Dirk Reichert's date understands the impact of studs on her purse.

How to Put Studs on a Purse

by David Lipscomb

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.

Photo Credits

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