How to Attach Leather Studs

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How to Attach Leather Studs
Studs can add finesse and style to a leather jacket. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Attaching studs to an old leather jacket or shirt can inject it with style and credibility and make a dated outfit look like the peak of fashion. Leather studs are also used as accessories to a range of rock or punk style outfits. Studs can be attached to all kinds of leather items including trousers, handbags, belts, jackets and shoes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Studs
  • Straight pin
  • Pliers
  • Leather punch

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  1. 1

    Select the kind of studs you want to attach to your garment or belt. Studs designed to attach to leather usually have pronged bases to pierce the material. Studs fitted with screws are better for thicker, coarser leather items such as handbags.

  2. 2

    Examine stud designs for belts, handbags or jackets by looking through magazines or Internet fashion sites. Check to make sure the design you pick is compatible with the kind of leather you have.

  3. 3

    Lay out your leather shirt or jacket on a flat surface such as a counter top or table.

  4. 4

    Press the stud firmly against the point on the leather where you want the stud to set. There will now be a mark on the leather you can use for guidance on where to attach the stud.

  5. 5

    Pierce a hole using a thin, straight pin through the point you marked in Step 4. Check to make sure the pin has a smaller tip that the stud itself or the hole will be too broad for the stud to set. A leather punch can be used for thicker items such as leather handbags.

  6. 6

    Push the stud against the leather at the point where you made the hole with a pin. Some studs come fitted with prongs for extra security. Fold the prongs down using a flat knife or pliers. The prongs should fold in toward the middle of the stud. Prongs that jut out may cause scratches.

  7. 7

    Screw in the base areas of the stud with your forefinger and thumb if you are using screw-in studs. Repeat the process with the rest of the studs you want to attach to the leather item.

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