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Le Blog de Sushi: DIY Alexander Wang inspired studded bag

Thursday, July 23, 2009

{ DIY Alexander Wang inspired studded bag }



Image courtesy of barneys.com
Alexander Wang 'Coco' duffel bag | USD $850.00

For this DIY I used the Dotti 'Snake Day' bag (which bares an uncanny resemblance to the Wang 'Trudy' tote) and silver cone studs purchased from studsandspikes.com. I'd recommend using a bag with a constructed base so the bottom won't fold up when being worn.


The bag I an using is lined and has a constructed, hard base, which needs to be removed before I can stud the bag. If your bag has a softer base or no lining you'll find it much easier!



Tools needed include small scissors, pliers, needle & thread, cone studs and a sewing machine.



Pull the lining outside of the bag and unpicked the stitching 1/2 of the way around the base, leaving a big enough hole to comfortably work on the bottom of the bag.



Turn the bag inside out and pull the base through the hole in the lining. Snip the inner most layer of the base 1/2 way around and remove the piece of cardboard base.



Begin studding the bottom by pushing the stud through the right side of the bag, turning the bag inside out and folding the prongs of the stud over with the pliers.



Place a stud in each corner of the bag first, as this will make it easier to align and distance the studs.



Finish the two shorter sides of the bag, then center one stud in the middle of each longer side.



Fill in all the rows (may take a while!). I added two more studs on each end of the base as the bottom of my bag is oblong-shaped.



Turn the bag inside out again and re-insert the cardboard base.



Use a needle and thread to sew up the layers you previously cut through.



Turn the bag right way out and pull out the lining. Fold the rough edges into the hole and pin the two sides together.



Use a sewing machine and matching thread to closely hem the edge of the lining.



The finished lining should look quite neat. Push it back into the bag.



And you're done! An Alexander Wang inspired bag is all yours!

48 comments | DIY Alexander Wang inspired studded bag

Shen-Shen said...
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Wow, it looks so hot!

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5ft0 said...
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So creative Sushi! I agree with Shen-Shen, it's hot!

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Alexandra said...
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That looks great! Thanks for the tutorial!

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ivy said...
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OMG..........you're so good in DIY, gurl! that bag look so awesome now!! i want one..lol :D
thanks for the tutorial...great one!

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emily said...
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oh, i love it! i wanna do one myself now!

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an92 said...
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It looks fabulous :) Those studs are awesome, the only ones I can find in Adelaide are from Myer Centre Lincraft (and even those are square - based pyramid). I think I need to visit studsandspikes.
x

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Fashion&Such said...
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I actually love this! Must make a funky sound when you put the bag down & all that.
it's really neat aswell!

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Nil said...
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This looks great you are really talented dear

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Anna-Maria said...
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That looks cool and now the leather doesn't get dirty if you place the bag on the ground. :)

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thischicksgotstyle said...
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That looks very good!!
I think your blog is really lovely!!

x!

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Coco said...
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That's great. I was considering doing it, maybe with dog spikes... Now I need to find a bag!

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Mani said...
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I love all your DIYs! I want to try this one, hope i can find studs where I live ^^

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Brunhilde said...
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Wow, great idea! I love this blog!!

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Malicious Mallory said...
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Wow!! You did such a great job!

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Lizzie said...
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Looks so cool!

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Diane said...
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L.O.V.E. it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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*** said...
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I love it! Great job.

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Shin said...
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Such an awesome DIY! The bag looks completely transformed! xxoxo

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Kathy said...
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Amazing DIY!

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Agnieszka said...
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wow, it's great!

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Tariro said...
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YOU ARE SOOO SMART!!!

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Hannah said...
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this is a great DIY i'm definately gonna give it a go!

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What Was I Thinking? said...
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That looks so good!!

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Bucca said...
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Fantastic DIY Sushi!

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betty said...
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Great idea! I love it

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leflassh. said...
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oh my, that looks so brilliant.
you are crazy talented lady.
love everything you do.
x

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Ashley said...
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It looks fabulous!! Def. a more affordable alternative to the A. Wang bag.

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I'MTHATCHIQ said...
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ow wow, that's so creative. Well done

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glitzy said...
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Wow! This is a cool idea... you are really good with the DIY!

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Anonymous said...
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oh gosh this is amazing!

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Clumsy said...
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Cool work...

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KeepSmiling said...
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You're too good for us :P

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Humpty Dumpty said...
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Nice work! :)

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The Frocker said...
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Dope! Thanks for the tutorial!

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umama said...
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So gorge! A possible add on to your Etsy!?

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Davina said...
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That is super creative and innovative...much more unique and far less expensive than the actual bag :)

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Anonymous said...
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Thanks for the tut! Just a question, what size studs did you use?

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Sushi said...
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Anonymous - I used the 1/2" cone studs x Sushi

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cat said...
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genius!

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Farrah @ Stylecrumbs said...
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SUPERCOOL!! :)

Just discovered your blog btw, and I'm definitely following u! :)

XO
http://stylecrumbs.blogspot.com/

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Karolayn86 said...
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I love the idea!! Congrats!!

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Domennie said...
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unbelievable..never would have thought of that, great idea and good job on doing it so neatly:)

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Anh Van said...
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Can I ask where you got the bag?

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Sushi said...
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Anh Van - It's from an Australian store called Dotti x Sushi

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ita darling. said...
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This is fun! I just did this to a bag last week-and while I was image searching the A.Wang bag to show my friend my "inspiration" image- I came across your blog post! Great minds think alike!

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Margherita&Eleonora said...
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what an amazing job!
we love alexander wang's bag, so we think we'll do your same DIY work!!
thank you, you're so inspiring :))
x

http://sisterslovefashion.blogspot.com/

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Barcelonette said...
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wow, this one is amazing. I've discovered your blog today and keep sufring in it. You have great ideas and an amazing portfolio. Really loove it. (and loved Great Gatsby!)
barcelonette.net

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Shamima Sultana said...
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wow...just wonderful...
like the process..:)

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