DIY Heart Clips
Natalie Tsoh Oxfam Fashion blogger
13th May 2013
Inspired by a pair of pumps I've been eyeing up for years, I made these heart clips which can then be used on shoes, clothing and/or hair. It only cost me £2.50 in total to make as I only needed to buy the leather. All other instruments and materials, I already had at home.
If you're using material from an old item, de-construct all the pieces then lay them flat. For this, I am using a seam ripper. Skip this step if you already have a flat piece of material.
Using a heart stencil or cookie cutter, draw four hearts on the under-side of the material. For me, that is the felt side. You can use a normal pen, dressmakers chalk or an invisible pen.
Using a pair of fabric scissors or a pair of very sharp household scissors, cut out the four hearts as neatly as you can. It is best to do this in long cuts rather than short snips.
Trim any errors and fix any mistakes, then work out which two are the neatest hearts; these will be the top facing hearts. Place some fabric glue in the centre of the heart on the inner side then spread the glue with a spatula all the way to the edge. Align and glue the sides together with the neatest hearts staying on top. You may also want to glue the around the edge if any sides are felt, this will keep the flyaway fibres down and professional-looking.
Using a pencil, very lightly sketch 'I' and 'you' in the font of your design.
Using a very fine paint brush and black acrylic paint, paint in your sketch. You can use toothpicks to add finer detail and to remove any mistakes, however wait until paint is dry to scratch off any paint. Repeat on the other heart with the word 'you'.
Using some sandpaper or a nail file, sand down the surface of the crocodile clips.
Align your clips to the backs of your hearts. You want to position them so that the clip does not show at the top. If it shows at the bottom, you can use some pliers to break off the excess. You only need to break off the visible part (the forward facing part of the clip). The longer the clip at the back, the more secure it will be.
Using superglue, stick the crocodile clips to the hearts making sure they are straight.
You're now complete! You can slip these onto shoes, use as a hair accessory or fashion accessory. You can switch from I and You to You and I or you could just wear 'you' alone clipped onto your pocket, lapel or, better yet, wear your heart on your sleeve...literally!
Overall, the project cost me just £2.50. You may want to search different places for red leather type materials as I found it incredibly difficult to find. I went to many craft shops and no-one had anything remotely like it. I purchased the material in the form of a purse I found in a charity shop, you can find similar materials on the Oxfam Online Shop here. You
could even skip out the clip part entirely and stick the hearts directly onto old ballerina flats such as these.