Re-cycling Denim

Simple Updated Jeans


Distressed, revamped, chopped, slashed, patched..

You name it - denim is it - there isn't anything you can't do to denim at the moment. So when challenged with 'what can you do to update 'mom' jeans?' I actually had a very quick idea, that is super simple. 

Create a pin-tuck down the centre front of each leg. Simple yet attractive. I also chopped the hem's off of the jeans to allow them to fray wash by wash...

Simple instructions below and feel free to experiment - coloured threads, lurex thread, stitch width...

Take a pair of 'Mom Jeans'.

Take a pair of 'Mom Jeans'.

Fold the legs in half - side seam to side sea creating a fold down the centre front go the jeans.

Fold the legs in half - side seam to side sea creating a fold down the centre front go the jeans.

Place the folded jean leg under the sewing machine, allowing a small seam allowance go 3mm and sew straight down the fold. 

Place the folded jean leg under the sewing machine, allowing a small seam allowance go 3mm and sew straight down the fold. 


Mindfulness Denim


Being of 'mindfulness' is a current trend... 

Mindfulness colouring for all ages is a relaxing and enjoyable past time. Not only does it allow the creative thoughts to flow, it allows the brain to rest. 

Taking the concept and applying it to clothes is not something new - especially for children. There are many t-shirt and fabric pen combinations. So rather than update a pair of jeans by embroidery which quite frankly I don't have the time or patience for! I thought I'd try permanent markers - Sharpies. 

Wow! - Quick, fun, enjoyable, cost effective (way cheaper than the Gucci jeans I was lusting after!) and allowing a huge amount of 'mindfulness' and brain rest - I am addicted! 

All that is needed is a pack of permanent markers, I found Sharpies to be very effective. They don't bleed into the denim and hold their colour well. In addiction some old jeans and a piece of cardboard to be placed under the fabric you are working on to stop the colouring going through the fabric onto the table or through to the back of the leg for example if your working on the front leg. 


Re-working Denim


Vetements have taken re-cycling denim to the next level.

Highly prised and with great prestige their jeans are stunning but let this not deter you. No. In fact all you need is a sewing machine or a friend with one, even a local dry cleaners, two pairs of jeans and a sharp pair of scissors.

Literally all you need to do is cut both the pairs of jeans in half down the centre front and then by swopping the outside legs over and re-sweing them back together you can make two new pairs of jeans!

N.b - the re made jeans will be smaller so make original jeans are a good two sizes bigger than your actual size.