Tutorials: DIY shoe clips + no-sewing needed clutch purse

Last week I had a fun opportunity to be on Meredith Vieira’s talk show sharing a few fashion DIYs for Christmas. I know it’s past Christmas, but I love a good at-home project any time of the year! These two were my favorites and are easy enough for the craft-challenged and even for doing with kids. For anyone interested, I included a recording from the TV segment at the bottom of this post.

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DIY # 1 – I first came across the concept of shoe clips with my vintage bow ones from eBay, and soon realized how easy they were to make. Apparently in the olden days these were pretty common, and I don’t understand why they’re no longer popular! You can easily change up the look of plain shoes or mix and match designs to your heart’s desire. The clips can go on the front part of the shoe, the back behind the heel, on the side, on the ankle strap, etc…quite a few possibilities.

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DIY # 2 – The other item the show producers asked me to demonstrate was a clutch purse, which I posted a tutorial of here (one of my favorite creations ever). However they asked me to simplify it even further so that no sewing was needed, since Meredith is apparently not so great with needle and thread. I scrounged around at home and found an old vinyl makeup pouch and fabric glue, which surprisingly helped create a pretty nice-looking bag. For anyone who owns a sewing machine though, I would encourage sewing based on my old tutorial instead of using glue, since stitches will be more secure over time.

On to the steps for the shoe clips..

Shoe clips materials needed: 
1. Glue. If you don’t own a hot glue gun yet, it’s a useful little thing to have around for crafts plus is very inexpensive (under $10, especially with those craft store 40% – 50% off coupons). I used one here but if you want it to be really secure, super glue should work – just be very careful.

2. Embellishments. The best part about these is you can use a wide variety of items, such as costume jewelry, old hair bows, over-sized earrings that might be too heavy for your earlobes, etc.

3. Clips. There are blank shoe clips made specifically for this purpose. I took alligator clips from the back of old hairbows since i needed a bigger clip for my large pieces of jewels. NOTE: use smooth clips without jagged teeth to avoid leaving any marks on delicate shoes. I didn’t have time to find or buy smooth clips for the show or these photos, but they’re pretty easy to find either on old clips or at craft stores. You can also try lining the jagged side with small pieces of felt so that they don’t dig into the shoes as much.

Step 1 – remove jewels or bows from their original attachments. I used thin metal pliers (super nifty for repairing costume jewelry) to detach a few gem clusters from this inexpensive Forever 21 necklace, and also snipped off the bows and clip backings from old hair accessories.

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Step 2 – If you’re using longer clips, use pliers to gently bend the clips into a shape that would lie flat on a shoe surface and feel comfortable up against your foot. These were originally in a curved shape, which I straightened out and then bent the handle grip a bit so it wouldn’t dig into my feet. *Remember not to use clips with jagged teeth on delicate shoes**

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Step 3 – Generously apply glue to the back of the embellishments and press the clip down firmly until glue is set. I did the gems here first, which would look great alone on shoes, but added the bows for a little something extra.

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Here’s what the backsides look like post-gluing. My gems here were pretty heavy and I didn’t have a lot of time for the glue to set, so I added thin wiring as extra reinforcement in hopes that they wouldn’t tumble off during the show.

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And that’s it! Can’t wait to try these clipped on some pointy-toe flats. Here’s a few ideas on how to style your clips. I actually wonder why most designer statement shoes don’t come with the embellishment as removable for greater versatility.


They also look cute boxed up for gifting!

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Next, the DIY no-sewing clutch purse…

Clutch purse materials needed:
1. Fabric. You can purchase scrap fabric on eBay, at fabric stores, or look in your closet or thrift store for old garments made of interesting materials. I’m using a sequin tank top that was so old the fabric lost its elasticity, but made for perfect clutch-making material.

2. Pouch with zipper or sliding closure. You can use an unwanted makeup pouch (mine was from Forever 21 and is still available), pencil pouch, etc. If you are doing a sewing version and your fabric is too floppy to hold a clutch shape on its own, insert a similar pouch inside your finished product to add structure.

3. Glue. I used “fabric fusion” which I had at home, but other types of glue might work similarly.

4. Clips or clamps. I like binder clips for their strong hold.

Step 1 – Starting with one side, apply glue to the top of the pouch in a straight line across, right below the zipper. Line up a straight edge of your material and press down. Continue applying glue to the edges and center of the pouch surface and pressing your fabric down a section at a time.

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Step 2 – turn the pouch around – this is side #2. Trim fabric so that it’s enough to fold over the entire pouch but with an inch or two of material to spare on both the left, right, and upper edge (below the zipper) of the pouch. Fold those sides in so that no raw edges will show on the end result. Apologies for my poorly-trimmed fabric, as I was in a rush.

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Step 3 – Apply more glue along the edges and center on side # 2. Press down the remaining fabric and clamp down with binder clips all around the perimeter. Allow everything to dry overnight, clamped in place.

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Ta-da! Here’s the finished product from my last outfit post:

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Here’s a short video from the episode (my segment begins about 2 minutes in). Their producers reached out just a few days before the show taping, which was in front of a live audience to be aired later in the week. I was so swamped with work my initial reaction was to pass, but am glad I made time for it – my segment was short, but the highlight of the trip was having a dressing room directly across from Justin Timberlake and watching him roam around. Unfortunately I was too busy trying to contain squeals of excitement to ask him for a photo together!

And alternate link here if the video above doesn’t work. I know you guys are probably sick of the bridesmaid dress re-styling from this post but they really wanted me to show it, and also provided the dress that I had on. The glitter heel trick was one of the producers’ idea, which they instructed me on to demo along with the shoe clips. Hope you guys have fun with these projects!

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  1. I had done the 1st tip and am very satisfied with the result, thank's you saved me 2 pairs of shoes 🙂

    Posted 8.21.15 Reply
  2. I am very much happy to find out excellent sites about the shoes. Thanks for write a excellent article about the shoes benefice,

    Posted 4.1.15 Reply
  3. chechina wrote:

    Congratulations on being on Viera's show! I'm happy for you; you deserve to get recognition for all you do

    Posted 1.4.15 Reply
  4. Jean wrote:

    Hi Melissa – the glue paste is called Mod Podge, and it acts not only as as glue but also like a sealant. It's great for various projects! I have some from Target in the office supplies aisle, but it's also at Michaels or AC Moore craft stores plus you can use their frequent coupons on it

    Posted 1.1.15 Reply
  5. Jean wrote:

    Hi Nhan! Thank you so much for your kind comment. I have not found a lot of petite-length pajamas, unfortunately. However if you don't mind shopping kids, they definitely run shorter. I've also noticed that buying some regular size PJs in 100% cotton (such as a pair I got recently from Target) will shrink down in the machine dryer and fit better. Good luck in your search!

    Posted 1.1.15 Reply
  6. Jean wrote:

    Happy new year to you and N!! I hope married life is treating you both well : ) For the clutch, you need to fold the raw edges underneath on every side, and secure them down with glue. The embellishments should stay put. If you're sewing, then I would try the zig zag stitch method, or even glue the raw edges down on the interior.

    Posted 1.1.15 Reply
  7. Jean wrote:

    Thank you, Audrey! Oh yes, lots of excited observing but couldn't rack up the nerve to go say hello : )

    Posted 1.1.15 Reply
  8. Jean wrote:

    Thank you, Kim! I didn't get to meet him…just watched from my room : )

    Posted 1.1.15 Reply
  9. Jean wrote:

    I think it might be : /

    Posted 1.1.15 Reply
  10. Jean wrote:

    It was linked from FB so unfortunately might be restricted in some countries : (

    Posted 1.1.15 Reply
  11. Love love these two DIY projects! They look perfect. Didn't even think of putting those together! You're so talented

    Posted 12.31.14 Reply
  12. Love your trick in fixing the heel! Glitter is such a good idea! Thanks for sharing these fun DIY project ideas!


    Posted 12.30.14 Reply
  13. Melissa wrote:

    Hey Jean. Like the way how you fixed the heel. Where can I find the glitter paste you mentioned in the video? Tks.

    Posted 12.30.14 Reply
  14. Super cute idea. I love the shoes!

    Posted 12.30.14 Reply
  15. Amy wrote:

    What a cute idea! Love your dress too in the last pic!!


    Posted 12.30.14 Reply
  16. Nhan Tran wrote:

    Hi Jean, I know this comment has nothing to do with this post's topic but I don't know how else to contact you :). I am about your size and I am head over heels in love with your elegant style. I like both your work and casual outfits and have bought some same items that you bought. This saves me time and energy looking for clothes to buy :D. However, it is hard for me to find nice petite lounge & sleep outfits, especially cozy pajamas for this cold weather; so I'm wondering if you have the same problem and if you could share with us your experience in finding these types of clothes. Thanks!

    Posted 12.30.14 Reply
  17. Petite-ish wrote:

    Great job, Jean! You were so poised and charismatic in your segment, and great ideas (even if some of them were the producers' haha). Quick question about the clutch DIY – do the embellishments start falling off the material if you don't finish the edges? Thanks! Happy new year!

    Posted 12.29.14 Reply
  18. Becky Park wrote:

    Your clip-on shoe idea is AMAZE-BALLS. Thank you! And congrats on going on Meredith Vieira's show! Keep the simple DIY posts coming!

    Posted 12.29.14 Reply
  19. OMG what a cute idea, I love shoe clips! Every year I get all of my purses and shoes cleaned and it literally makes everything feel brand new. I rotate shoes and purses too for this sole purpose but if I added a shoe clip BAM brand new shoes 😉 Thanks for sharing this easy DIY xo C

    Posted 12.29.14 Reply
  20. Can't wait to try this out! Also just found your blog <3

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    Posted 12.29.14 Reply
  21. Jane wrote:

    Jean, you were great on the show — very calm and poised.

    Posted 12.29.14 Reply
  22. Such a cool post!
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com – a lifestyle, cooking, fashion blog

    Posted 12.29.14 Reply
  23. Audrey T. wrote:

    AHHHHH Justin Timberlake <3 <3 <3 My all time favorite. Did you at least see him?

    And great job on the show, Jean! 🙂

    Posted 12.29.14 Reply
  24. Paola wrote:

    Great ideas!

    Posted 12.29.14 Reply
  25. Anonymous wrote:

    Smart DIY ideas – they have made your blog so unique!

    Posted 12.29.14 Reply
  26. Anonymous wrote:

    Great job on making the show and thanks for sharing your ideas. 🙂

    Posted 12.29.14 Reply
  27. Carla Krae wrote:

    Congrats on making the show – you're famous!

    Posted 12.29.14 Reply
  28. Anonymous wrote:

    Very talented DIY shoe clips! Thanks for the tips! http://www.kblossoms.etsy.com

    Posted 12.29.14 Reply
  29. Anonymous wrote:

    Wow! You are so talented!!! I love these ideas!!!

    Posted 12.29.14 Reply
  30. kim wrote:

    Jean, you are so eloquent and loved your tips! I have also always wondered why no one sells shoe clips, but didn't know it used to be a thing. The clutch DIY sure beats paying $$$ for something you may only use once. If I can ever plan ahead enough, I will be sure to give that a go. OMG Justin Timberlake! How cool is that! Did you get to meet him? 😛

    Posted 12.29.14 Reply
  31. love the shoe clips…

    Posted 12.28.14 Reply
  32. Julia wrote:

    Congrats on being featured on the show!! I love the DIY bag tutorial! It looks just like the ones from Anthropologie that came out this season, except you can get it literally for free! Would love to see more DIY tutorials from you, Jean. Especially the home DIY's if you do any for your new place 🙂

    Julia || Closet de Jules
    Recent Post: J.Crew and Jack Wills Winter Red

    Posted 12.28.14 Reply
  33. Anonymous wrote:

    Link doesn't work either. US only?

    Posted 12.28.14 Reply
  34. Suzie Q wrote:

    The DIY shoe bow tie is ingenius! You were so great on the show! Congratulations on your TV debut Having a dressing room across from JT is definitely a highlight! 🙂

    xo, Suzie Q

    Posted 12.28.14 Reply
  35. Olyvia wrote:

    Wow that's so cool that you're on national TV now! And I didn't know Meredith Vieira is short too, haha! She's almost your size! 🙂

    Posted 12.28.14 Reply
  36. Such clever DIY ideas, thanks for the tutorial! Especially love the shoe-clip design featured, so pretty!


    Posted 12.28.14 Reply
  37. Love your segment! 🙂

    Posted 12.28.14 Reply
  38. Anonymous wrote:

    Can't see the recording 🙁

    Posted 12.28.14 Reply
  39. I love your shoe clips! Totally agree, sewing is better than glue-on pouches 🙂 You look so cute on the show!

    Posted 12.28.14 Reply
  40. I love your shoe clips! What a cool idea. I may have to make some for myself!

    Posted 12.28.14 Reply
  41. Love the shoe clips! Especially the colors.

    Posted 12.28.14 Reply
  42. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    wow , I love this DIY so much! Have to try it out:)

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 12.28.14 Reply

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