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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

Give the Gift of Therapy!


This year, give the gift of rebirth to your friends & family’s favorite pair of jeans. Whether your indie rocker cousin’s denim is torn and shredded from years of wear or your pregnant sister-in-law wants her favorite denim modified so she can wear it all 9 months, we’ve got you covered. We can fix hardware, adjust hems, and even provide a brand new look with our dyeing technology.

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Give the gift of denim therapy! Click here to purchase a gift card. And don’t forget to check out our holiday gift guide, here.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Dec 05 2010 in Denim Buys » Denim Therapy » Gift Guides

Gifts for Denim Lovers


There’s  just under a month left to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, but if your loved ones are as crazy about denim as you are, you need look no further! We know what you’re thinking—it’s hard enough to find the perfect fit of jeans for yourself, so how could you buy them for someone else? But we’re one step ahead, with a less time-consuming alternative. After all, jeans are only one element of the wonderful world of denim…

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1. For the DIY divas in your life (or anyone who can’t afford to drop lots of cash every time something trendy and fabulous hits the denim market), try this book! It’s the gift that’ll keep on giving until they can’t hold their scissors anymore. 99 Ways to Cut, Sew & Deck Out Your Denim, by Justina Blakeney, Ellen Schultz, and Faith Blakeney ($17) – buy it at Amazon.

2. A good gift isn’t just aesthetically pleasing these days, as you probably know from perusing other gift guides full of tech gadgets and time management tools. But we’re sure your efficient gift recipient will love this stylish, functional belt. It comes equipped loops for holding anything from eyebrow pencils to screwdrivers. See by Chlo? Pocket-detail denim belt ($150) – buy it at The Outnet.

3. A sense of humor is crucial when you can only afford a $1.00 gift, but as long as you make people laugh, no one’s going to blame you! This charming little pin will look great on bags, coats, or  guitar straps So hey, why not? Bean Forest “TAKE OFF YOUR PANTS” Pin ($1) – buy it at Bean Forest.

4. With the rise of Etsy.com and the DIY revolution, beautiful hand-made gifts are more accessible and affordable than ever. We found this classy shoulder bag and wish we could get one for everyone in the office! Hand-made Strapped Shoulder Bag in black denim ($75) – buy it at Definition of Self.

5. For the biker babe or rocker dude on your list, something a bit more bad-ass to make their season bright. These fingerless gloves are half leather, half distressed denim, and it’ll ensure no one thinks twice about messing around at the crazy, intoxicated New Year’s Eve bash. Maison Fabre Denim/Leather Fingerless Mittens ($133) – buy it at Saks Fifth Avenue.

6. No, that price is not a typo, and this gift is truly reserved for the most gung-ho of denim fanatics… or anyone looking to be schooled thoroughly on the entire industry from A to Z. If they want to know it all, this is the closest thing to denim university. The Denim Bible Jeans Encyclopedia II, by Sportswear International ($1,546) – buy it at Amazon.

7. A cute, versatile denim hat to cap off a perfect winter outfit (and keep someone’s head warm). The neutral gray color allows for mixing with any outwear they already have, and the very nice price will keep you as jolly as a Christmas elf. Calvin Klein Martial Cap ($25) – buy it at Calvin Klein.

8. An accessory to wrap around the neck, tie up like a turban, or employ in apartment decor, this Diesel scarf has a vintage charm with contemporary edge. They come in several other colors and designs. DIESEL 2-KRAFS Scarf & Tie ($ 60) – buy it at DIESEL.

9. If you prefer to be remembered fondly during the post-holiday couch potato TV marathon your best friend annually partakes in, perhaps something more suited to lounging is in order. American Denim Square Denim Pillow ($24) – buy it at Specialty Linens.

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Need more ideas? Try the please-everyone Denim Therapy Gift Card, a D.I.Y. version of any of these gift ideas above, or the super-cool MS&Co denim sleeves we featured earlier this week. Have your own ideas? Drop by our facebook page and let us know! Happy gift-giving!

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Dec 03 2010 in Denim Buys » Gift Guides
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