How cool is this? The latest in designer denim from Japan: blue jeans ripped and distressed by the lions, tigers, and bears of Hitachi City’s Kamine Zoo!
The Mineko Club, an organization of zoo supporters, is auctioning three pairs of “the only jeans on Earth designed by dangerous animals” to benefit the zoo and the World Wildlife Fund. To make the pants, chew toys such as tires and rubber balls were wrapped in denim and given to the animals. Then the zookeepers simply “let nature run its course.” After the creatures gnawed on the material, the destroyed fabric was used to make three pairs of first-of-their-kind jeans.
According to Robert Young, a wildlife conservation professor at the University of Salford in Manchester, England, there’s value to the gnawing and clawing for the animals.
“Involving lions and the zoo’s other large carnivores in the activity is part of what’s called environmental enrichment. This is the provision of stimuli to help improve well-being,” Young wrote on The Conversation. Chewing up the denim helps the animals develop team-building skills as well. “It’s a win-win activity for many zoos, who can make alternative profits from their animals, which tend to be used to provide extra facilities for them.”
While it’s good to know that there are positive benefits to involving animals in creating a fashion craze, let’s not forget one thing: Being in nature, not playing with denim in an enclosed space, could provide these wild animals a better experience.
Denim cut offs are the perfect bottoms for Summer, they are really cheap (sometimes not costing you anything, just a little time) and are really on trend. Instead of creating my own YouTube video with a denim shorts DIY, I have selected a few from YouTube which are really helpful and can show you just what to do to get those perfect vintage looking cut off denim shorts.
If you love the idea of the classic Levi’s 501 denim shorts which everyone wears to festivals, you can pick up a pair of old Levi’s jeans at Good Will for around $5 and cut those up to get that look, otherwise you can use a pair of old jeans that you no longer wear and don’t mind giving a new lease of life. I’ve also outlined some tips and included ways to DIY them even more with distressing, studs or dye! Guys, don’t worry! I didn’t leave you out either, I have included a DIY denim cut offs video for men at the bottom of this post and they look great! Happy DIY for Summer! Read More >
I found this really cute video on YouTube of a do it yourself hair accessory featuring denim. If you have an old pair of jeans that you no longer want, or even just some scraps of denim lying around, then you can turn them into sweet bows to wear in your hair. I’m sure this is a younger readers DIY as the bows do look quite cute and girly. They seem really easy to make, all you need is denim, a needle and thread, some scissors and a bobby pin. You can watch the video above to see how they are made with a step by step guide, but in short terms, this is what you do:
You cut a rectangle of denim fabric and over stitch each side so it doesn’t fray. You then fold it in half so both ends meet in the middle and run a stitch down the middle to keep the two ends secure. You then put a forward stitch down the middle as well and pull on the thread so it makes the denim ruched together. Then you take a thin strip of denim to wrap around the middle to hide the stitching and ruched area and secure it with a stitch on the back. The last part is the easiest, you just slide the bobby pin through the back and you are good to go! What do you think of these little hair bows? I think they could be quite fun to make, especially around the holidays in spare time!
I thought it would be great to put together a post which has quite a few ways to distress your jeans. Instead of creating my own long video with many ways, which would be quite time consuming, I have been scouring YouTube for a while to find informative videos which will help you in your DIY distressing. I’ve found many different ways, some including even running over your jeans with a car, however I haven’t included extravagant tutorials like that, I have included simple and easy to do videos below. You can also see my video round up of general denim DIY here.
This video I found the most interesting. I have seen it before and I think I made a post on it a long time ago, however the post wasn’t for this purpose. These jeans are raw and it reminds me a lot of the process I went through with my customizing challenge. Sandpapering the creases are a very good way of making natural and authentic looking fades, as that’s where the jeans naturally fall. Then sanding lightly over the entire jean adds that worn in look and if you sand the belt loops, pockets and zipper fly that also creates a worn in feel. I am not fond of the circle or the bleach spots he created in this video, but the sanding is one of the easiest and cheapest methods you can do to really make your jeans look worn in and distressed. He didn’t create any distressed holes in this video, however you can easily do so by watching some of the others below.