DIY Embroidered and Beaded Jeans

Bonjour mes amies! Did I know how to embroider before this project? Nope. Did I know how to bead before this project? Double nope! With some hard work, Pinterest, and some trial and error, my jeans went from bore to bomb! You can do it too!

I’ve always been a fan of customized clothing. From beaded vans to painted jean jackets, there are tons of ways to decorate. Wearing customized clothing has a way of making me feel super inspired and fashionable. However, I am not willing to pay designer prices. Especially, when we’ve all got the skills to do it ourselves.

Pro tip: This project can be super environmentally if you reuse an old pair of jeans. If you don’t have an old pair to recycle, this is the perfect excuse to go thrifting with friends.

Planning like a true fashion designer

☆How to Customize Jeans Like a Pro☆

  1. Get your supplies
  • Jeans
  • Sewing Thread
  • Needle
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Beads
  • Scissors

Note: Although, I’ve laid out the supplies you need, feel free to improvise with what you’ve got! Have fun playing with buttons, patches, and funky fabrics.

Before the customizing…

2. Embroidering the Pocket

Making sure to only sew through the top layer of cloth, I used red and pink thread to create a cute outline.

To create this look: Use your first color thread to create little dashes through the fabric. Create larger empty spaces in between stitches so that you can go back in with your second color.

3. Beading Your Jean

Adding beads to your jeans is super easy! I beaded my cuffs, my pockets, and belt loops.

To create this look: Use blue string (to match the color of your jeans) to thread beads onto your jean. Weave the needle in and out of fabric adding a bead on the side facing out.

4. Beading Your Rips

To create this look:

  1. Thread white string through your needle. Next, fold the thread into two to create a double layered thread and tie a knot at the bottom
  2. Thread your string through the top layer of jean. Tie a knot around your first bead to prevent the rest of your beads from sliding. Next, continue your pattern then tie a knot around your last bead to secure your beads in place.
  3. Continue to thread beads across the rips. Make sure to leave extra slack on the threads so that the rips are not too tight on the knee.
  4. Finally, thread your string through the top layer of jean and tie a knot on the other side to secure your beads in place.

5. Embroidering Words

To create this look: There are plenty of ways to embroider letters, but this method is super easy and looks great. First, use a simple stitch to draw the word that you desire. Next, use your string to weave through the first stitch(see the photo below).

I hope that this post was inspiring and informative! Feel free to ask me questions or to share your own ideas in the comments!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you soon (with a post from my trip to South Africa next week)!

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