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We all have our favorite pair of jeans. This is made easy by the fact that there are so many varieties: bell-bottoms, skinny, straight leg, dark, medium, or light washes, and more. But we often don’t know the best way to wear and repair our jeans. Luckily, we have five useful hacks that you can start using right now.
Turn Your Jeans Into Skinny Jeans
You can easily make skinny jeans by cutting a new hemline (leaving an inch more for hemming), then turn your jeans inside out. Pin the new seam along both sides of each leg. Taper the seam down the leg so its narrowest point is at the ankle. Sew the new side seams. Finally, press, pin and sew the new hem. Now you have skinny jeans!
Add Floral Embroidery
To add floral embroidery to your jeans, begin by cutting a 14 to 16-inch piece of iron-adhesive paper and a matching piece of embroidered fabric. Preheat your iron to a silk setting. Place the shiny side of the adhesive paper on the back of the embroidered fabric and press the iron until it sticks. Then, carefully cut around the designs. Lay the pieces on your jeans before peeling the adhesive paper backing; use the iron to apply the pieces onto your jeans.
Make Ripped Jeans
Did you know you could make your own ripped jeans? Begin by marking where you want the rips. Cut along the lines with a sharp pair of scissors but only cut the top layer. Use tweezers to pull the vertical threads one by one. Repeat this technique wherever you’d like to have a ripped area. Run the jeans through the washer and dryer to fray the edges even more.
Repair Your Frayed Hems
To easily repair your frayed hems, open the seam and iron flat. Cut out a piece of material to be used as backing for the repair, and place that behind the frayed material. Press a hot iron over the jeans to bond the two materials. Sew both sides of the opening with a zigzag stitch to secure the fraying. Create a new hem just a bit higher than the repair and sew the hem.
Bleach Your Jeans
It’s easier than you think to bleach jeans. First, fill the washing machine with warm water and add one quart of liquid bleach. Add the jeans and allow to soak for about 20 to 40 minutes, depending on how light you want your jeans to be. Drain the washing machine and wash the jeans in a regular cycle with mild detergent and a large cup of fabric softener. Allow the jeans to dry completely on a flat surface.