Monday, November 24, 2014

diy: Studded Sweater Leg Warmers

One of my favorite parts about do-it-yourself is the ability to use something in more than one way. I love taking an item, material or technique and adding an unconventional spin. Admittedly, some of the less quirky & unadventurous types might raise a brow...but who cares?! An "intended purpose" is a concept created by the human mind - so I say, why not do something different. 

...Like wearing your sweater's sleeves on your legs, for example. But hey, with a couple snips and stitches, a pair of sweater sleeves can actually be a set of wearable, cozy leg warmers. This is a great way to recycle an old sweater you might laying around, proving that it all comes down to how you look at something.  


- Sleeves from an old sweater
- Fabric Scissors
- Liquid Seam Sealant (such as Fray Check)
- Iron
- Iron-On Studs (I used 12 dome gunmetal studs)
- Straight Pins
- Sewing Machine & Thread (Optional, or may not be needed)

1) At the fraying end of the sleeve, along the shoulder seam, trim across to create a straight edge.

2) Turn inside out and determine where you can sew, vertically, to straighten out the width of the sleeve. You may not need to do this step if your sleeve is already an even, straight tube - the "extra" fabric on the right is due to the style and size of the sweater I used. If so, skip to Step 5.

3) Sew straight down. Because my sweater already had ridges, I used one as a guide.

4) Tie off and trim the thread. Cut away the excess sweater material.

5) With the sleeve still facing inside out, fold down the raw edge about 1 inch/2.54 centimeters. Pin all around.

6) Sew.

7) Add liquid seam sealant (or clear nail polish) along the raw edge to prevent the fabric from fraying.

8) Iron the studs on on a protective surface, such as ironing board. 

9) Let cool. Repeat with the second sleeve.

Pretty easy!

Here, I wore the leg warmers with my favorite Rag & Bone jacket, black knee high boots and a Leopard Print Scarf (c/o I'm loving how the bit of brown from the leopard scarf plays off the scattering of yellow leaves! Brooklyn in the fall is my favorite.

Depending on the material, size and style of the sweater, you might be able to wear them with knee-high boots like I did. Otherwise, most sleeves will be more appropriate for shorter autumn and winter footwear, such as combat boots.

And if you're trying to figure out if  a sweater will work for this project? Just do me a favor and don't slip your legs into a sweater...while it's still a sweater. And if you do, don't tell anyone I gave you the idea. 

Tutorial Photos: Kirsten Nunez for Studs & Pearls
Street Style Photos: Haruka Sakaguchi (The Denizen Co.) for Studs & Pearls

Xo, Kirsten

Sunday, November 23, 2014

feature: DIY Guru at

Thank you to Outsa Pop Trashion, a popular Finnish fashion, DIY and lifestyle blog, for the feature! They have been extremely supportive of Studs and Pearls since the very beginning. Click here to check it out

Xo, Kirsten

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

book highlight + giveaway: Beautiful Bracelets by Hand by Jane Gedeon

Ever since I published my own DIY book, I've developed a new appreciation for fellow crafty authors. I've truly experienced all of the hard work and planning that goes into producing a book; it really is a labor of love! That's why I'm very excited to share an upcoming release by Jane Gedeon of We Dream in Colour, titled Beautiful Bracelets by Hand: Seventy Five One-of-a-Kind Baubles, Bangles and Other Wrist Adornments You Can Make At Home (Page Street Publishing, 2014). Set to be released on December 9, this publication is nothing short of gorgeous. I even took on one of the projects, and picked out a few of my favorites to share.

Pictured here are my own silver versions of the Geometry Bangles. You can find the full tutorial in this post.

The 75 projects are categorized by type of material, raanging from chain to leather to plastic to wood. There's something for everyone.

I also particularly loved the watercolor headings and backgrounds.

Gold flakes suspended in a bangle? LOVE. I'm adding this to my (extremely long) to-do list!

As for those Geometry Bangles - keep reading to learn how to make your own set, plus a chance to win your very own copy of Beautiful Bracelets by Hand!