DIY_Camo Vest with Leather Studded Trim

intro So in the process of searching for the perfect camo jacket, I ended up buying two and not liking the fit of the first one I purchased from Amazon. Instead of returning it, I decided to transform it into a vest with a better fit and also added some cool details. I hope you enjoy this tutorial!

If you're not interested in making this piece, I'm actually selling this vest on my Etsy shop! You can check it out here. (ED: This item is now sold).

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Here's the jacket that I started with.

I started by cutting off the sleeves.

I then make another set of cuts to make the sleeves more flattering. Start a couple inches in from the edge of the sleeve, and curve the cut down to the existing bottom of the sleeve.

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I then cut off the bottom for a cuter fit.

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I cut a piece of faux leather to fit the size of one pocket flap and attached it to the vest with tacky glue. You can find this kind of material and your typical fabric store. It is the same fabric that I used for my DIY Leather + Vinyl Clutch tutorial.

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I then just added 5 silver pyramid studs to finish off the look. You can see my tips for adding studs to clothing, here.

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And here's the finished product! Good luck with your own projects, or buy it on my Etsy here. (ED: The item is now sold).

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!

DIY_Monogram Decoration

Today i'm sharing with you my Thanksgiving DIY project. Being home for the holiday, I wanted to create something festive. With items from Michael's, I created this monogram decoration that reminds me of something you might find at Anthropologie!

You will need:

a letter of your choice made of wood or cardboard a sprig of fake plants, i chose this mixture of green and red that was brushed with bronze paint a matching ribbon scissors a hot glue gun and glue sticks

Snip off individual leaves from your faux branch.

Begin attaching the leaves to the letter with the hot glue. Start on the inside curve and work your way outwards.

Continue gluing each leaf onto the letter. I completed the curved area first and then worked my way down the vertical portion.

After covering the entire letter, attach a ribbon to the back with the glue.

and here's my finished product! enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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After I bought this faux leather skirt at Forever 21 for part of my Halloween costume, I couldn't wait to wear it again. In typical fashion, I went for a contrasting feminine yet edgy look! You may remember this thrifted tee in a past more casual outfit post, here.

My skull cuff bracelet is also new, which I got for 90 cents with free shipping on eBay. If you haven't checked out the inexpensive jewelry or band tees on eBay, you're missing out!

I love this skirt so much, I think you'll be seeing a lot of it!

floral print tee_thrifted from Goodwill

faux leather pleated skiât_Forever 21

black lace up wedges_Deena and Ozzy for Urban Outfitters

black canvas tote_H&M

silver spike collar_H&M

spiked arm cuff_Forever 21

large silver ring_found

skull bangle_eBay

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