Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Today's project: Sequin Heart Shoe Clips

If you have been looking at anything wedding-related on the internet over the past year or two, you will no doubt have come across those beautiful Vivienne Westwood jelly shoes with the hearts on them. I fell in love with the cream and red version, but I am SO not a heel person. Being 5ft 10", I feel cumbersome in heels, a bit like Godzilla stomping around the city, toppling buildings with my pinwheeling arms. I found a flat version, but they don't seem to sell them anywhere any more. I then found some charming little knock-offs on ebay, but they were only for people with tiny feet, which sadly did not include my size 7 tootsies. 

Alas, I thought, it's not meant to be. I never found jelly shoes very comfortable when I wore them the first time around as a young girl in the 90's, so perhaps it was for the best. No one wants blisters on their wedding day! I set about finding an alternative. That's when I found some super cute red sequin heart shoe clips by - perfect, I thought.. until I saw they were in the US and no doubt the shipping fees would cost more than the clips themselves.

Being a budget bride, and a crafty one at that, I set about making my own shoe clips. I found a tutorial online and honestly, it is the most easy peasy DIY project I have done for the wedding! 

You will need:

  1. Red felt (or whichever colour you would like your hearts to be)
  2. Red sequins (or whichever colour you would like your hearts to be)
  3. Strong glue (I used Beacon's Tacky Glue which I got from Fabric Land for £2.89 and it's fantastic!)
  4. Scissors 
  5. Cardboard for making a template
  6. Shoe clips (not pictured as I had already used them before I posted this! Whoops!)
Firstly you need to make a template by drawing out your heart on a piece of cardboard. You can fold it down the middle to make the two sides of the heart even. 

Once you have your template, you can cut your hearts out of the felt and spread the glue across it. You might find it easier to just glue a small bit at a time rather than cover it all in glue and then having it stick to your fingers constantly whilst you put the sequins on (I speak from personal experience here).

To put the sequins on, begin at the bottom of the heart. This is a comfortable place for the start of the thread of sequins and it means you can just follow the shape of the heart round. When the outline is covered in sequins, start moving towards the centre and overlap this row of sequins slightly with the previous layer. This will help give you full coverage of the felt.

Once you have reached the centre, cut the strand of sequins and glue the end down well in the centre of the heart. Leave to dry.

When both hearts are sequinned and dry, flip them over and glue the shoe clip to the back like so:

Remember if you want the heart to be pointing downwards on the shoe, put the clip at the top of the heart in the centre with the clip facing down. Glue the clip on thoroughly and leave to set. (If you're using Tacky Glue, give it overnight just to be safe).

And then, voilĂ ! Heart clips for your shoes!

I have put mine on some cute cream lace pumps by Call It Spring that I got in the Debenhams sale.
They are currently only £7.50 and very comfortable!

So there you have it, your very own heart shoes and for just a fraction of the cost of the designer version. Plus, you can put these clips on any shoes you like, so you could have wedding flip flops, sandals, trainers, stilettos, whatever you love to have on your feet! And you can re-use them again and again after the big day, and anything you can recycle gets a gold star in my book.

If you decide to give it a go (and why not?) I would love to see pictures of your creations so please feel free to leave me a comment with the link and I will go give them some love! :-)

Thanks for reading!


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