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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

DIY Fierce Denim Jackets


You, too, can have your own Balmain/Lady Gaga-inspired denim jacket.  We asked DIY Queen Michelle Elaine, co-founder of FVNCY, to give us some step-by-steps on how to refashion our tired old denim jackets into fierce creations.  Michelle Elaine (aka M.E.) also has an unhealthy obsession — and might I say fetish — for sequins, so we get some double DIY action here via a shredded jacket with peekaboo sequins.

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1., 4., & 6. BALMAIN RTW Spring/Summer 2011 – via Vogue.
2. & 3. PLAY ME High Waist Sequin Short – buy it at REVOLVE Clothing.
5. Lada Gaga studded jacket as seen on her music video, “Telephone” – via Nitrolicious.

Follow M.E.’s simple step-by-step instructions and see where you can apply your own individual do-it-yourself look! Click below for more.

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Posted Nov 24 2010 in Denim DIY » Denim Fashion » How to Wear It

Denim Ties & DIY: Ruby T.


Ruby T., one of Lookbook.nu‘s sassy young style leaders, posted an entry for the Sebastian X LB “Re-shape your hair” contest that just happened to debut a fabulous few ways to accessorize with denim. The entry may not have intended to showcase denim specifically, but this seamline jeans tie, headband, and arm wrap get the DIY gears going for a plethora of other possibilities. Belts, bracelets, and earrings anyone?

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Check out the entry here and follow Ruby T. on Lookbook.nu here.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Nov 24 2010 in Denim DIY » Denim Fashion

Red Light, Green Light, GO!


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Are you sick of your old blue jeans? If so, maybe it’s time to brighten them up; How does any or all shades of red sound to you?

Let’s experiment (all natural ingredients that can be found in your backyard possibly or perhaps in your kitchen pantry)-

- Red leaves will give a reddish brown color

- Sumac (fruit) (light red)

- Dandelion (root)

- Beets (deep red)

- Crab Apple - (bark) – red/yellow

- Rose (hips)

- Chokecherries

- Madder

- Hibiscus Flowers (dried)

- Kool-aid

- Canadian Hemlock – (bark) reddish brown

- Japanese Yew - (heartwood) – brown dye

- Wild ripe Blackberries

- Brazilwood

- St. John’s Wort – (whole plant) soaked in alcohol – red

Getting the Fabric ready for the Dye Bath
You will have to soak the fabric in a color fixative before the dye process. This will make the color set in the fabric.

Color Fixatives
Salt Fixative (for berry dyes) 1/2 cup salt to 8 cups cold water
Plant Fixatives (for plant dyes) 4 parts cold water to 1 part vinegar
Add fabric to the fixative and simmer for an hour. Rinse the material and squeeze out excess. Rinse in cool water until water runs clear.

To Make the Dye Solution
Chop plant material into small pieces and place in a pot. Double the amount of water to plant material. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about an hour. Strain, Now you can add your fabric to be dyed. For a stronger shade, allow material to soak in the dye overnight.

Dye Bath
Place wet fabric in dye bath. Simmer together until desired color is obtained. The color of the fabric will be lighter when its dry. Also note that all dyed fabric should be laundered in cold water and separately.

Then again if you are not the creative type ( because things are always easier said than done) or just don’t like getting DIRTTYYYY, it might be a better idea to have Denim Therapy take care of the messy work… Check out their latest and greatest new service!

Voila, a new love affair has begun.

– Jackie Racer

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Posted Oct 20 2010 in Denim DIY » Denim Therapy

DIY: Jean Shorts


 

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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could make a wish to the Jean Genie for a pair of this seasons trendy cut-off jeans?  Hell, I’d ask for every premium jean from here to Tokyo!  Since that isn’t going to happen, here’s a way to breath new life into your old jeans.  Copy the look that so many celebrities (Lindsay Lohan and Ashley Tisdale to name a few) are rocking.  Show off those sexy gams of yours and sharpen those scissors of yours.

 

D.I.Y. instructions to create your own Jean Shorts

(Source – Life & Style):

Tools needed: Tape measure, pen, scissors.

Step 1: Mark the length on the midthigh, adding an extra 1/2 inch for fraying.

Step 2: Cut straight across the legs with sharp scissors

Step 3: Machine-wash and dry to encourage frayed edges.  the more jeans are washed, the more the fabric will unravel.

Tip: To get the best length, lay a favorite pair of shorts on top of the jeans and match up the crotch seams. Cut along the hemline.

 

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PRPS Ladies cut-off denim short in Splatterpop, $349 (as seen on Lindsay Lohan)

Buy It!

Siwy Camilla cut-off shorts in Superstition wash, $168 (as seen on Ashley Tisdale), $168

Buy It!

America Eagle Destroyed denim cut-off short shorts, $34.50

Buy It!

 

–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jul 13 2009 in Denim DIY » Denim Therapy
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