Frugal-nomics DIY: Leather Fringe Skirt
I’m often asked where I get my inspiration from for my DIY projects, and the honest answer is….”everywhere.” For this one in particular, I was doing a modeling job one day for a clothing company recently when one of the designers came in with a leather fringe skirt, and I thought….I love the rock and roll edge, gotta have it! So, in addition to the leather fringe heels I made here (which I won’t be wearing at the same time as the skirt, just an FYI) I wanted to add another cool leather piece to my wardrobe as we get further into fall, and this was a quick and easy addition.
Want to know how to wear it? Just add some tights and a chunky sweater and you’re all set. Tell me what you think below.
SUPPLIES: Skirt (I got paint on me one day in the subway on my way to a modeling job — long story — so I picked this one up for like $5 at H&M), faux leather, leather studded trim, a straight edge, glue, rotary cutter, scissors, and a tape measure.
1. First step, fold your faux leather in half and stretch it out on a flat surface.
2. Measure the length of the front of your skirt, seam to seam (mine was about 14 inches across). Then cut 3 sections of the folded faux leather, each 7 x 14 inches. The length is determined by the length of your skirt, and you may want to be a little more generous with the width to avoid my mistake I made of it being too short once you put it on).
3. Leaving the folded edge across the top, cut each of the 3 sections into 1/8 in strips with a 1/2 in seam allowance (so, don’t go all the way up to the top).
4. For safety, lay out the 3 sections before you glue them down. Once you know where you want them to go, start from the bottom and put a line of glue across top seam of 1 of your sections, and press it down into place. I let my fringes hang about 1.5 inches over the skirt’s hem. Repeat this for the other 2 sections — ending directly on top of the waistband.
5. Lastly, measure the width of the waistband of your skirt, cut a piece of trim the desired length (again, try it on before you cut), and then glue it into place. Presto! Quick, easy, and more importantly — no sew!