messy closet
NOT A MEMBER? Sign Up and Create A Lookbook

Make a Cardigan Clip

Sweater guards have two clip-style decorative pieces on either end connected by chain or a length of beads that you can clip to your sweater to hold it over your shoulders
 Written by Kasmira K

When I'd visit my grandmother, I usually got to stay in the attic bedroom. One entered the mostly unfinished attic by climbing the noisiest staircase in the world. The stairs exited into a storage room, lined with narrow shelves filled with memorabilia. A rickety wooden railing kept one from falling into the stairwell, but it still gave me vertigo to step onto the plywood plank that bridged the gap in order to investigate the oddities stored in the furthest corner. I practiced typing on an oldfashioned typewriter and giggled at old photos of my mother and her sisters. They rollerskated in costume and sported cat-eye glasses. In school portraits, I noted the pretty chains that kept their unbuttoned cardigans on their shoulders and dismissed them as hopelessly old-fashioned.

Years later, I developed an appreciation for granny-chic items, like those cat-eyed glasses, and saw how a cardigan clip could be incorporated into my wardrobe. However, they no longer seem to be widely available. I had to make my own.

Tools and Materials:

  1. Chain nose pliers

  2. Wire cutter (not pictured)

  3. Beading wire

  4. Decorative beads

  5. Two crimp beads (not pictured)

  6. Two clip on earrings (the tighter, the better)

Thread the wire with a crimp bead, the decorative beads, and then one more crimp bead.

Loop the wire around the first earring and insert free end into the crimp bead. Crimp.

Repeat with the second earring, being sure to eliminate most of the slack in the wire.


This is my very first foray into beading, so I'm not sure how well crimp beads hold up. If you are a beader and have a better suggestion for securing the loop, leave a comment!

  • OOTD Blog Posts
    • Michelle
    • Christine
    • Maegan
    • Rumi
    • Keena
    • Kasmira
  • Other Topics
  • How to Dress Great on a Tight Budget
    Making better decisions when shopping on a budget doesn't mean you can't be fashionable. Staying dressed in the latest styles and looking good wit...
    Why is Ed Hardy so Expensive & Popular?
    Why is Ed Hardy so expensive and popular? Well it all goes back to tattoos. Tattoos have always had a huge impact on life, religion, & music. ...
    What Hoodies Are In Style?
    What hoodies are in style? Ever ask yourself this question when shopping in Aeropastale , Hollister & American Eagle? Believe it or not pullov...
    When to Wear White
    With the contemporary day emphasis on style becoming more of an individualized concept than of people today blindly following suggestions without havi...
    How to Wear Skinny Jeans
    "Skinny jeans" the unisex fashion trend that isn't going away anytime soon. Since skinny jeans are going to be around and remain just as popular as th...
    Window Shopping
    Shifting through the racks of clothes at your favorite department store gives you a heightened sense of happiness. Shopping can give a high to a w...