How To DIY The Embellished Denim Trend (Video)

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I stopped by Cityline to show host Tracy Moore (scroll down for the video) how to DIY embellished denim. It’s easy to transform your old jeans and make them runway-worthy with these four techniques: Gluing, ironing, punching, and sewing. The best part? This update doesn’t have to cost a lot — all of the jeans I used were purchased at Value Village.

 

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To GLUE printed fabric onto your jeans, you’ll need:

  • Fray Stop
  • Fabric glue
  • Fabric scissors
  • Patterned fabric of your choice (try a tribal or Peruvian print for an ethnic statement)

How-to:

  1. Cut the fabric into the desired shape
  2. Run some Fray Stop over the raw edges of the fabric to prevent them from fraying
  3. Glue the fabric onto your denim and let dry for 24 hours 

 

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To IRON patches onto your jeans, you’ll need:

How-to:

  1. Turn your iron onto a high-heat setting
  2. Lay the patches onto your denim right-side-up in the desired layout
  3. Place the pressing cloth over the patches
  4. Press your iron onto the pressing cloth over the patches, and hold it in one place for 15-30 seconds
  5. Repeat Step 4 until the patches are secured on the denim
  6. Let the patches cool

 

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To PUNCH gems onto your jeans, you’ll need:

  • A gem tool
  • Gems

How-to:

  1. Determine the layout of the gems on your denim
  2. Choose the gems you want
  3. Load the gems in the gem tool according to instructions
  4. Punch the gems in place

 

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To SEW two pairs of jeans together and add a lace trim to your jeans, you’ll need:

  • Two pairs of jeans
  • White lace trim (about 1” wide) (enough for three strips around one leg)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Tailor’s pins
  • Threaded sewing machine

How-to:

  1. Cut the legs off both pairs of jeans. Remember that you’ll lose a 1.5 cm (5/8”) seam allowance off both jeans when you sew them together, so factor that in when cutting.
  2. Pin the white lace trim around the top portion of one leg and topstitch it in place.
  3. With right sides together, sew the two bottom legs to the two top legs, backstitching at both ends.
  4. Finish the raw edges with an overedge zigzag or a serger.

 

Watch here…

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Tracy Moore:
The denim trend is not going anywhere. So why not embellish it? Denise Wild is here to show you how you can have some fun with your jeans.

Denise Wild:
Exactly.

Tracy:
You know, whether you’re spending a ton of money on jeans or not–

Denise:
Right.

Tracy:
–you can make them whatever you want to.

Denise:
Totally. And, speaking of not spending a lot, all of these jeans I got from Value Village.

Tracy:
Good.

Denise:
So you don’t have to spend a lot. You can use jeans that you already have. It’s about taking yesterday’s favourite jeans and updating them to the latest trends. Right now, embellishing is everywhere; on the runways–

Tracy:
Yep.

Denise:
–in stores. So I’m going to show you how to do it with very easy techniques.

Tracy:
Yeah, and all different techniques.

Denise:
Right.

Tracy:
So we’re going to start with gluing it.

Denise:
Exactly.

Tracy:
Which is music to my ears.

Denise:
I thought you’d like that.

Tracy:
What can we do with glue?

Denise:
So, this first pair; these are actually just glued on. You can take any type of fabric; an ethnic fabric, a Peruvian fabric.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
And I did that, just by cutting out the fabric here. I kind of want to get you hands-on, but I am saving that sewing machine for you in the end.

Tracy:
Oh, my gosh, I’m using the sewing machine? I want to use the glue.

Denise:
So, here, this is special fabric glue.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
I’m going to slide this out of the way. And what I did first was that I cut out the exact shapes that I need for the backs of my pockets.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
I took this Fray Stop and I ran it along the edges; that prevents it from fraying, and this can go in the washing machine and it’s perfectly fine.

Tracy:
Well, that’s what I was going to ask you about. So it’s going to be okay?

Denise:
This is okay.

Tracy:
You can wash them again and again?

Denise:
You have to use the right type of glue though.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
This is specifically made for attaching fabric to fabric.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
And then all you do is you pick where you want, put the glue underneath.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
And then glue it down.

Tracy:
So, don’t use your kids’ a– your kids’ glue stick?

Denise:
Don’t use a glue stick. Don’t use that hot glue gun.

Tracy:
That’s the sort of thing I would try and do. It’s not going to work.

Denise:
Exactly.

Tracy:
You won’t be able to wash them.

Denise:
You know what? If you go to your fabric store, craft supply store, you’ll find all the right products.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
And then you don’t have to think about it. So you glue that on. You can cut out a little piece, put it on the waistband. You can even do this on the back underneath as a patch–

Tracy:
Cute.

Denise:
–so it’s poking through. Yeah.

Tracy:
And do you– does it matter the kind of material that you use? That you put on it?

Denise:
No. So–

Tracy:
Like, do you have to worry about shrinkage? Or anything like that?

Denise:
That’s a good question. You do have to worry about shrinkage at first. So the best thing to do is to wash your fabric first.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
Once you’ve washed it, it’s not going to shrink anymore.

Tracy:
Got it.

Denise:
So wash it how you plan on washing and drying your finished jeans, and then you’re good to go; cut it out, glue it on, done.

Tracy:
It’s so easy.

Denise:
So easy.

Tracy:
I love that.

Denise:
Okay.

Tracy:
Okay, so now let’s talk about ironing it.

Denise:
So–

Tracy:
These are cute.

Denise:
The next trend: patches are everywhere. We’ve seen this all over the runways. Super cute. Take a whole bunch of patches–

Tracy:
Yep.

Denise:
–put them on and this can be done with an iron. So I brought a Rowenta iron. It’s a professional-grade iron, but it’s made for the home user.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
And you just pick your little patches. And I’ve brought a little pressing cloth here. This is a special Teflon pressing cloth.

Tracy:
Nice.

Denise:
You can put your patches anywhere you want.

Tracy:
And you need one of these, right?

Denise:
Exactly, just to protect everything and make it go through. I’ll get you to be in charge of that.

Tracy:
So you keep the design up like it needs–

Denise:
Exactly. Just give it– like push it down–

Tracy:
Like really?

Denise:
Exactly, give it some pressure. Look for an iron that has a lot of little steam vents, because that will help to evenly distribute the steam like this one.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
And this Rowenta also has a gauge to automatically choose the right amount of steam based on the iron settings.

Tracy:
That’s a smart iron.

Denise:
You don’t have to think about it.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
Exactly. So let’s see how we did.

Tracy:
Did they stay?

Denise:
Almost.

Tracy:
Not at all. Ha, ha!

Denise:
We’ll have to give it a little bit more time. We’ll do it after.

Tracy:
No problem.

Denise:
So–

Tracy:
Just follow all the steps I just did.

Denise:
Exactly. Okay, so the next one–

Tracy:
So you’re going to iron it.

Denise:
The next one is punch it.

Tracy:
Punch it?

Denise:
I’ll show these ones. These are super cute.

Tracy:
Awwww!

Denise:
Don’t you remember the BeDazzler?

Tracy:
Yes.

Denise:
You can add little rhinestones, embellishments, any type of hardware to your jeans.

Tracy:
That’s adorable.

Denise:
I love this detail over at the cuff. So you can find the right tool and then pick any gem. And I used these coloured ones here. You can also use plain silver ones. You just put your fabric underneath. I’ve already loaded this in.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
You just put it in and punch it down. So a little bit of pressure.

Tracy:
This is like heaven for a tween, but also I see a lot of a– I see a lot of grown-ups that love the BeDazzling.

Denise:
Oh, of course!

Tracy:
They absolutely love it, because this is a great way to do it.

Denise:
I just bought a jean jacket over the weekend. This is what I’m doing later today.

Tracy:
All this stuff is back in again, big time.

Denise:
It is huge. Oh, okay, this is–

Tracy:
Or you can sew! Now, these are actually my favourite pair over there.

Denise:
I love these.

Tracy:
I love what you did with these.

Denise:
So, this one is two different pairs of jeans. And, again, you can pick up jeans at Value Village. You can use jeans–

Tracy:
Yep.

Denise:
–that you already have. You can go to the store and buy them new, or you can spend a lot when you see it on the runway. Or you can do it yourself.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
So this is two pairs of jeans that I have combined. Just cut them off. Do it above the knee; it looks a lot better with a long amount of the second color.

Tracy:
Yeah, you’re probably right.

Denise:
And then, the other thing that I did is that I added this lace detail.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
So, lace is really popular. And then, again, if you want, you can just use the Fray Stop on it to prevent the edges from fraying.

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
And then just put it under the machine.

Tracy:
That Fray Stop; I got to get some of that for all sorts of things.

Denise:
It’s quite handy.

Tracy:
It’s very smart.

Denise:
It actually works on nylons if you have a little run in your nylon.

Tracy:
Oh!

Denise:
Yep. It’s great.

Tracy:
That’s smart.

Denise:
And then it lasts through the washing machine. So let’s see if we can do this backwards. You know, backwards sewing is my new special talent.

Tracy:
Well, I think that you could do it upside-down.

Denise:
While singing.

Tracy:
I mean, you’re like– yeah, while singing and patting your head.

Denise:
So, I’ll take out the pin. And I’ll get you to press that pedal right there.

Tracy:
Oh, there we are.

Denise:
Yeah, that’s what we need to do.

Tracy:
This should be so easy in stilettos.

Denise:
Right.

Tracy:
So, does it matter what the pressure is?

Denise:
Perfect. There you go. So, I’m going to do your little backstitch for you.

Tracy:
Okay.

Denise:
Oops. Where am I going? There we go. Okay, and then I’ll try to pull out the pins! Whoops, don’t run over them!

Tracy:
Oh, dear! Whoops! I got excited. It felt so easy.

Denise:
I’m glad I got you sewing.

Tracy:
Yeah!

Denise:
Okay, so we got a little off course. It’s hard to sew backwards while talking with high heels. But, all you have to do is go down either side of this piece of lace and it’s attached to your pants.

Tracy:
That is so cool.

Denise:
And then the other great thing about these machines is they have a little thing that comes off so when you’re sewing the– the cuff of your leg–

Tracy:
Yeah.

Denise:
–turn it around. Easy to do.

Tracy:
Beautiful.

Denise:
Voilà!

Tracy:
Look at the easy ways that you can DIY your jeans. And then if you are spending a lot of money, you can reinvent them.

Denise:
Exactly.

Tracy:
And if you’re not, then they look as good as new.

Denise:
Exactly.

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