Tuesday, September 4, 2012

DIY #001: Rhinestone studded portfolio clutch bag

"I love DIY because its such a sustainable and personal approach to fashion. Plus, your project is truly, a one-off that can't be found anywhere else!" - Shini Park on DIY for H&M Magazine Summer 2012
A look for less with a very personal approach <3

Who fashion conscious *fashionista* doesn't want to own a fashion pieces like the PRADA SS2012 Rhinestones studded portfolio clutch bag like I do? But let face it, not everyone *including ME* can afford to pay USD1,950.00 for a clutch bag. So instead of mopping around and feeling sad I decided to get creative and busy. And in situation like this DIY-ing comes "handy" *no pun intended* plus by doing DIY, I'm able to "re-interpret" things like this without breaking or robbing a bank while adding my very own personality on each project.

So here you guys. I hope you LIKE my very first DIY blog post  :-D

You'll need:
On this DIY project, I am using a ZARA Leather portfolio clutch bag.

  • Clasp portfolio clutch bag (it could be new, old or vintage)
  • Hammer
  • Leather Stitching Awl
  • Belt hole puncher
  • Rhinestones
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissor *optional*

Step 1: Remove the lining of the portfolio clutch bag *if any*.
Step 2: Measure and mark the placement of the rhinestones.
Step 3: After marking the placement of the rhinestone start making holes on the portfolio clutch bag.
You can use a "belt hole puncher" to punch a holes around the edge of the portfolio bag.
Then use the "leather stitching awl" to punch holes on places "belt hole puncher" can't reach.
Step 4: Place the rhinestones.
Try to be creative on creating your own unique pattern and color combination <3
After that place the "base cap" on the feet of each rhinestone studs.
Step 5: Hammer each "base cap" to keep the rhinestone in place.
Try not to hammer the rhinestone too hard so it won't break or shatter.
Then... TADA!!! You have your very own creation RHINESTONE STUDDED PORTFOLIO CLUTCH BAG.

I dare you to be creative and make your very own DIY project. 

Images: Jade Shop-a-lot 

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