DIY_Handmade Pickguard

DSC_1355 Today's project was in collaboration with my friend Jake. We've designed a pick guard in the past (see it below) that was painted onto a store-bought pick guard for his guitar. For this project, we wanted to take it another step and make the pick guard ourselves. I chose basswood for the material because I work with it at school often and it can be cut with an xacto knife. Perhaps this will be the perfect gift for the musician in your life!

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Here's the example of the other pick guard we made over the summer. Let's get started with the tutorial!

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Here are the supplies you will need: an existing pick guard to trace, a pencil, basswood with a decent thickness, paint pens, a drill, and not pictured: screws and an xacto knife.

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Trace the outline of the pick guard onto the basswood with your pencil. Also mark the holes for the screws.

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Drill two holes into the wood for the screws. Pay attention to the size of the holes. The pick guard we are working with had two different hole sizes because the screws are different sizes.

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Before painting, I traced the pick guard in my sketchbook and sketched some design ideas. We decided on a sugar skull design with roses and spiderwebs.

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After sketching the design onto the pick guard, I filled it in using Sharpie paint pens.

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After painting the design, cut it out using an xacto knife or box cutter. I suggest using a sharp blade (mine was pretty dull unfortunately) and make sure you cut on a cutting mat or work table.

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After screwing on the pick guard, here is the final product!

If you'll notice in the close up photo, the top of my pick guard where the second screw attaches has broken off. This unfortunately happened when I was cutting it out because my knife was dull. If you are careful and use a sharp blade, this shouldn't happen and you'll have great final product!

If you're interested in me painting you a custom pick guard, I have added a new listing to my Etsy shop for just that! Check it out here

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DIY_Elbow Patch Sweater

Elbow Patch Sweater Intro Hey everyone! Today I'm here with my 2nd HoliDIY project, an elbow patch cardigan that I upcycled from an old sweater dress. This dress was in my pile of clothes that I planned to donate, but I decided I wasn't done with it yet. I reused the thrifted flannel fabric from yesterday's DIY tee because there was quite a bit of leftover material, and made this cute final product! Let's get started:

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These are the supplies you will need: an old sweater dress or just a sweater will work as well, flannel fabric, scissors, fabric glue, and a marker (not pictured).

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I first cut off the bow from the sweater dress.

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Since the sweater dress had these gathered sleeves, I cut them off for a more relaxed vibe.

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After cutting off the bottom of the dress to create the sweater shape, I cut up the middle to make it into a cardigan. I decided to leave the edges unfinished because it was a pretty tight knit, but if you're worried about your's coming unraveled, you could hem the edges with fabric glue or a sewing machine.

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The sleeves of my cardigan had a flare that I didn't really like. To fix this, I cut out a triangle from each sleeve of the fabric.

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I then simply fabric glued the right sides together of the triangle cut.

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To make the elbow patches, trace an oval shape, fold in half to ensure symmetry, and cut out.

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Attach the patches to the back of the sleeves using fabric glue.

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And here's the final product! I layered this over a denim shirt with a spiked leather collar to give it an edgier vibe, but I would also style it with a long sleeved denim shirt and cuff the sleeves for a cozy look!

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DSC_1297 copy It has been drizzly and cold all weekend, so today I biked downtown to meet my friends at our favorite coffee shop to keep warm and work on some essays because we are applying for study abroad! I dressed in dark neutrals that went well with my DIY studded denim vest and creepers that I felt I hadn't worn in a while. I also took my own photos today, which I sometimes I enjoy doing because I feel like I can capture a certain mood that I'm trying to convey.

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if you're preparing and studying for finals week like I am, good luck!

thanks for reading, and if you'd like, stay updated on all my posts on Instagram @punkrockparti

black studded denim vest_thrifted and DIY, see the tutorial/lookbook here , or Urban sells a similar one here

embroidered skull tee_DIY, see the tutorial here, or get a similar embroidered one from Romwe here

maroon snake print jeans_BDG by Urban Outfitters, sale, but you could rock this black pair

black creepers_spylovebuy.com via Amazon, similar available here

cross earrings_Urban Outfitters sale

Timbuk2 backpack_REI, but this other style is very cool too!

DIY_Leather + Vinyl Clutch

Today I am finally sharing with you the DIY for the leather + vinyl clutch I wore in one of my recents outfit posts (see it here!). I was inspired by this clutch, and wanted to make my own. This is a very simple project with a great final product, so try it out!

1_Purchase some clear vinyl and black faux leather. I got mine at my local craft store. As for the vinyl, try to get one with a decent weight to it, so that it provides a little structure to the clutch

2_Create a pattern out of printer paper. I first used a standard 8.5" x 11" to be the size of the pouch. I then cut another sheet of paper into a point, to resemble an envelope. You have freedom to create as long or short of a flap as you'd like. Tape these two pieces together and cut the shape out of the black faux leather. As for the clear vinyl, just cut out a piece the size of an 8.5" x 11" sheet.

3_Here is what the two fabric shapes should look like

4_By this step, I have hand stitched the two pieces together. I attempted to machine stitch this, but was pretty unsuccessful. Hand sewing got the job done, but I would like to try and find a method in the future that is a little cleaner looking.

Purchase a snap and follow the instructions according to the package to attach it to the clutch. You will probably need a hammer to attach it onto the fabric.

Also at this step, I have cut a piece of cardboard that fits inside the clear part of the clutch. This is going to give the clutch structure, because it is quite flimsy without it.

Cut a piece of your faux leather and wrap it around the clutch. Attach with hot or tacky glue.

Insert this piece into the clutch with the leather side out. It will blend right in!

And here is the final product! Get previews of all of my DIY's by following along on my Instagram, @punkrockparti

xo!