Embroidery Trend Diy how to update an old pair of jeans
The Embroidery Trend. Have you seen all the pretty embroidered jeans, shirts and skirts in the high street shops at the moment? I am really loving this look, fresh and feminine without being too ‘cute’ and it looks good with anything and everything.
I remembered the embroidery trend that is so hot right now…
Let me explain, I have started the annual chore of organising my wardrobe, I am sure you do this too? With the change of season comes an urge to get rid of the old and dated and freshen up with some new looks for Spring.
I came across a pair of jeans that I considered to be too long, dull and unwearable and was about to get rid of them. Suddenly I remembered the embroidery trend, that is so hot right now. In fact I predict that it will carry on right through into summer and beyond.
Fresh and feminine without being too ‘cute’…
Eureka! I came up with this simple diy to embellish and update a pair of old jeans. After all in this world of mass produced goods I think anything with a genuine handmade touch, stands out as being unique and therefore special dont you? Plus you will be recycling and not adding to a landfill, win win?
You will need:
- A pair of old jeans,
- A piece of pretty fabric or lace,
- Embroidery threads,
- Ruler, scissors, pins needles etc.
- Sewing machine is optional, you could hand sew this entire project
Try on your jeans, then mark with a pin or two, the length where you would like to cut them off when worn as a cropped style.
Lay them on a flat surface to do this and cut off both hems, as shown below…
On the outside seams only, measure how far up you want your insert to be. Matching up both sides, cut up to this point.
Open the seam and pin a pretty piece of fabric or lace inside. Do this for both legs.
Mark a double sewing line, continuing around both hems. Sew around twice, either by hand, or you can use a sewing machine.
Thread up your embroidery silk and handsew using the machine stitches as a guide. I used a running stitch and a simple zigzag stitch! Sew as many times around as you wish, using a variety of rainbow colours. You could even sew on some beads for a little sparkle?
Fray the hems by hand, (they will look even better after a gentle machine wash)
Wear with a pretty ruffled blouse and flat pumps… you are good to go!
Top tip: This is a brilliant idea for kids jeans too, especially girls jeans when they get too short but still fit everywhere else.
So let me know how you get on when you makeover a pair of your old jeans, you can tag me on instagram, on my