inspiration: Leather

DIY FRINGED CLUTCH (FROM SCRATCH!)

There’s just something about long fringed accessories that makes me want to dance, I guess it’s the texture and movement they bring to an outfit. So I thought it fitting for my third project as part of the Kookai ‘Make Your Own Sunshine’ campaign to integrate a touch of this ever so now (and DIYable) trend in the form of a super simple leather clutch (made from scratch). Is it wrong that this bag makes me want to shimmy down the street?

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Wearing: Top and jeans by Kookai

You need:

You can buy a bunch of leather making supplies here in this kit, perfect for getting started on your leather accessory career!

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How to:

1. Cut your leather to size, mine was roughly A3 paper sized, and then fold it in half.  Then you’re going to start hole punching down both open sides of the leather. I did my holes pinkie finger distance apart. You want them close as these holes are going to be threaded with leather and will hold your bag together.

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2. This is what both sides will look like.

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2. Now cut your cord to size, mine was roughly 60cm (24 inches) long and I used 3o on each side.

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3. Using a pin or a seam ripper, fold your cord in half and press the folded end of it through both holes.

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4. Loop the cord and pull it tight so it secures the two layers together.

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5. Do that all the way along.

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6. Once you’ve done both sides of the bag it should look like this.

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7. Then, fold the top over to close the bag and away you go!

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Voila!

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This post is in collaboration with Kookai for the Make Your Own Sunshine campaign.

Outfit photos by Marion Tessier

DIY SCALLOPED HEELS

I’m a firm believer that we make our own sunshine, whether it be in the form of a Monday that doesn’t kill you, a job that you love or that ripped denim skirt that’s been on your wish list for ages. For that reason, I’m excited to be working with Kookai this month sharing a handful of DIYs, based on their new ‘Make Your Own Sunshine’ inspired AW14 collection. Drawing from the world of pop art and soul music, the collection is all about creating your own happiness (or sunshine), and what better way than with a bit of DIY, right?

Ok, ok, so I know shoes aren’t the answer to lifelong happiness, but they’re certainly not a bad place start (after getting a good 8 hours of sleep a night!). So today I’ll be showing you how to make a very very simple pair of scalloped heels – the perfect centrepiece for an outfit designed to dance the night away to soul, hip hop, funk – whatever your jam! Although, to be fair you’ll probably find me shoes in hand by the end of the night… :) And you guys, in case you weren’t sold on this project, the scalloping is totally removable so you can get happy with these shoes over and over!

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Wearing: Skirt and jacket from Kookai‘s AW14 collection

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You need:

  • A pair of strappy heels (these are simple Tony Bianco ones I’ve had for years)
  • A piece of scrap leather or suede (faux would also work too)
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • This Scallop Printable printed on A4
  • A few pieces of leather twine

Grab yourself a leather making kit here with all the materials you need and lots of leather to experiment with.

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How to:

1. Start by carefully cutting out the template.

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2. Using the tape, stick that to the underside of the leather/fabric.

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3.  Next, using sharp scissors, carefully cut out the leather along the template, so you end up with scalloped trim as seen below.

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4. The end result should look like this. You’ll have to cut around 4 pieces or more for your heels.

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5. To attach to your heels, you’re going to use two methods. For the ankle straps, simple cut two slits into the leather and weave the strap onto it.

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6. For the front strap, make two holes at the edge of the fabric, and thread the twine through, tying it to he underside of the strap.

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Voila!

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Stay tuned for more projects that inspire you to make your own sunshine!

Photos by Marion Tessier

In collaboration with Kookai.

DIY LEATHER CLUTCH

I’m SUCH a sucker for a natural leather clutch, jussst the right size for all the important things. As part of the launch my second collection of DIY kits in collaboration with Wander and Hunt,  I recently made a video with my friend Luke showing you how to craft a leather clutch. As I mention in the video, working with leather has always scared me a little bit, but the minimalist construction of this clutch will have you feeling like a pro in no time! This is a design I created from scratch using the most gorgeous blush coloured thick leather, and I’m excited to share it with you by way of Wander and Hunt. Oh, and did I mention international shipping is completely free for the holidays? Yay!

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As you can see I’ve been having fun experimenting with video, such a fun medium! Although I can’t help feeling like each one is a study in my rising inflection studded Aussie accent…

You need:

Or buy the kit here (yay for free shipping!).

How to:

1. Cut out the leather into the envelope shape as shown above. Mine was roughly 34cm x 27cm.

2. Add the holes using the hole puncher.

3. Fold the clutch together, with the two sides flaps first and then the bottom flap over the top.

4. Secure it with the studs.

5. Add the final stud as the button that closes the clutch.

6. Press down the top hole onto the button stud to secure. Voila!

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Video shooting and editing: Luke Casey (find him on insta here!)