Lately, I was inspired by this studded denim vest by MadeMe to do a little studding of my own! I picked up this pretty sick leather backpack (WHY would you throw something like that away??) at a used clothing store for a dollar, and summoned all my crafty skills to add a little rocker flare in the form of silver studs. It’s super easy to do, here’s how!

Materials: Leather bag (or pants, or jacket, or whatever), triangle studs (you can find pretty inexpensive ones online), hammer, nails, piece of wood (at least one inch thick), chalk pencil, ruler


1. Because leather is thick (duh, it’s cow skin) you have to put holes where you’d like your studs to go.  To do this, measure the space between the tabs on the studs.  Use this measurement to help you decide where and how to place your studs.

2. Mark where the tabs on the studs will go directly on the leather with the chalk  pencil (this will come off).

3. Use the hammer and nail to create a small hole where you have marked with the pencil. MAKE SURE that during this step, you place a piece of wood between you and the floor (or table, or your leg).  If you don’t, you WILL end up with holes in your floor (or table, or your leg). Trust me, I learned this one the hard way. Place stud securely in the holes you made in the leather.

4. Hammer the tabs flat to make sure stud is secure.

5. Repeat, repeat, repeat as many times as you like, depending on how many studs you want!

It’s easy to give tired clothes and accessories some edge by adding studs. Go wild!