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DIY Denim

DIY Denim

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Happy Saturday everyone! I wanted share with you guys the steps I took to create this jacket, and a little bit about distressing denim! I bought all of these pieces from Goodwill, so the whole jacket cost under $10 to make. Needless to say my wallet is very happy. Repurposing clothing is not only a creative outlet, but also sustainable and unique. If you wear a jacket you make, you can assure no one else will have the same one. :)

My first tip is to look at EVERY item in the thrift store. This will take a while, but sometimes I find great patterns and fabrics on XL dresses that I can cut up and use for something else. There is also usually an actual "fabric" section of the store. The pattern on the back of this jacket was a vintage headscarf.

My second tip is follow the lines of the jacket. Jeans and jackets usually have seams in certain places, and following those seams can make the stitching look more natural. You will also want to cut your fabric and fold it over before you sew. This will insure that it doesn't fray when you wear it. I took a trip to Michaels Crafts after I went to Goodwill and found a neutral colored crochet ribbon to add to the top of the jacket. 

Now on to distressing denim! Here are the steps I use:

  Step 1:   Get some jeans! You can use any style, but I prefer to distress "boyfriend" jeans. My favorite place to shop for these jeans is in the mens section of the thrift store. I always find great "boyfriend" style Levi's that I can distress or cut into shorts.

Step 1:

Get some jeans! You can use any style, but I prefer to distress "boyfriend" jeans. My favorite place to shop for these jeans is in the mens section of the thrift store. I always find great "boyfriend" style Levi's that I can distress or cut into shorts.

  Step 2:   Put the jeans on and draw a dot above and below your knee.

Step 2:

Put the jeans on and draw a dot above and below your knee.

  Step 3:   Cut horizontal lines between the two dots.

Step 3:

Cut horizontal lines between the two dots.

  Step 4:   There are lighter strands going horizontal, and darker strands going vertical. Start to separate the top couple of horizontal strands so the vertical strands start to fray out.

Step 4:

There are lighter strands going horizontal, and darker strands going vertical. Start to separate the top couple of horizontal strands so the vertical strands start to fray out.

  Step 5:   Pull out all of the vertical strands.

Step 5:

Pull out all of the vertical strands.

  Step 6:   Take your shaving razor across pockets and seams to create a more natural worn look.

Step 6:

Take your shaving razor across pockets and seams to create a more natural worn look.

  Step 7:   Wash and dry the jeans and you're ready to go!

Step 7:

Wash and dry the jeans and you're ready to go!

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