beads, earring clip should point in between the links.

DIY Sweater Clip - Step 1

DIY Sweater Clip – Step 1

Step 2:

Bend the ends of the earring clips 90-degrees in.  This allows the clip to grab and not slip off the sweater, and to hold without snagging.

DIY Sweater Clip - Step 2

DIY Sweater Clip – Step 2

For greater grip, you can snip out a small section at the end of the clip to create two teeth, using wire cutters:

DIY Sweater Clip: step 2b

DIY Sweater Clip: Step 2b

Step 3:

Connect the two beads using jump rings and chains, with the clips facing outwards.  If using single-hole flat beads, connect them with a wire first (with a loop at each end), then add a chain via jump rings.

DIY Sweater Clip - Step 3a

DIY Sweater Clip – Step 3a

DIY Sweater Clip - Step 3b

DIY Sweater Clip – Step 3b

More Examples:

DIY Sweater Clip

Sweater Clip Using Single-Hole Beads

DIY Sweater Clip

Sweater Clip Using Link Beads

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FREE beading pattern for Twin Flanked Drop Earrings

Here is a simple earring pattern to coordinate with the Twin Flanked Drops necklace design from a previous post.  Materials required are the same as the necklace, plus a couple of 6/0 or 8/0 seed beads and jump rings for connecting the earring to an earring hook or clip. (Refer to my Twin Flanked Drops necklace post for the list of beads used in these two color schemes).  I hope you enjoy this free beading pattern!

FREE beading pattern: Twin Flanked Drop Earrings

FREE beading pattern: Twin Flanked Drop Earrings

Zoom/Print Instructions:

Note:If you are viewing this post from an e-mail, open the post in a browser first (i.e. click on the post title) to follow these steps.

Click on the photos below (or the free beading pattern) to zoom in.  If you wish to print the pattern, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the beading pattern thumbnail to zoom in.
  2. Click on the icon that looks like a square with an arrow to open the image in its original size.
  3. Print that image from your browser (or save the image and print it from another program).

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FREE beading pattern for Christmas Tree Earrings

Even though it is not yet Thanksgiving, I was thinking ahead toward the holidays and wanted to make some 3-D Christmas Tree earrings using twin beads.  I figured if I searched online I might find a pattern or at least an idea for its construction.  To my surprise, after an exhaustive search, I didn’t find anything like what I had in mind.  What I did find was either 2-D, not made from twin beads, or too large for my taste to be an earring.  So I decided to work out a pattern for a small twin-bead 3-D Christmas Tree myself and share it with you all!  The secret to stabilizing the tiers of the tree so that  they don’t shift off-center is the “hidden” bicone crystal placed between the middle and bottom tiers.  The shape of that crystal helps both tiers remain centered around the post, while being only about 5% visible.  I was so happy with how the first pair turned out, I immediately experimented with other color combinations.  I found the pattern worked with either twin beads (like the gold and green examples) or Superduo beads (like the silver and dark blue examples). The Superduo beads seemed to make a slightly “fatter” tree, as the tiers had a little shallower bowl shape than the twin beads.  The last pair I made were the gold trees, where I decided to make a wrapped loop instead of just a simple loop on the last step.  That worked really well to hold the pieces more tightly on the post, and in hindsight, I probably would have done all of them like that.  I hope you enjoy this free beading pattern!

FREE beading pattern: Christmas Tree Earrings

FREE beading pattern: Christmas Tree Earrings

Materials used:

  • Light Green twin beads, transparent rainbow 11/0 seed beads, 4mm green bicone crystals (hidden), 4mm red bicone crystals for the top, and 4mm silver round druk beads for the trunks
  • Silver Superduo beads, red and green silver-lined 11/0 seed beads, 4mm green bicone crystals (hidden), 4mm round lime green metallic crystals for the top, and silver round druk beads for the trunks.
  • Iris Blue Superduo beads, gold and silver 11/0 seed beads (silver-lined), 4mm green bicone crystals (hidden), 4mm gold bicone crystals for the top, and 4mm gold pearls for the trunks.
  • Gold twin beads, silver and aqua 11/0 seed beads (silver-lined), 4mm green bicone crystals (hidden), 4mm teal AB bicone crystals for the top, and 4mm gold pearls for the trunks.

Zoom/Print Instructions:

Note:If you are viewing this post from an e-mail, open the post in a browser first (i.e. click on the post title) to follow these steps.

Click on the photos below (or the free beading pattern) to zoom in.  If you wish to print the pattern, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the beading pattern thumbnail to zoom in.
  2. Click on the icon that looks like a square with an arrow to open the image in its original size.
  3. Print that image from your browser (or save the image and print it from another program).

Note: In Internet Explorer, you can use “Print Preview” to adjust orientation and scale to fit on a single page (landscape orientation, with whatever % scale allows it to fill one full page).  In Safari, orientation and scale can be adjusted on Print dialog via “Show Details” (landscape orientation, with whatever % scale allows it to fill one full page). 

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FREE beading pattern for Twin Flanked Drops necklace

Here is another necklace design using Superduos with round beads.  This pattern requires 4mm and 6mm round beads or crystals, Superduos or twin beads (2-hole), and 11/0 seed beads (up to 3 colors).  The piece below was made using 4mm and 6mm ice blue Czech crystals, light blue rainbow transparent 11/0 seed beads, and silver Superduo beads.  The floral-colored piece was made using 4mm and 6mm dusty pink cats-eye glass beads, white Superduo beads, and three colors of 11/0 seed beads (matte purple rainbow, transparent rainbow lime green, and white). I chose very different color combinations to show how the design looks more formal with classic silver/blue, and more casual and colorful with the floral colors.  I hope you enjoy this free beading pattern!

FREE beading pattern: Twin Flanked Drops

FREE beading pattern: Twin Flanked Drops

Zoom/Print Instructions:

Note:If you are viewing this post from an e-mail, open the post in a browser first (i.e. click on the post title) to follow these steps.

Click on the photos below (or the free beading pattern) to zoom in.  If you wish to print the pattern, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the beading pattern thumbnail to zoom in.
  2. Click on the icon that looks like a square with an arrow to open the image in its original size.
  3. Print that image from your browser (or save the image and print it from another program).

Note: In Internet Explorer, you can use “Print Preview” to adjust orientation and scale to fit on a single page (landscape orientation, with whatever % scale allows it to fill one full page).  In Safari, orientation and scale can be adjusted on Print dialog via “Show Details” (landscape orientation, with whatever % scale allows it to fill one full page). 

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FREE beading pattern for Framed Crystal Drop Earrings

Here is a pattern for some earrings to match the Framed Crystal Drops necklace from my last post.  It requires the same beads, plus 8/0 seed beads for the jump ring to connect to at the top.  Use the jump ring to connect to either clip or pierced ear hook.  The earrings below were made with gold matte superduo beads, bronze TOHO 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads, and peach rose Swarovski crystals (4mm and 6mm). I hope you enjoy this free beading pattern!

FREE beading pattern: Framed Crystal Drop Earrings

FREE beading pattern: Framed Crystal Drop Earrings

Zoom/Print Instructions:

Note:If you are viewing this post from an e-mail, open the post in a browser first (i.e. click on the post title) to follow these steps.

Click on the photos below (or the free beading pattern) to zoom in.  If you wish to print the pattern, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the beading pattern thumbnail to zoom in.
  2. Click on the icon that looks like a square with an arrow to open the image in its original size.
  3. Print that image from your browser (or save the image and print it from another program).

Note: In Internet Explorer, you can use “Print Preview” to adjust orientation and scale to fit on a single page (landscape orientation, with whatever % scale allows it to fill one full page).  In Safari, orientation and scale can be adjusted on Print dialog via “Show Details” (landscape orientation, with whatever % scale allows it to fill one full page). 

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