Do you ever get tired of trends and don’t want to spend a ton of money recreating the new ones? Because that is my life in a nutshell. Scrolling countless fashion magazines not actually willing to purchase anything that is in them. That is why DIY old jeans are a dream come true.
1. Fray It Up
Bootleg and flares are in which means that skinny jeans are not in the limelight. If you have an old pair of boyfriend jeans this DIY works perfectly. All you need is scissors, what I find best is put your jeans on with your favorite pair of boots and roll the jeans right below you want to cut.
Once you snip away the excess throw your new jeans in the washing machine.If they do not fray the way you want to take tweezers or scissors and hack away.
2. Patches, Patches Everywhere
Patches are a cool way to DIY old jeans and give them that iconic GUCCI edge. Going into trendy stores is an easy way to spend $14 on one patch, that is why buying them on Amazon is a quick way to save a bit of money for getting them in bulk.
Put as many as you want, looking online at jeans with patches is a great way to see where you want to place them. Make sure they are iron on unless your a goddess at sewing.
3. Destress to Impress
If your jeans are not already worn in you can fake it! There are a ton of ways to do this but I like to just take a pair of sharp scissors and slice where I want rips.
Then you can take anything that will fray the edges of where you cut like sandpaper, grater, or tweezers.
When flame embellishments were making waves DIY old jeans with paint was a big thing. Use a stencil bought from a store or make one using a pattern online and then use that to trace on your jeans.
Patterns like snakes, flames, or butterflies are a great start! You can then go to any craft store and purchase fabric paint to
5. Little Sparkle
Sparkles are a girl’s best friend, and so are craft stores. They have a bunch of sparkly fabric and applique that you can just cut into strips.
Putting a line of applique along both outer seems of your jeans is a fun take on the sporty trend. Also around the ankle or over the pockets.
As the weather gets warmer shorts will become a staple. I find that making the best pair of shorts is done with baggier fitting jeans.
For this DIY just remember if you are going for an ultimate daisy duke moment that their needs to be crotch coverage. Possible cut about an inch longer than how you want them and see how much they fray in the wash.
Grommets are a fun and edgy way to DIY old jeans. To start bu any size you want, big, small, it doesn’t matter.
Then trace the inside of the grommets where you want them to be on the jeans. Cut out the circle and use your grommet tool to hammer the grommet into place.
If you happen to have two pairs of jeans, different tones this a great DIY. Cut a long rectangle piece/pieces of the pair that you won’t be wearing.
You can buy fabric glue if sewing is not for you, take those pieces of fabric and position them anywhere on the jeans that you did not cut. This could be the pocket or the front.
9. Dog Toy
This one is for your fluffy friend! Cut your old pair of jeans into long strips than with two thick pieces make a cross.
Lay the bottom part of the cross to the left and the top part to the right so that they overlap the horizontal strip. Weave the left side through then the right side through and this should make a woven square.
An alternative is just to tie all the strips into a giant ball or tie all the strips around a tennis ball.
This can mean anything from ombre to a bleach pen. Ombre a pair of jeans just requires dipping the old jeans in bleach, to get rid of the harch line fill a spray bottle with bleach and spray right at the line.
A bleach pen is a great way to make small details. This then can turn a pair of jeans white if you fully bleach them so they can then be dyed. There are a ton of opportunities!