Published on October 27, 2017—  Leave a comment

DIY Jeans and Jean Jackets: 5 Ways to Customize Your Denim

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Personalizing your clothes is a trend that’s here to stay. Wearing something of your own creation is fun, easy, and such a confidence-booster. Since we’re all in jeans and jean jackets ALL of the time (because, of course), denim is the perfect canvas for self-expression. Start with something simple like hemming your jeans yourself and work up to embroidering a cool saying across the back of your jean jacket. It’s the ultimate thrifty hack—making something old new again and making something new, yours.

How to Design Your Own Jean Jacket


Why wear a standard jean jacket if you can jazz it up with pins, patches, and buttons to make it completely your own. It’s like getting tattoos without the commitment!

What you need:   
Enamel pins
Single earrings (these double as a cute pin!)
Patches (there are a ton of cute ones on Amazon and Etsy)
Tea towel

  1. Decide where you want to place your patch.
  2. Place a tea towel over the patch for protection.
  3. Turn the iron to a high cotton setting and make sure there is no water or steam.
  4. Place iron over the towel and hold for about 15 seconds.
  5. If you’re worried about your patch staying on permanently, you can also sew around the edges for extra staying power.
  6. Be careful when you wash your jean jacket. Spot clean if possible and always lay flat to dry.
  7. Add buttons, enamel pins, or single earrings (repurpose!) to the pocket, collar, or anywhere there’s room.


How to Personalize Your Jean Jacket


You know all those cute sayings floating around on your social feeds? Using a little handicraft and embroidery, you can wear broadcast them to the world. Add your name above the front pocket, write your favorite saying across the back, put a little heart on your sleeve.

What you need:
Sewing needles
Colored thread
Embroidery hoop
Needle threader
Pattern (you can print out your saying on a piece of paper)

  1. Choose a cute saying. Some of our faves: Badass Mom, Boss Babe, Be Thrifty, Think Secondhand First.
  2. Pick a font and print out your saying on a piece of paper.
  3. Pin the paper on the desired location of your jacket. This will act as a guide when you begin your embroidery.
  4. Stretch the jacket over the embroidery hoop so the fabric is taut.
  5. Using the paper as a guide, do an initial stitch, sewing the words onto the jacket. This will act as a guideline.
  6. Remove the paper and go over your guide stitch a few more times.
  7. Tie off your thread on the back of the jacket.
  8. Rock your jacket!


How to Crop a Jean Jacket


Unlike the practical nature of hemming your jeans, this tip is primarily for style points only. We love the edgy vibes that a cropped and frayed jean jacket gives off. Wear it over a dress or earn bonus points for double denim.

What you need:
Fabric scissors
Seam Ripper

  1. Using the chalk and a ruler, make a dotted line around the perimeter of the jacket about 1-2 inches above the current hem.
  2. Cut the perimeter with a good pair of fabric scissors.
  3. Use the seam ripper to pull out horizontal threads from the freshly cut hem. Continue until you get a desired frayed look. The more threads you pull, the more dramatic the frayed effect.


How to Hem Jeans Yourself


Tired of paying a fancy tailor to hem all your jeans? Yeah. Don’t! Doing it yourself not only saves you time and money but it looks cooler. Imperfection is a good thing—don’t worry about creating a super straight line.

What you need:
Fabric scissors
Seam Ripper

  1. Put on your jeans and cuff them to your desired length. We recommend cropping right above the ankle for a modern look.
  2. Make chalk marks where you want to cut.
  3. Cut around the perimeter of the hem with a good pair of fabric scissors.
  4. Optional: Use the seam ripper to pull out any horizontal threads and create a frayed look.


How to Repair Holes in Distressed Jeans


While we LOVE the distressed denim look, sometimes the holes get a little too big or it gets too cold out to show that much skin. Keep the look but stay covered up by patching up the holes. Don’t worry about matching the denim washes, the patchwork look is rad and so-very-2017.

What you need:
Leftover denim fabric
Sewing needle
White or blue thread

  1. Cut out your leftover denim fabric in a square that’s slightly bigger than the hole you want to repair.
  2. Insert the patch inside the pant leg.
  3. Pin it in place.
  4. Hand-stitch the patch in a square outline using a needle and thread.

Tell us your favorite ways to personalize your denim! We’ll include your tips and tricks in an upcoming post.