You might have a nicely broken-in purse in your closet, but its age or style might mean that you're completely bored with it. One easy way to add a little edgy style to that bag is through the addition of studs. Once these metal appliques are in place, your purse transforms from boring to bomb.
1 Determine the interval between studs with your measuring tape. This ensures precise placement of each piece of hardware.
2 Mark these spots with your tailor's chalk.
3 Press the tabs of the studs against the leather, leaving a mild impression. Don't bother trying to penetrate the piece with the tabs.
4 Puncture the leather on the depressions using your craft knife. Try to make each hole just large enough to allow the tabs to pop through.
5 Bend each tab flat inside the purse, using your needle-nose pliers.
6 Repeat the process until your purse matches your design vision.
Items you will need
- Measuring tape
- Tailor's chalk
- Craft knife
- Needle-nose pliers
- This process works on any leather item, including heavy fabrics like denim or canvas.
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