The once interesting colour of your jeans gets to be mind numbingly boring after a point. Especially if you own more than 3 pairs of the same colour. And if you have a DIY orientation in your brain. I “have to” take out my craft tools on these jeans to make them more interesting
Many different ideas to embellish jeans
1. Add ready made Clothing patches
This is by far the easiest method of embellishing your jeans. If you have a sticky clothing patch you need only apply it on your jeans with the appropriate technique and you have a different jeans altogether; totally different from what you started with. If you have the time and inclination you can even make the patches yourself.
2. Use hand embroidery designs on jeans
There is nothing like too much embroidery for me. So even jeans get embroidered. To embroider on denim you need really thick needle with a large eye. The full strands of the embroidery thread will have to be used for having some impact. Choose a simple design with broad outlines. Learn how to make your own hand embroidered jeans here along with the best positions to place the embroidery on jeans.
Checkout this post on filling stitches for some ideas on what to work on your embroidery design. If you are new to embroidery you can checkout this post with tips for a beginner embroiderer. The simple embroidery motifs in this post can be used on your jeans or needle painting (checkout the post on small easy embroidery motifs or embroidery flower motifs for ideas)
3. Side seam embellishments
Embellishments done on the side seams of the jeans are very visible and can look very attractive. I have a Levis jeans with simple embroidery like this (plus signs) on the side seams and it is my favourite. Just running stitches done along the side seams. It could be any other stitch like fly stitch, cross stitch, star stitch.
You will need to thread the whole embroidery floss and tie the strands together. You will have 12 strands on your needle. Remember that you need thick needle to do any embroidery or stitching on the jeans.
You can also add studs, or rhinestones or lace trims along the side seams.
4. Decorated patch pocket
Most jeans come with decorative stitches on the pockets; You can add your own decorations to your pockets.
5. Applique or Reverse applique
You can sew small pieces of fabric to your jeans with satin stitches (applique) Checkout the applique tutorial for more details or do the reverse applique.
6. Use paint to decorate your jeans
7. Distressed jeans
Distressed jeans mean jeans that have undergone some procedure to make them look aged, worn; Distressed jeans can be achieved in many ways. Checkout this post on the different ways of distressing your jeans
8. Ripped jeans
Ripped jeans is the ultimate in distressing denim. Holes are made on the jeans near the knees and thighs. Checkout the DIY tutorial to rip your jeans properly without removing the white thread in denim
9. Decorate with sequins
Checkout the different methods of sewing sequins on fabric
10. Decorate with couching embroidery stitches
You can use couching stitches as in the picture below
11. Make a hem band
You can make a small cuff or a wide cuff. An interesting print can be chosen for making this band
12. Make a cuff by adding printed fabric inside
As can be seen in the picture the fabric is added to the inside of the jeans leg. When folded the cuff looks attractive. You can learn how to add an extra cuff on your jeans with the tutorial here.
13. Embroider letters on jeans
You will have to use your hand sewing needle to sew the letters. Check out the different ways of embroidering letters in this post
14. Add lace
Lace trims can be added to the hem . I have seen lace added under ripped holes and that looks very nice
15. Use eyelets to decorate
You can use metal grommets or hand embroidered eyelets
16. Fray the hem of jeans
This is easy as you just have to cut off the hem, sew a restraining stitching line along the edge some 1-2 inch above the cut edge. You can put it in the wash for automatic fraying or use seam ripper to remove the horizontal threads
You can learn more about this in this post on making cut off shorts from jeans.
17. Use rhinestones/ studs to embellish
Checkout the different ways to attach rhinestones here. You can add Swarovski crystals, metal studs etc. I wouldn’t go to that extreme but even diamond and gold are added jeans by designers in their quest for that perfect embellished jeans
18. Recycle jeans
If everything fails or you are too bored with the jeans as it is you can recycle them into a cut off shorts or a jean skirt
Check out this post on the 10 things you can make with old jeans
Whatever embellishments you do, it has to be done tastefully. Do you have any more ideas for embellishing and decorating jeans? Put it in the comments below.