Shoe Clip Tutorial

Sunday, January 16, 2011

When I posted some of my most recent crafts earlier, it seemed as though the majority of y'all wanted to learn how to make the shoe clips. I don't blame you! They are so fun to have on hand to dress up an outfit. You can wear them on the shoe (obviously), or clipped to a headband, a belt, in your hair, on a purse, a sweater, you name it! Not to mention they are really fun/unique/affordable gifts for that special someone. So let's get going shall we?

There are two different fabric flowers I have used for shoe clips so far. Because I'm feeling nice, I will share both with you! The first is probably the easier/quicker flower and looks best using a thinner/lightweight/synthetic fabric (as opposed to cotton). Here is what you will need:

I bought the metal shoe clip piece from a seller on Etsy. I'm not sure if they are found in your basic craft store (like Michael's or Jo-Ann's... I didn't look). Etsy is a really great source for craft supplies if, while entering something in the search bar, you select "supplies" rather than "handmade." The shoe clips were pretty inexpensive if you buy a bunch at a time. If you would like to get the shoe clips this way, click HERE to get to the same seller I purchased from.

Once you have the shoe clips, here's what to do:

So once you have the fabric flower made, you are ready to assemble it to the shoe clip:

When you make two, you can simply clip it to a piece of paper, and BAM! You've got yourself a fun and handmade gift.

To make the second type of flower, you can use a little thicker fabric if you want. Really, use whatever fabric your heart desires. This flower tends to work better with non-patterned fabric (since you can see both sides of the fabric), but all I had on hand was patterns. I still think it's pretty cute, but a solid fabric would not show white on one side. Confused? Just keep reading :) This is the flower that is showcased in the first picture (the blue striped flower on the black shoe). Here are the materials needed:

And here's the step-by-step:

You can just free-hand a flower and circle stencil, or trace/print the one below:
Once the fabric flower is made, you can then simply glue the metal shoe clip to the felt base (as shown with the first flower) and you've got yourself another finished product. Easy peazy, right? And to finish us off, here is an example of this flower with solid fabric:

Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and that you give these a shot! You won't regret it.


Marcella said...

Fancy tutorial! I love these! I wore mine yesterday! :) I should try to make some...lets see if the kids will let me. Maybe they can help me.

layne said...

Camille! I think I found your blog through Megan's? I love it. You're so talented! Definitely want to take a trip to the craft store so I can make these awesome flowers :) I'll try not to be a blog stalker and leave comments now that it's out in the open. haha.Hhave a great Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

rach said...

Wow--so professional! Camille, I elect you to do more of these...often. You have such good taste in crafts!

Angela Joy said...

Great job on the tutorial and everything else you do! You're amazing.

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

I just found this and I am so thankful! Thank you so much! I'm going to make these for my bridesmaids. They can wear whatever shoe they want, but I'll give them these to pull everything together. :)

CGeorge said...

These are so great! Can you tell me what type of glue I should be using?
Thank you!

Camille said...

Thanks!! I used some fabric glue (which you can get at any craft store) but I've also used a hot glue gun which worked great too. Just don't burn your fingers :)

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!! Yours shoe clips are really gorgeous!

embe designs said...

What kind of glue do you use? I have the shoe clips with the felt backing and I need glue that will stay with multiple wearings. Thanks.