No matter the season, there’s nothing better than the perfect pair of jeans. With fall not far off, I’m looking forward to crisp weather, oversized sweaters, and destroyed denim. But if your closet looks anything like mine, there are about a dozen “perfect pairs” lurking — unworn — within.
If you have some old jeans lying around, give them new life for the new season by adding a patch of lace or a panel of leather with a quick and easy DIY. After about ten minutes of work, you’ll have a brand “new” pair that you’ll actually want to wear.
Lace Patched Jeans
Old ripped jeans (you can also use this tutorial)
Needle & thread
Turn the jeans inside-out and lay them on a flat surface. Decide where you’ll be adding the patches.
Cut the lace to the size and shape of the hole you’ll be patching. If needed, use pins to hold the patch in place.
Use the needle and thread to sew the patch onto the inside of your jeans. Repeat to cover any additional holes. Wear and enjoy! If your lace is especially delicate, it’s best to wash these jeans on the delicate cycle or hand wash.
Leather Panel Denim
Leather scraps (I used a thrift store skirt)
Needle & thread
Decide where you’ll be adding the leather panels and cut them to fit. If you’re using jeans with stretch, be sure to cut the leather slightly larger.
Put the jeans on, and lay the leather patches over where you’ll be sewing them. Pin into place and carefully remove the jeans.
Using the needle and thread, sew the leather panels onto your jeans. The leather will look loose on the unworn denim, but will stretch to fit once worn. If it buckles, fabric glue can be used to smooth any bumps in the seam.
Do you have tips for revitalizing a pair of jeans? Let us know in the comments!