DIY: Vest Extenders

Since I got my leather vest, I have been wanting to get a set of vest extenders. Problem is, they’re not sold locally. So what does one do in such a predicament? make one.

So here are your basic materials:

 

1.Contact Cement 2.Pliers 3.Lighter 4.Scissors 5.D-Rings (8 pieces) 6.Ball point pen 7.Chain (preferably chromed) 8.Shrinkable tubes 9.Leather (cut into straps)

 

Step 1: Make 8 equal lengths of chain from two wallet chains (I purchased mine from a department store in the men’s accessories section).

Step 2: Attach 2 chain lengths to a D-ring on both ends.

Step 3: Insert a cut shrinkable tube into the D-ring before closing it. The tube’s length should be just right – it should allow space for the chain ends on each corner of the D-ring.

Step 4: Close the D-rings with two pairs of pliers.

Step 5: Slide the shrinkable tube into the middle of te chains and light it up to shrink it and conceal the opening of the D-ring. Note; not only does the tube conceal the opening, it also prevents the top chain from sliding down to the bottom of the D-ring.

Step 6: Insert the leather straps through the D-rings, placing the slotted center on the bend of the D-ring.

Step 7: Apply contact cement and let it stand for a good 5 minutes.

Step 8: Close the leather flaps, making the cornered ends meet.

This is what it should look like:

 

Make four of this, and:

 

They’re ready for stamping snap-on buttons just like the ones you have on your vest.

I took mine to a local tailor’s shop to have them stamped. Sadly, they only had 3 pairs of the buttons, so I’m one button short. The next best option? Your friendly upholstery shop. I took them to the same shop who made my leather sissy bar bag. Paid P10 per pair and tipped the guy another P10.

 

here’s how they look like now:

All done!

 

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2 Responses to “DIY: Vest Extenders”

  1. wow d. naloka ako dito. in fairness, you’re reeeeally creative.

  2. Wehehe.. Thanks!😀

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