You know that feeling you get when your favorite pair of jeans gets a hole in the knee? Never fear! You can still use them by turning them into your new favorite pair of shorts. Why wait? Have a new pair of jeans that you love? You can do this with a new pair of jeans for a unique look that you’ll love even more.
For this project I used:
A pair of old jeans cut to short length
Wax tipped tool or tweezers
4 mm silver round metal trim
12ss Crystal Rhinestones
I began by cutting my jeans above the knee down to short length. Then I traced the back pocket size on a white piece of paper. I cut this out and used this as a pattern to cut the correct size of black lace to cover my pocket.
Using Gem Tac, I applied a line of glue around the edges of the back pocket of my jeans. Laying the black lace on the pocket, I gently pressed down the edges to adhere to the jeans and allowed to dry flat for 24 hours.
Using the pocket pattern, I cut a design out to have a template to use as a guide to glue on my metal trim and rhinestones. I began gluing the metal trim on the out most edges of the pocket following my guide. Although the metal trim is hot fix, I prefer to use Gem Tac to adhere to thick material like denim.
I alternated between the metal trim and rhinestones leaving about ¼ of an inch between embellishments. Place a drop of glue about the same size as your embellishment and pick up either a rhinestone or piece of metal trim using the wax tipped tool. Gently press it into the drop of glue. Continue gluing until your pattern is finished. When finished gluing, allow to dry flat for 24 hours.
The silver metal trim and crystal “pop” on the black lace and turn these shorts into something special!
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I have been adding bling for over 20 years. Through my projects, I hope you find inspiration.