DIY Lace Trimmed Skirt (no-sew method)

Lace has always been heavily featured on the runways and on the high street. A week ago whilst browsing shops selling tailoring supplies, we came across a variety of lace which was quite exciting!

I bought some crochet lace as it would be sturdier, and I used a no-sew method to revamp/update my jean mini skirt!

It was very simple and easy to update the jean skirt using this really simple no-sew method. Another great thing is that the lace is easily detachable as well! Read on to know more:

What you need:

– Jean skirt
– 1 metre of crochet lace
– Studs with crimps
– scissors
– flat-nose pliers

Step #1:

Lay the lace along the bottom hemline of the skirt.

Step #2:

Here, I used pyramid studs which have crimpers. Pierce the sharp bits through the lace and skirt.

Step #3:

You will see the sharp crimpers on the other side of the skirt like the above!

Step #4:

Either use your fingers or pliers to press the crimpers down to lock it into place.

Step #5:

Continue studding the lace to the back of the skirt!

Step #6:

You have now studded your whole skirt! Check for symmetry, and if it isn’t (as pictured above), undo the studs and redo the lace. In the event that you do not wish to have the lace any more, all you need to do is remove the studs! Simple.

Voila! The lace has been readjusted 🙂

The view of the skirt from the back.

Loving my revamped lace trimmed skirt! Perfect for your Summer x

DIY Pearl & Stud Necklace

So I actually made this necklace last November for an event in Bangkok, but never got round to making a tutorial from it. Pearl necklaces have been around for ages now, and made bigger (literally) by Chanel’s Spring 2014 collection. However, to rock or glam up these safe pearl necklaces, studs and even safety pins (like Tom Binns) have been added to give the pearls an edgier look.

I decided to create my easy DIY tutorial , which took only 10 minutes to make! Read on:

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

What you need:

  • 34 pearls
  • 18 spiked cone beads
  • Clear beading string (non-stretchable)
  • 1 lobster clasp
  • 2 end clasps
  • 2 jumprings
  • 2 small crimp beads
  • flat-nosed pliers
  • scissors

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #1:

Don’t cut the string yet! Just start threading the beads. I started with 1 spiked cone stud followed by 2 pearls. Repeat until you have threaded it all.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #2:

Once all the beads have been threaded through the beading string, cut the string. Leave a little bit of string at both ends in case of slight mistakes.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #3:

Slide a small crimp bead onto one end of the string. I didn’t have any smaller crimp beads so made do with the one shown.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #4:

Use the pliers to crimp the crimp bead! This is to ensure to stop the end of the string. Do the same for the other end.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #5:

Take the end clasp and put it next to the crimped end. Use the pliers to fold the end clasp inwards on top of the string! Cut the leftover string.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #6:

Attach a jumpring to the end clasp.

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Step #7:

On the other end of the string, do the same by attaching a jumpring as well. Then attach the lobster clasp to it. You’re done!

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

DIY: Studs & Pearl Necklace

Voila! Rock out in your pearl & stud necklace! x

DIY Revamp: Personalise Your Cambridge Satchel With Hardware

Recently I was in Singapore for the weekend, and chanced upon a shop selling leather goods and luggages. What caught my eye was the “50% off!” sign on all Cambridge Satchel Company bags in-store! My excitement was growing when it burst into delight – I laid my eyes on a beautiful 11″ black batchel (named so because of its top handle)!

The reason why I was so excited was because I have been eyeing the 11″ satchel with a top handle which increases its functionality as a clutch. Best bit was having it off at 50% cheaper too as the store was making way for new stock.

As a fan of personalisation and because gold hardware works amazing against a black canvas, I did a DIY revamp on my satchel! Read below for my pictorial tutorial on how to do so.

What you need:

1. Leather satchel
2. Hole puncher with various hole sizes
3. Gold cone studs (or any studs really)
4. Muscles or a strong man!Steps:

1. Mark where you would like your studs to be.
2. Choose a hole size on your hole puncher. The hole should be big enough for the screw to fit through.
3. Press hard! In my case, I had to get the help of the males to assist me in punching the holes using the hole punchers.
4. Screw the studs into the holes you have just made.
5. I also placed studs on the strap besides the front flap to give an edgier look.

Enjoy!

I love how the gold hardware gives my satchel a whole new look – and personalised to me as well.

Try it with yours!

DIY: Add Texture To Your Necklace with Studs & Rhinestones

It has been a while since I last posted a ‘Project Revamp’ post, as most things I now make from scratch! However, revamping things was what really got me started in DIY-ing. I love looking out for old pieces of trinkets, and figuring out ways to update its look to suit my taste.

I was at the Kuala Lumpur Vintage Festival (KLVF) a few weeks ago and scored some cheap accessories – though I only bought them because I had ideas of adding my DIY touch to it!

This revamp I’ll be showing you is simple – all you need is a little patience and steady hands! I wanted to add a little more depth and texture to a plain triangular necklace – the idea was to give a rougher look to it and one of the ways to achieve that was to add spiky stuff! It’s true…I am still loving my studs!

Let’s start!What you need:

1. A plain necklace with a flat surface pendant, alternatively you can make your own too!
2. Small pine cone studs
3. Small teardrop rhinestones
4. Medium-sized oval rhinestones
5. Industrial strength glueSteps:

Before you start attaching the studs & rhinestones on, do a trial first and take a picture of it. Once you are satisfied with the look, start glueing the pieces on!

Place the glue on the flat surface of the pendant(s) and then attach the stud/rhinestones. I decided to attach a stud in the middle first before working my way inwards.TIP: To create a textural/rough look, attach the teardrop rhinestones in alternating directions.Now let the glue set for a good 24 hours before wearing it out!

After it’s set, wear out your DIY revamped necklace and enjoy! x

DIY: Update Your Friendship Bracelet!

So I’ve been having an obsession with studs and spikes lately and have been poking them (hehe) into anything I can find my hands on! Recently you read in this post that I updated a piece of laser-cut leather bracelet by studding it! Alternatively, you can do so with friendship bracelets too 😀 Honestlywtf did a great tutorial on it too a while back. So what are you waiting for? Stud stud stud! 😀

Here’s my easy pictorial guide!

All you need:

  • Friendship bracelet
  • Studs
  • A sharp tip

Tip: Don’t poke the sharp tip to the side, but right in the middle to give the bracelet a nice consistency when you are placing the studs.

How simple was that? 😀 Have fun with your studded arm party!

Have a great weekend everyone xx

Project Revamp: Studding Leather!

I’ve been ‘revamping’ things around the house, and mostly jewellery because sad to say…I can’t sew nor do I have a sewing machine and ideas for revamping clothing can’t materialise 😦 Anyone care to give me a quick rendition of “Dummies Guide To Sewing”? Anyway, you can read my other “Project Revamp” posts here & here!

A while ago when I was on a food roadtrip with my friends in Peninsular Malaysia, I picked up this gorgeous laser-cut leather bracelet in the city of Ipoh. As I was cleaning one of my jewellery boxes, I saw this and thought to myself why wasn’t I wearing it anymore? Then my hands got itchy and I needed to change something…oops.

Here’s a pictorial DIY of what happened!

Of course, to be able to make this work you’ll need the necessary tools – all can be bought at your nearest craft shop or eBay!

P.S: I’m a fan of the hole-puncher, it’s SO useful! Alternatively you could always use a knife or a nail and hammer but that needs a lot of caution…

Have a great week everyone! xx