DIY - Refashion Your Jeans
The Great American Jean
Jeans, or blue jeans, as many people refer to them, we created by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss in 1873. Originally designed for cowboys and miners, they began to gain popularity in the 1950s with teens and the greaser subculture. Today, they are now a staple in almost every American's wardrobe, and many DIYers project stash.
Since jeans are a staple in almost everyone's wardrobe, it only seems fitting that they would be a common source for many DIY and refashioning projects. You can make your project as simple, or as complex as your skills will allow. For the novice DIYer you can start with simple projects like distressing, bleaching, or simply changing the length. For the more advanced DIYer you can be more adventurous and go for a skirt or even a dress.
Jeans to Jeans
Polka Dot Jeans: With a little paint and little time you can create your very own polka dot jeans.
Skinny Jeans: By sewing a single seam down each leg you can take your old jeans from flared to skinny.
Zipper Jeans: This tutorial shows you a super simple no-sew method for adding a zipper to the bottom of your jeans.
Distressed Denim: Follow this tutorial and use your imagination to create your very own distressed jeans. Try out a steak knife, or cheese grater and see what results you get too!
Jeans to Skirt
Prairie Skirt: Follow this tutorial for a super cute boho look. You can even use an existing maxi skirt to create the bottom instead of fabric if it strikes your fancy.
Simple Skirt: You choose the length and just follow this basic tutorial to create a cute to add to your wardrobe.
Denim Maxi: This is similar to the tutorial above, but she is so cute so I had to throw it in there.
Mini Skirt with Kick Pleat: Add a little spunk to your mini with a super cute and simple kick pleat.
Jeans to Shorts
Denim Cut-Offs: Create the perfect pair of cut-offs that are sure to become a staple in your summer wardrobe.
Tribal Shorts: Tribal and native designs have been big for the past couple of seasons. Check out this tutorial to add a little flare to your shorts.
Patterned Denim Shorts: Spruce up your denims with some fun colored fabric accents.
Scalloped Shorts: Add a little girly flair to your wardrobe with these scalloped hem denim shorts.
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Denim Necklace: Turn your favorite wardrobe staple into your favorite accessory.
Denim Placemat:These are perfect for your back yard bar-be-que or a lovely picnic.
Denim Bag: Everyone needs a bag! This denim creation is sure to be cute and durable!
Denim Dress: For the truly adventurous you can create a denim dress from an old pair of jeans. Please note this tutorial has been translated from another language, so you may need to let the pictures guide you.
The best part about DIY and refashioning is that there is no right or wrong, the final outcome is up to you. The tutorials can help guide you, but in the end you make the creative decisions and create a garment or accessory that's all your own.