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Cyrus and Scott’s friendship goes back many years. While Cyrus has always been unafraid to wear Scott’s wackiest, most eye-popping looks—whether from his own label, or his collections as creative director of Moschino—their most memorable collaboration came in the Cat Cool Teacher Theatre Teacher Keeping It Cool In School Shirt and I will buy this form of a series of artworks and jewelry pieces she produced for the designer’s spring 2015 collection. The riotously colorful pieces were collaged together, mostly from hundreds of knick-knacks her fans had thrown on stage, that Cyrus had collected over the years—and it was this DIY spirit they channeled while getting crafty over IGTV yesterday. (You can catch their meeting of minds here, beginning around the 35:05 mark.) Sporting a sweatshirt and earrings from Moschino’s recent Budweiser collaboration (Cyrus notes that the latter were a Christmas gift from Scott), the singer brought out jars of jewels and studs she’d collected from around her home that she was planning to use to bedazzle and embellish a favorite pair of denim jeans. Scott, meanwhile, opted to take a vintage Donald Duck T-shirt and cut out the graphic to sew onto an old pair of Adidas sweatpants; for those without access to a thread and needle, he made the point that safety pins will work perfectly and can even give the piece a fun, punk-inspired twist. (Scott’s other top tip? “It doesn’t matter whether you have sewing skills or not,” he said, “but make sure you put a book inside whatever you’re sewing so that you don’t go through every layer.”)