26 Cool Ways to Customize Denim ...

By Neecey

If you've got some old denim lying around or some clothes looking a bit worse for wear, or just looking for some fun crafts, check out these cool ways to customize denim. I don't know if you've noticed, but there are a number of stores on Etsy selling custom denim garments but some of the prices are a bit offputting. If you're a dab hand with a sewing machine, needle and thread or are willing to have a go, or want to have some fun with paints, dyes and colors, these ways to customize denim will put some ideas in your head.

1 Custom Jeans

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There's obviously some artistic talent on display here but painting is one of the great ways to customize denim. You don't have to be picasso produce a colorful, abstract pattern and don't forget, there are stencils you can consider using too. Find your inner Frida Kahlo or Jackson Pollack.

2 Customized Denim Shorts

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Even just customizing one leg makes these more eyecatching than plain cut offs.

3 Boho Skirt

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Just cut the legs off a pair of jeans and sew on lots of handkerchief points in various fabrics for a dramatic effect.

4 Custom Denim Vest

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Lots of pretty ribbons transforms a plain denim vest.

5 Custom Denim Skirt

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This is actually from Apostolic Clothing but it shows what can be achieved with a contrast panel and a ruffle hem.

6 Minnie Mouse Ribbon Skirt

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Pay $34 or be inspired to copy the design and make your own.

7 Cut-out Denim Shirt

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Just some strategically placed cut outs make a difference. Skilled seamstresses might consider filing the spaces with contrasting materials or colored fine mesh.

8 Upcycled Hippie Patchwork Skirt

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Get your boho on by recycling lots of your old clothes into a patchwork skirt. Make it your own with your signature colors or specially picked edging.

9 Custom Chambray or Denim Shirt

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American? Shout it proud!

10 Denim Skirt

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This is from lovemyskirt.com but it provides great inspiration for your own project.

11 Boho Gypsy Skirt

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Skirts made from jeans don't have to be complicated as this example shows.

12 Diamond Patchwork Long Denim Skirt

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Copy this with bits of denim from any old clothes you no longer want/need/wear.

13 Recycled Denim Skirt

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This shows that you can use the legs of jeans to create the gores of a skirt.

14 Long Denim Skirt

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Slot a brightly colored panel into a pair of unpicked jeans and add a statement motif.

15 Ruffle Back Denim Skirt

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This costs $96 on Etsy but why not try to make it yourself?

16 Upcycled Jean Skirt

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Add some lace for a feminine touch.

17 Patchwork Long Denim Mermaid Skirt

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Another variation on how to use patches of denim to great effect.

18 Distressed Denim Shorts

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This example shows how to customize denim with different techniques on each leg.

19 Denim Pocket

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Sometimes, a little says a lot. Just dress up a pocket!

20 Jeans,Jeans and More Jeans

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This is a fabulous resource that gives you tons of ways to customize the fit of your jeans.

21 Broderie Shorts #1

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What a difference a little insert of broderie anglais can make.

22 Broderie Shorts #2

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This time, the legs are trimmed with broderie anglaise rather than it just being a small insert.

23 Words Jeans!

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If the artistic creation of #1 was out of your league, why not just go for words instead? Subject - whatever you like!

24 Jean Shorts

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If you need some inspiration on how to customize denim shorts, here's where to go!

25 Customize Jeans

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How to do your own bleach job.

26 Denim Jacket

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Yes there is a denim jacket in there somewhere! Boring? not!

I hope you're inspired by these tutorials or suggestions/examples of ways to customize denim and give something a try. What do you do with your old denim items? Customize or throw away?

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