Monday, February 20, 2012

DIY Studded Denim Jacket

The inspiration.  Kate Moss in Burberry
Me in my creation
The denim jacket.  An american staple as far as I'm concerned.  We loved them in the 80's, we love them in the 2012.  Timeless, dependable, functional, versatile.  They're also a fabulous canvas to add studs, rhinestones, paint, or whatever your bling of choice is.

We've all had our fair share of a stylish denim jacket.  There were the acid washed, the wool lined, and one of my favorites the white denim jacket.  Once as a fifth grader I was walking through a 5-7-9 store (you know, that store where they only carry sizes 5, 7, and 9).  As I browsed through the endless parade of colored bangles, cut off shorts, and midriff shirts I stumbled upon this awesome acid washed denim jacket!  It was meant to be worn big and baggy (why that seemed appealing to me I will never-ever know), and I coveted that thing until about the 7th grade when I decided to just let it go.

About 10 years ago I rediscovered my love for the denim jacket.  I was in a Forever 21 store in Austin and came across one.  All of a sudden I was that curly haired fifth grade girl with bangs again.  But this time there would be no sleepless nights over the denim jacket that got away.  I bought it.

I wore that thing all through college until about 5 years ago when I went in search of one that fit a little better and wasn't so um- snug.  One of my favorite go-to stores is American Eagle.  I absolutely love their denim, sun dresses, and endless clearance racks.  As I walked by one day I noticed a sales girl pushing a hanging rack of denim jackets.  I quickly scooted in and found one in my size!  I've been sporting said jacket now for a few years.  As much as I love my denim jacket I was ready to add a little pizzaz  to it.

Here are the inspiration pieces by Givenchy and Burberry, how I did my jacket, and the steps to create your own.  Happy studding!



Jacket; denim, leather, jersey, whatever floats your boat
Jewelry pliers

So, I stumbled upon like the coolest thing ever.  I went in search of packaged silver studs as I had done before but was unable to find them.  I was determined to find something that would work.  But, I didn't want the iron on studs.  I wanted the ones with the little teeth.  I thought I'd try the trim isle and just see what they had.  Lo and behold, it was like someone had read my diary, there was studded trim on a bolt that you could purchase by the yard!  AND, it was 40% off!  But seriously.  Who read my diary?

I recently found an awesome site where you can find studs at fantastic prices.  Studs and Spikes has just about every type of stud detail you can think of.  I'll be going here next time around.

This is what is left of the vinyl after the studs are detached.  Wonder what I'll make with this.


1.  Carefully remove studs from strap by opening back teeth and pulling off with pliers.

2.  Begin to apply studs by pushing them through your fabric.

3.  Secure studs to item by pushing teeth together on inside of fabric.  

4.  Be sure to push teeth all the way down.  If you do not they may scratch skin or snag clothing.

5.  Enjoy your studdliness!

I just did the side of both arms.  But, I"m seriously thinking of studding the collar too.


  1. Thank you for your recommendation.I want to tell you True Religion Outlet store is also a good choice.

  2. Wow, great idea! Totally doing this now :)