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Personalize Your Jeans With This Denim DIY Project


Anthro Blog posted a cool way to personalize your denim this winter, using either thick thread hand stitching or fabric paint and stencil. We love the idea of adding a personal touch to our favorite baby blues. Check out the whole DIY.

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Of course, if you want this effect without the work, you can send your jeans to use and use our awesome monogramming service!

—DT Staff

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Posted Jan 29 2014 in Denim DIY » Denim Therapy

DIY A Chic Denim Wrapped Bangle


P.S. – I made this… has a new idea for your discarded denim scraps. It’s quick and creative, and ends up looking super chic. Cut your denim into strips—ideally, denim in different washes and colors, and wrap them around a bangle bracelet. Use your chain to wrap around the bracelet and secure the denim in place.

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DIY via P.S. – I made this…

—DT Staff

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Posted Nov 22 2013 in Denim DIY » Denim Therapy

Hey Disco Queens… DIY Sequin Pocket Jeans!


DIY & style blog a pair & a spare has a fun diy project for you to try! After experimenting with sequin patches on the knees and realizing it wasn’t quite right, the author tacked sequins to the back patch pockets and came up with something way cuter: jeans with sequin pockets. Check out the site and give it a go!

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Photos via a pair & a spare.

—DT Staff

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Posted Nov 14 2013 in Denim DIY » Denim Therapy

A Quick, Easy Denim Cut-Out Workshirt DIY


Denim workshirts are the all-purpose instant dash of cool in your closet, and there’s no better time to wear them than fall. But if you’re looking to put a twist on an already awesome classic, try this quick DIY cut-out  project.

Trace out style lines (whether you want to cut out a huge chunk as shown, or smaller slices) in chalk or by thread-basting, on your denim workshirt. Then, get a nice sharp pair of fabric scissors (we love Gingher), and slowly cut along your lines, removing the denim from your workspace.

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…That’s it! How did yours turn out? Let us know on facebook!

Image via A Pair & A Spare.

—DT Staff

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Posted Sep 19 2012 in Denim DIY » Denim Therapy

DIY Denim Studded Collar: The Perfect Fall Accessory


Looking to add a little badass to your look this fall? A simple studded denim collar can zing up an outfit in a snap, whether worn free-floating with a low-neck top or as a faux-collar on a button-up shirt. The best part? You can make it yourself in about 25 minutes.

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Step 1. Find an old denim shirt at your favorite thrift store, or your closet. Be sure the shirt’s collar is thick enough to hold studs without tearing.

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Step 2. Carefully cut the collar away from the shirt as shown.

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Step 3. Gather your studs and small-tipped round nose pliers.

Tip: shop Etsy for deals on studs and embellishments. I used 34 total—your count will depend on the desired look.

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Step 4. Place your first stud on the collar. Use the sames to guide you.

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Step 5. Push the prongs through the back of the fabric. Push fabric down on either side of the prongs using your pliers.

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Step 6. Use your pliers to fold the stud prongs down and curl them into the fabric so they are secure.

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Step 7. Repeat, and fill up your collar with studs!

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Step 8. Wear it out! If you need to wash it, be sure to do so by hand.

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Enjoy, and let us know how it goes on our Facebook page!

—Michelle Christina Larsen

 

 

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Posted Sep 10 2012 in Denim DIY » Denim Therapy

DIY: Deck Out Your Denim Collar With A Brooch!


We’re sure you’ve seen the decorative shirt collar tips that popped up during last season’s craze with all things collar-ly, which added some serious armor to their already pleasing sharp shape, but Eat, Sleep, Denim is amping up the trend in a new way for spring.  They pinned some vintage brooches onto the collar tips of a denim shirt. You can also try pockets, hems, and cuffs! We’re obsessed!

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See more at Eat, Sleep, Denim.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted May 04 2012 in Denim DIY » Denim Therapy

Denim Therapy Tutorial: Removing wax from your jeans


Let’s face it: sometimes we’re not all as graceful as we’d like to be. We slip, trip, and spill and many times, the universe will have these things happen at the most unfortunate times. So, when Denim Therapy‘s Renee found herself in her brand new black Nudie Jeans, hanging at a bar, with a wax spill on her precious pants, she knew she had to figure out how to fix them. Watch as Renee shows us how to get white candle wax out of black denim!

—Sarah Greene & Renee Sykes

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Posted Dec 16 2011 in Denim DIY » Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

Denim DIY: Bleach Your Cut-Off Shorts For Some Cool Summer Style


Feeling creative? We’re going to show you one way to take a boring old pair of shorts and turn them into a super-happening pair of strategically bleached-out cut-offs! If you’re looking for a professional bleach job or dye job done by the pros, Denim Therapy offers incredible bleach/dye services that will turn your jeans into a dream. But if you want to experiment and have some fun, read on and we’ll guide you through one of the many ways you can modify your denim!

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We started out with a pair of bright blue shorts (with a bit of stretch) that hit just below the knee. We decided to give these run-of-the-mill bottoms a new life by turning them into a multi-color, semi-destroyed pair of cut-offs.

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Step 1. Cut them to your preferred length. There are no definite measurements for this—it’s up to you if you want to show a bit of your behind or if you want to be more modest. Always try them on, and then mark them. Remember the fabric will rise up about 1/2″ once cut, depending on the fiber content. Cut them longer if you plan to cuff them up.

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Step 2. Do a bit of destroying. You can always continue after you have finished bleaching them. Use a scissor, razor, or any rough/sharp edge. Separate fibers at the hem and slits you make in the denim (patience is a virtue). You will see an increase in fringe and loose threads after you wash them, so don’t worry if they look too clean cut at the beginning.

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diy blue denim cut off shorts summer bleach jeans

diy blue denim cut off shorts summer bleach jeans

Step 3. Set up a bleaching station. You will need bleach, a bin of water and bleach (our ratio was 2/3 bleach, 1/3 water—but you’ll have to experiment to find your ideal mixture according to your denim’s wash, texture, and fiber content), protective gloves, and a toothbrush.

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Be sure you’re doing this in a well-ventilated area, such as nearby an open window.

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Step 4. Apply bleach with toothbrush. Flick, spray, splatter, and otherwise distribute the bleach how ever you please. We brushed ours downward from the seamline of the waistband, and then flicked some bleach at random on the fabric.

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Step 5. Wait and watch! If the denim isn’t quite bleaching, add more.

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Step 6. Repeat step 5 until you’re happy with your bleach-out! At this point, we added a towel to keep the bleach from hitting the wood base the denim was laying on.

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Step 7. Once the front is dry, you can rinse and dry, or flip them over and do the same thing (quickly, because you don’t want the bleach to sit in the denim too long). By now you’ll have a good idea of how much bleach to use and how long to leave it.

We also added faux-pockets with bleach to our shorts, because the welt pockets weren’t doing it for us.

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Step 8. Rinse thoroughly in hot water (don’t worry if some of the dye runs out of the shorts. It’s probably going to happen—just make sure there are no dishes in your sink). Hang them or lay them to dry somewhere with plenty of ventilation. Once they’re dry, you’re done!

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Step 9. Embellish! If you’re feeling extra creative, grab a patch or some studs, and decorate your shorts!

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In one afternoon, you can have brand new shorts to flaunt. Be sure to take them out this weekend, and make your friend jealous. If they ask where you got ‘em, tell them about your friends at Denim Therapy. *wink wink*

—Michelle Christina Larsen

 

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Posted Jul 13 2011 in Denim DIY » Denim Therapy

We’re Saying “I Do!” To Denim Weddings


So you told us you refused to have a denim tattoo, but what about a denim wedding? We didn’t think this could be done in a charming, non-cheesy way, but someone has successfully pulled off a denim-accented wedding, setting the stage for future denim-loving couples to follow suit. Chambray suit jackets, pocketed-denim frocks, and even a tailored denim bustier can be seen in the mix! Refreshingly classy, non? They paired their denim clothes & accents with an awesome monogrammed wooden walkway for photos. It was an overcast day, so the clouds matched their color scheme perfectly. This is the ultimate denim-lovers’ romance.


Check out the whole (beautiful) set of photos at Once Wed. Photos by Tec Petaja.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted May 31 2011 in Denim DIY » Denim Therapy

Holiday DIY: Denim Gift Wrap


Sprucing up your closet for the holidays? Don’t get rid of those old ill-fitting jeans! The holiday windows at Mavi in Union Square reminded us of one other fabulous way to make use of your denim once its days in your wardrobe are through. We’ve put together a quick step-by-step guide to wrapping your gifts in denim. Scroll through the Mavi windows to see how it’s done. ?

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1. Gather up jeans you’re not wearing anymore, or make a quick trip the Salvation Army and pick up a couple pairs of large jeans with the saturation and wash of your liking. A right blue with red ribbons could be just as stunning as a stone grey with silver and gold holly leaves.
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Tip: If you’re looking for wrapping that’s a bit more uniform-looking, you can order denim by the yard from any variety of fabric stores. Check out Mood Fabrics’ wide selection of denim, and even order online.

2. Cut up the jeans into panels of fabric. If you have a sewing machine, you can create bigger patchwork pieces and even add some decorative top-stitching. Otherwise, it’s best to keep your pieces big enough to wrap all the way around your gift at least once.

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3. Wrap up your gift!
The denim can be held in place simply by circling ribbons or twine around it, or hand-stitching it together with some strong quilting thread. Depending on the severity of your stitching job, you’ll want to hand over a big pair of fabric scissors when it’s time to do the unwrapping.

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4. Get creative! Spray the edges of frayed denim strips to create a beautiful bow. Use glitter glue, studs, or any kind of paint to create a fabulous finish. Use a panel with a pocket and slip your gift card in it. By the time you’re finished you’ll wonder why you ever resorted to boring old wrapping paper in the past.

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Voila! A creative, thoughtful way to give gifts this holiday season that will brighten up anyone’s day. Just make sure the gift itself is awesome… you don’t want the cool wrapping paper to overshadow whatever’s inside.

Post your holiday DIY denim projects on our facebook wall and we could feature yours on the blog! And be sure to stop by Mavi’s Union Square location to check out their windows for yourself.

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Mavi Jeans – 832 Broadway (between 12th & 13th Streets); New York, NY 10003

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Dec 06 2010 in Denim DIY » Denim Therapy
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