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DIY with Domesek: From Pencil Case to Chic Clutch

DIY Queen: Erica Domesek

Sharpie fan and fashion fanatic, Erica Domesek, has made a career of transforming expensive fashion trends into doable DIY projects. She sees it, she likes it, she makes it, is her motto.  

Is it any surprise, then, that Sharpie is one of her favorite DIY staples? Sharpie discovered her three years ago and invited her to join the Sharpie Squad, a group of some of Sharpie’s most passionate fans. 

This year, Erica will be featured in Sharpie’s new print ad campaign, along with the standard-issue pencil case she transformed with Sharpie into a ready-for-recess — or the runway — purse using brand new Stained by Sharpie fabric markers. Stained markers are formulated for use on most fabrics and include a brush tip for expressive strokes. 

Erica's print ad featuring her plain jane pencil case turned chic clutch.

                                       

This bag may look like something off a New York runway but you can make it your own in a few simple steps, with a few simple items and Sharpie, of course!    

1- Draw the outline details 

  

 2- Begin shading in top flap  

  

 3- Continue to fill in, varying the pressure with the markers to create a lighter shades in the bottom corners. 

 

 4- Use a ruler to create a quilted effect.  Outline with black and begin adding studs. 

 

5- Place studs where lines intersect, and add stitching detail with dotted straight lines around the interior border.    

 

6- Mark where the grommets will be inserted.   

  

7- Cut slits for grommets.  

  

 8- Insert grommet top and bottom and align together. 

  

   

9- Hammer grommets together. 

10- Insert chain through all four grommets. 

   

11- Use a safety pin to join ends of chain.    

    

 12-  Add the last touches… a fun tassel on the chain and use Stained markers to create faux hardware that mimics a real clutch.  P.S. Glue a gem to finish it off! 

  

Et Voila! You’re ready for a night out on the town or a day in class; either way you’ll be stylin’ with Stained by Sharpie fabric markers! Check out more amazing D.I.Y. creations from Erica on her blog, P.S. I Made This… , follow her on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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P.S.- A DIY Giveaway

P.S.- Annie get your GLUE GUN! From now until February 9th all subscribers to the P.S.- I made this… Newsletter, will have a chance to win this J’AMAZING grab bag of DIY goodies!

Follow the link to sign up for the newsletter and a chance to WIN!

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P.S. -It’s in Print!

The Sharpie Squad’s own, Erica Domesek has been getting a ton of well-deserved buzz lately!  As you know, Erica is the founder of  the highly original DIY brand, P.S. -I Made This…  Last year at Fashion Week, we teamed up with Domesek to create Sharpie’s first-ever DIY pop-up bar and ever since we can’t stop hearing about all the great opportunities Erica has had the been involved with!  Romping around town, looking fabulous, she’s been working with some big-time publications including Teen Vogue, Glamour, GQ & Who What Wear, just to name a few!   

Most recently, this DIY rockstar has even published a book of her own, titled,  P.S. -I Made This…  The book features original projects, taking inspiration from looks straight off the runway and recreating them with materials from the  hardware store, craft store and even her own junk draw!  Erica breaks down each project in an easy way, accompanied by tips and resources from the author herself.  Watch the book trailer right here and then hop over to Amazon to pick up your own copy of P.S. -I Made This…

 

For more on  P.S. I Made This…, visit the website,  become a fan on Facebook and follow on Twitter

You can also read an exclusive at Fashionista.com, giving you an inside look at what it takes to be a DIY superstar.  What do you think Domesek  uses as a potholder?? You’ll never guess!