How to Put Spikes on a Denim Vest

Resurrect that plain denim vest and make it a fashion statement.
Resurrect that plain denim vest and make it a fashion statement. (Image: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Punk rockers and hair-band rock stars made spiked, metal-studded jackets, shoes and belts famous in the ‘70s and ‘80s. The inspiration has remained a classic rock fashion symbol. While there have been endless commercials for tween bedazzlers, adult DIYers don’t need any cheaply made crafting tool to get that tough accent. Invest in some quality spike studs and a sturdy denim vest to design an edgy fashion accessory.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric marker
  • Seam ripper
  • Clothing studs

Lay the denim vest on a flat surface. Envision the design you want to apply to the vest. Classic places to apply studs include a line of studs above the pockets, along the front or bottom seams, or along the collar or lapel.

Mark the denim where you want your spikes to sit using a fabric marker. If you're adding a line of studs, use a measuring tape to keep the line even and straight. Be sure to mark where the center of the spike stud will sit and leave enough room on the edge of the fabric so that the stud will sit securely on the vest. Also leave enough room between the spikes so that they can sit smoothly next to each other.

Poke a hole on each marked stud site with the tip of a seam ripper. Keep the hole small so that the spike will sit snuggly in the fabric. Keep creating small holes on all of the marks you made for the pattern.

Stick the spike stud through the first hole. Screw on the back of the stud and secure firmly to ensure the spike stays in place. Repeat this application process until you have all of the studs you desire.

Tips & Warnings

  • Invest in real metal studs to create a lasting denim vest that doesn’t fade, crack or fall off.
  • If you don’t have a craft store in your area, many online craft sites have a wide variety of metal spikes in a range of colors, sizes and styles.
  • Hand wash spiked denim vests to keep the studs and the denim in good condition.

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