How are you gonna make yourself stand out in the crowd of
jean-wearin’ cuties this fall? Give yours a splash of personal style, of
course! Just ‘cause jeans are universally liked, it doesn’t mean yours have to
be. So cut ‘em, draw on ‘em, or sew ‘em – whatever you have to do to make your
pants say something about Y-O-U.
Glitz for the
If you love all things sparkly and colorful, then you’ve
just gotta add some shine to your jeans. So head down to the craft store, and
pick out rhinestones in colors that’ll match a lot of your tops. Then grab your
hot glue gun, and get creative, girlie. Once you’ve decided where on your jeans
you want the jewels, just put a little dot of glue on the back of each one. Then
you can carefully place them on, using either your finger or a toothpick to
position them. Just be sure to give those sparklers some time to dry before you
try on your new and improved bottoms.
Patches for the
Goin’ for a vintage or boho look to fit your style? Then
find some cute fabric, and cut it into patches for your jeans. Remember that
you can totally be creative with your patches – no one said you have to stick
to squares. Cut out hearts, triangles, circles, or stars. Also, decide if you wanna
leave your edges open to fraying. If not, make sure ya fold ‘em in twice before
you start sewing. Then put a thin coating of fabric glue on the back of your
patches, and stick ‘em in place. You can either finish by hand-sewing the edges
or by using the zigzag stitch on a sewing machine.
Rips for the Edgy
Lotsa jeans come ripped, but isn’t it more fun to choose
exactly what yours are gonna look like? That way, you control the boldness, and
you can make your jeans as edgy as you want. So first, place a block of wood
inside the pants leg and underneath the area where you wanna put a rip. Then
scrape a utility knife horizontally to loosen the fibers, and if that’s not
enough of a tear, you can cut the hole a little larger with some scissors. Make
sure you always hold the utility knife with the blade down toward the table,
and don’t cut toward yourself. And remember that any fraying and tearing you do
is gonna get worse with each trip through the wash, so don’t overdo it.
Doodles for the
The margins of your notebooks are filled with scribbles and
cartoons. So are the covers of your binders, your pencil case, and your
tennies. Well, it’s time to move on to bigger and better things, chica. Grab a
sharpie, and make your jeans into a masterpiece.
Bleach for the
If you’re sporty and adventurous, you’ve gotta make your
jeans show it. And bleach is just the way to do that. First off, you’ve gotta
be ready to get down and dirty, so wear some old clothes that you won’t mind
destroying. Lay your jeans out on an old sheet or on some newspaper outside.
Then mix up a solution of 1/3 bleach and 2/3 water in a squirt bottle, and use
that to make patterns on your jeans. Leave the finished product out for a few
hours ‘til it dries, and be careful to wash the jeans alone from now on.
BY CARRIE RUPPERT ON 8/25/2012 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN jeans, sewing, diy, fashion, boredom buster