How to make a studded leather jacket

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How to make a studded leather jacket
Leather jackets are an iconic part of punk fashion (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Reminiscent of the 1980s, punk fashion appears to have made a comeback in the form of worn denim, leather, spikes and studs. Studded leather jackets are especially popular among today's youth. The jacket's popularity primarily stems from its versatility. The freedom of expression that is associated with the jacket is also indicative of its early subculture roots.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cone studs
  • Pyramid studs
  • Patches
  • Leather jacket
  • Craft knife
  • Hammer
  • Chalk

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  1. 1

    Find a leather jacket or vest at your nearest thrift store. Vintage stores also tend to carry a number of leather jackets, though their pricing might vary depending on the jacket and store.

  2. 2

    Make a list of how you want to decorate the jacket, sketch it out or use whatever planning tool suits your creative process. Take some time to think about how you'd like to adorn your jacket according to your interests or personality. Check thrift stores, vintage stores and even record/music stores for patches, badges and pins. Studs can be purchased from your local craft or fabric store. You can also purchase a large quantity of studs online for a lower price as well. Your studs can be uniform in size or vary from small to medium to large, depending on your personal style.

  3. 3

    Mark the intended locations of the studs on the jacket with a piece of chalk. Patches and badges can be sewn on.

  4. 4

    Make holes for the studs using your craft knife. The studs will not be strong enough to penetrate the leather material unless a hole has been previously made. The hole should not be larger than the stud itself, but should resemble a small incision that goes through the jacket, lining and all.

  5. 5

    Press the stud through the hole in the jacket. Pay attention to keeping the lining properly aligned. Do not pull or ensnare the interior material when inserting the studs.

  6. 6

    Fold the stud prongs back to secure the stud within the leather. Use a hammer to fold back the prongs if you are unable to do so by hand. Cone studs involve screwing the back of the stud onto the post of the exterior portion of the stud.

Tips and warnings

  • Feel free to vary the type of studs you are using and the manner in which you're adorning your jacket. There is no textbook definition for a studded jacket. It's an expression of your personality and thus adheres to no rules save for your own creative capabilities.

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