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>Project ReStyle: The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Studding

01/15/2011 60 Comments

>Project ReStyle: The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Studding

01/15/2011 60 Comments

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I’ve had this genuine leather metallic clutch for about five years. In college, I worked at Express {awesome for my personal style, awful for my personal finances}. While there, I accumulated a massive amount of clothes and accessories…

Let’s just say, I owed them more money than they owed me at the end of every pay period. 


This little beauty was a gift-with-purchase, and I shudder to think of how much I spent to “earn” it. Maybe that’s why it’s survived all the closet purges where so many other Express remnants met their fate.

Wanna see what I did to it?

Keep reading to find out!

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All I used for this ReStyle was a sharp craft knife and two sizes of multicolored brads. I picked these up at Joann in the scrapbook section, but you could use the gold or brass kind available at any office supply store. 
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I [carefully] cut tiny slits into the clutch and through the inside lining, and poked the brads through. Since this bag has a lot of pleats and puckers, I just did a random scatter.  
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On the inside, I opened the backs of the brads to secure them in place. Instant “studs”!
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Speaking of studs… As I was working, Quality Control showed up. 
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I think he approved. 
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Now that this clutch has a new life, I thought it may want a new home, too! So I’m going to pass it along to one of you. If you could use a little metallic leather and bright rainbow studding in your life {because, I mean, who couldn’t?} just leave a comment with a way for me to reach you before next Friday, 1/21/11 at 8:00pm EST. I’ll pick a winner the following Monday.

2 down, 50 to go!

Keira Lennox

I'm a small town lady from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear.

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  • As The Style Turns 08/01/2013 at 4:39 pm

    I love that you used brads for this! So easy and creative!

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  • 2011: a recap « A Pretty Penny 01/01/2012 at 3:44 pm

    […] necklace was the first big project I shared on the blog. Lots of fun DIYs followed, like this simple studded clutch using brads you can buy at an office supply store. I kind of fell off the Restyle wagon through the […]

  • Lula 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >BRILLIANT, that's all I have to say.

  • Lauren 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >This is to. die. for. So creative! Who doesn't need a colorful, metallic clutch?And, for the record, you are a better woman than me. Working at express and all. Bad news bears for yours truly. Thanks for the chance!

  • Samantha 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >That is adorable! I saw it in the later outfit post and I was like… I want one!! :D purpleysawks@gmail.com

  • disastrousjane 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >this is adorable and i LOVE it!(p.s, i also tried the restyled tshirt necklace, but mine seemed to look less awesome than yours…)flowerfanatic@hotmail.comhttp://disastrousjane.wordpress.com

  • Katie 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >That is so cute! You are so creative! Do you think you could bottle that and send me some!? The clutch looks better after than before!! P.S. you're quality control is so cute.kate.e.leavitt@gmail.com

  • Keira Lennox 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >Good idea!! Just re-poke different brads through the existing slits. I like your thinking!

  • Keira Lennox 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >You're not too late! You're in! ;)

  • Keira Lennox 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >I feel like that is the highest of compliments! Anything that passes the teenager test is a victory ;)

  • Justine @ Just Better Together 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >justbettertogether[at]gmail.com

  • Keira Lennox 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >Thanks so much! The cursive font is called "Learning Curve" and it's available on FontSpace for free.

  • Tori Thompson 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >Love this clutch!! Check out my version of an embellished blazer (exactly the same idea) But yours is more colorful :) http://www.mythriftychic.blogspot.com

  • Keira Lennox 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >Haha, so true, Meghan! If only I could figure out how to make my employees buy lots of flowers… ;)

  • Thaase28 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >I love what you did with that clutch! Awesome idea! thaase28(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Kellie 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >So cute and such a great idea!secondstarstyle@gmail.comThanks!

  • Lucy 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >So adorable–I love it!lucy.landefeld@gmail.com

  • Kim Humes 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >This is really cute! I love multi-coloured accessories bc you can wear them with so many different things. Please pick me :) khumes186@hotmail.com

  • Meghan 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >As I continued reading along down this post, I gazed at the photos with my mouth gaping open…I just adore the combo of bright brads against the gunmetal colored material! Good eye…I love this bag! And I also feel the pain of owing more to the place that you work than they owe you…I worked for American Eagle and always felt like I was just paying them to let me hang out there. Haha!You can reach me at percussionista05(at)gmail(dot)comorthetwentyfifthtime.tumblr.comMeghan.

  • Aki! 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >Please consider me! This is so cute! I love the way that it looked in your recent outfit post. animekrazyidiot (at) gmail (d0t) com

  • Jen A 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >omg this is adorable!JenjenlandresATgmailDOTcom

  • Joanna 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >I love it! What a fun craft project (that leaves you with a beautiful clutch to boot!)-Joannajhsherman31[at]gmail[dot]com

  • Angela 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >Such a cute idea. I am going to do this with all my clutches or bags. Wish I thought of it. What made you come up with the idea/insperation?

  • Keira Lennox 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >I first saw the idea in one of the September issues last fall! Maybe Lucky?

  • Jessica 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >This is absolutely adorable! I love it!

  • Lindsay 05/17/2011 at 12:34 am

    >I just found your blog and find it and you adorable! Your little clutch is very sweet, as well. What a nice and simple restyle. I also love the design of your blog. Classic and fun with the orange accents :)http://lindsayliving.tumblr.com

  • Amber Lena 05/17/2011 at 12:32 am

    >I love it! Please enter me! P.S. I'm now selling bargain outfits (around $10 for a whole outfit!) on my blog, please come visit! Amber Lena http://www.fashionbargainista.com

  • Rosa Rot 04/19/2011 at 11:08 am

    >wow so easy and so cool!http://31-85.blogspot.com/

  • Ms. Manda 01/16/2011 at 9:15 am

    >Ah, the joys of working in retail. I love this clutch, I need a new clutch. You can reach me on my blog…MandaVision.com

  • Cay 01/16/2011 at 5:23 am

    >I have been needing a new clutch and this is the cutest by far! So creative!!Cay whiteblnkpage.blogspot.comcamccoy90@gmail.com

  • sunnie fairy 01/16/2011 at 2:14 am

    >Oh, that's cute! What a great idea.sunnie_fairy(at)yahoo(dot)comhttp://www.andreasgarden.blogspot.com

  • Alison 01/15/2011 at 10:31 pm

    >There's nothing I don't love about this clutch.. except for the fact that it's not living in my closet (yet?!). Looking forward to more restyles!alison.traina@gmail.com

  • Jackie 01/15/2011 at 9:29 pm

    >Adorable! fornicatingfeminists.com

  • northeastchic 01/15/2011 at 9:10 pm

    >Ms. Martha Stewart has nothing on you girl, she would be green with envy. http://Northeastchic.wordpress.com

  • CessOviedo 01/15/2011 at 6:02 pm

    >Guess I'm late for the giveaway but I just wanted to say it was a great idea! … Kind of happy you didn't go for metallic studs cause that'd be something I've seen before, colorful instead gave the clutch a brand new life! Little clutch was definitely a keeper ;)http://blog.cessoviedo.com

  • Fashion Flirt 01/15/2011 at 3:52 pm

    >It's so cute! I love this clutch – and the fact that you upcycled it makes it even better!

  • Brittany D'Lynne 01/15/2011 at 2:53 pm

    >What a wonderful idea…and easy enough for ME to do. Then again, you could just give it to me! :)cleverlytitledstyle@gmail.com

  • globetrotter 01/15/2011 at 2:28 pm

    >What a gorgeous blog! I love it! And I love your outfits. What kind of font do you use for your blog? Just curious – it's pretty. :)Hope we can give one another a follow. :)-Sandra.*(www.cardinalmess.blogspot.com)

  • Amy Fashion Blog 01/15/2011 at 2:24 pm

    >Super Cute.bunchamy@me.comhttp://amyfashionblog52.blogspot.com/

  • Kendra 01/15/2011 at 9:14 am

    >GORGEOUS! I never would think to use the random colors, but it's perfect!– Kendrakrozett(at)yahoo.com

  • Anzouya 01/15/2011 at 8:31 am

    >Wow! You did an amazing job and the result is stunning! I'd love to add this cute clutch to my collection!Count me in!anzouya[at]gmail[dot]com

  • Wendy 01/15/2011 at 4:43 am

    >Oh my, what a cute project. I love the way you've restyled the clutch.wtoh@excite.com

  • Jewelscapes Handmade Jewelry 01/15/2011 at 4:13 am

    >You are totally hip to have created this, my 13 year old daughter would LOVE this! She is the queen of bedazzling, bejeweling, and be-sparkling! If she doesn't win this from you, she will be begging me for all of the supplies to make this!! And then I will borrow it from her. :)jewelscapes.blogspot.com

  • The Elegant Bohemian 01/15/2011 at 4:13 am

    >Awww girly, that's so cute! theelegantbohemian@yahoo.com

  • Kate 01/15/2011 at 3:36 am

    >What a great idea! It's adorable!katemwb@yahoo.com

  • rebecca 01/15/2011 at 3:33 am

    >really great job!rwvanvoorhis at gmail dot com

  • Keely 01/15/2011 at 3:19 am

    >Amazing! So cute! What a great project.kkmkreations@live.com

  • The Daily Fashionista 01/15/2011 at 2:45 am

    >What a neat idea! Plus it looks a lot less painful on the fingers with real studs. If I don't win this cute clutch, I'm sure I'm going to make one of my own:)emily14680@yahoo.com

  • Jess 01/15/2011 at 2:44 am

    >Yay! Giveaway! jessicar.bruner@gmail.com

  • Elizabeth 01/15/2011 at 2:08 am

    >How fun! I would love to be this little clutch's new home (:haveyourcakeblog at gmail dot com

  • Laura 01/15/2011 at 1:55 am

    >That's so cute! If I don't win, I'm definitely making one of my own!laurabostwick at hotmail dot com

  • Grace 01/15/2011 at 1:54 am

    >what an awesome project! great job – thanks for sharing.xx gracestripesandsequins.com

  • Iris 01/15/2011 at 1:36 am

    >OMG I love that re-style, that is absolutely brilliant! I would rock that bag like crazy…

  • Nikki 01/15/2011 at 1:08 am

    >Clever! I really like it it, but honestly, I'm not sure what's cuter, the crafty clutch or your irresistible dog! What a sweetheart!Thanks for sharing! :) nicole_a_8(at)msn(dot)com

  • WobiSobi 01/15/2011 at 1:05 am

    >That is super ingenious Keira ! One of my very Favorites so far nice job.

  • Justine 01/15/2011 at 1:04 am

    >What a nifty idea. You can always change them to different colors later :) I love the bag you're holding. I saw a similar one at DSW and I wanted it, but no money :( for them. Boo. Just Better Together is having a $25 gift certificate giveaway!

  • Rebecca Marie 01/15/2011 at 12:55 am

    >Wow! I love this — the rainbow brads really update the clutch!xx Rebecca @ http://discoveringrebecca.blogspot.com

  • Jennifer 01/15/2011 at 12:45 am

    >Great idea! I have a silvery clutch like yours and it has holes in it! This will totally fix my hole-y clutch! whoohoo!ThanksxoXOxoJenn @ Peas & Crayons

  • Miss P 01/15/2011 at 12:37 am

    >That really really really works!Love it!Portiaxxx

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