5-Minute DIY: Stud Embellished Collar Tips

I do a lot of my own DIY projects because A. The things I want are usually never available, B. I'm cheap, and C. I'm broke (ok, not completely, but ain't rollin' in the deep). While everyone was rushing to their bogus Valentine's Day dinner reservations last night, I was working on a super exciting sample sale I'm doing next week. Decided to take a breather from that for a quickie DIY--and share it with you! I'm all about collar tips lately, so I'm stocking up.

I've seen other embellished collar DIY tutorials, but I don't really like using glue on clothing or using iron-ons. It takes a while to dry, things can fall off in the wash, it can smell, stuff can accidentally get stuck together permanently, the glue can bleed through, irons can burn, and if you don't get the right glue the color can turn a nasty yellow. I prefer the way I did it because if you screw up or want a change, you can take the embellishments off! Plus no glue mess or need for a BeDazzler; it's completely idiot-proof (although you could possibly hurt yourself, but the clothes will be okay!).

What inspired me to do this DIY was simply that my package from Forever 21 came yesterday. I know Forever 21 is trashy, but they DO have some good basic items ripe for embellishing on the cheap. I chose their sheer collared Longline High-Low Button-Up. It's kind of expensive for F21 at $19.80 (I told you I'm cheap) but I'm all about sheer collared tops so went for it.

Your Materials:

1. Metal pronged embellishments of your choice. You can find them at any Michaels, Jo-Ann Fabrics, or your fave craft store. The ones I used are some vintage diamond-shapes I found in the bead district in downtown Los Angeles. Whatever you choose, be sure they have those pointy spikes on the underside. You can also do rhinestones with metal settings, but they require a careful hand as you can scratch the stones with your pliers.

2. A good pair of "chain nose" jewelry pliers. They're the small pliers with sharp pointed tips and flat on the inside--not the rounded ones. You can buy them for under $10 (a MUST for all DIY-ers in my opinion, but then again I am a jewelry-maker). Again, any craft store that sells a good amount of beads will have them.

3. Collared shirt of your choice. I recommend finding a cool one at a thrift store so you only spend a few dollars total.

Once you've figured out how you want to lay your studs out,  push the studs through the collar one at a time prongs down. Be sure all the prongs pass completely through the fabric as far as they can go.

Be careful of your fingers, the prongs are sharp! Perforated leather is a good look, but not perforated fingers.

With your jewelry pliers, grab each prong and bend each them towards the inside of the stud. Hold the fabric taut around the stud so it won't fall out while you're doing this (I had to take the photo with my other hand so I'm not holding). Be sure to push the prongs down enough so things won't get caught on them later. But don't push them down so far that it causes the collar fabric to bunch.

The finished underside.

The finished product, ready to party! Don't have to wait for anything to dry :).

Backtracking: If a stud is misaligned or you change your mind about the design a week later, you can just use your pliers to upright the prongs and take out the studs like you would a staple. Simple! This whole project took me probably under five minutes, including adjustments.

I apologize for my crappy iPhone photos, I don't have any daylight when I come home from the day job. Plus the walls around my work table are neon green (don't ask) so that combined with the tungsten lighting makes everything so brassy.

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Shop For A Cause: Fashion Benefits Japan

The outpouring of good will for Japan has been enormous across the board--but there is still a lot of work to be done. One thing that really struck me was how right as the earthquake hit and during the immediate aftermath, the Marc Jacobs Twitter has shown particular concern for their employees in affected areas. Since the earthquakes and tsunamis hit Japan, clothing companies like UNIQLO, Levi's, Coach and American Eagle have donated millions of out-of-pocket dollars to the relief efforts, while many others are teaming up with charities to help raise money. Fast Retailing Group, the company that owns UNIQLO, g.u., Comptoir des Cotonniers, Princesse tam.tam and Theory in particular has been doing amazing things to help the disaster victims, its CEO personally donating far more than the company and all its employees combined. Uniqlo and Theory also have clothing donation boxes set up in their retail stores and Fast Retailing is donating tens of thousands of garments from their lines.
Actress Rinko Kikuchi & model Jenny Shimizu wear Opening Ceremony for Japan tees

Designers and retailers are also creating charity incentives to shop, many donating 100% of proceeds of overall sales and the sale of special items to relief efforts. We've compiled just some of the shopping opportunities where you can help Japan while getting a little something back.

Click through to see:

Opening Ceremony for Japan Tees - $30, OpeningCeremony.com
Simply designed and shot at OC's NYC headquarters, every cent of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross. OC's website also has a banner atop their website that links directly to the Red Cross site for additional donations.
From March 21 - 25, the jewelry line will donate 100% off all sales on their online store to Catholic Relief Services, plus 100% of sales at any Alexis Bittar retail stoer on March 24.
Note: Catholic Relief uses 93% of donations directly for the relief effort

Today only (March 18), 100% of online sales will go towards Japan relief efforts.

Stussy x Fragment Design One World One Love One Heart Tee - $36, Stussy.com
In collaboration with Hiroshi Fujiwara, Stussy designed a tee where a "majority" of the proceeds will go to the Japan Red Cross. Currently available for pre-sale.

MWJ is an independent multi-arts project with the goal of conveying Japanese culture and with activities and Japanese-inspired creatives. 100% of sales of their hand-screened t-shirts will go directly to organizations directly involved with the Japan relief effort. Currently shirts are sold out, but you can pre-order more via the contact page.

A really cute idea, $100 from the sale of any red bag from their online store will be donated to the Red Cross.

Rising Sun Tee - $20, Karmaloop.com
100% of proceeds from the sale of this style will be donated to The Red Cross. Currently available for pre-sale.

You can still donate directly to The Red Cross online or simply texting REDCROSS to 90999 will donate $10. It's almost surreal to see a country endure tragedy after tragedy in a matter of days the way Japan has and we all need to do out part to help.