I have been wanting to do an ombre/dip dye denim DIY for quite some time now. I bought the fabric dye a couple of weeks ago and finally had some time to do it on Sunday. It took much longer than I expected, mainly due to the waiting times, but I didn’t even notice the time going by I was having that much fun.
I put a video together (which you can see above) of the entire process I went through and you can see the finished result below. I’m actually really happy with how these shorts came out. This was my first time actually doing the ombre technique and it went much better than I expected. I had been going through the process in my head for a while and thinking about what exactly I needed to do, and I don’t think it could have gone any better. I also show a sweater/jumper in the video which I did in the process and I love how that turned out too!
It does say to use gloves while handling the dye, but I don’t like how rubber gloves feel on my skin, so I never used them. I would recommend that you do though because the tips of my fingers are still partially stained blue right now and I can’t get it off, ha ha. I would also recommend wearing an apron or really old clothing in case you spill some dye on yourself. Luckily I didn’t get any on my clothes as I was really careful.
The dye packet also recommends that you wash the items after you have finished dying them, but I haven’t done that to mine yet. I think I am going to give them a much bigger rinse under water to be absolutely sure that there is no dye leaking before washing them. Otherwise it’s likely it will fade up into the white areas and I don’t want that to happen. So what do you think of my finished DIY ombre dip dye shorts? Have you done it yet?
Denim DIY is a great way to save loads of money on the latest denim trends as well as making your pieces completely unique and personal. I try to do DIY as much as I can, when I have the time, because I always have creative ideas and designs that I would love to implement on my denim.
I thought it might be fun to put together my top 5 YouTube videos for denim DIY! These are all top rated and highly viewed videos that I found when scanning YouTube today for DIY ideas to share with you all. There are 6 different types of DIY here, bleaching/ombre, making denim shorts, studding, lace inserts, aztec inserts and waxing. There are lots of videos all over YouTube showcasing these styles in many ways, but I thought it made more sense to include different videos rather than a few of the same. So click this post to watch some tutorials and get creative!
DIY Bleached Distressed Denim Shorts
You might want to skip this video to about a minute in as it’s quite long and the tutorial doesn’t start until about 2 minutes, but it’s a really great video. It shows you how to make denim shorts, fray the hems, make distressed holes and bleach/dye your shorts as well. It’s really helpful and full of great advice! I loved this video once the DIY started!
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A cute little shop almost hidden in the busy streets of Downtown Los Angeles, resides Den.m Bar. A custom denim shop where you can get fitted and customize your own pair of jeans made to order right in the heart of Los Angeles. The space is simplistic with white walls, sewing machines and seamstresses right in the store, fabric rolls of quality denim, hanging patterns, and accessories for you to pick from to make your jeans truly unique. An overall pleasant place to be. I was invited to come check it out and get fitted for my own pair of denim (which I could not be more excited about) and I couldn’t wait to share my experience with all you denim fanatics.
(Photo via Nasty Gal)
Do you have those pair of denim shorts/pants lying around that you don’t wear anymore or are out of style? Well here’s a little DIY for you to get those jeans back in the “obsessed” pile. Ripped jean shorts are all the rage and you shouldn’t have to spend the big bucks to get them, they’re a piece of cake to do yourself at home for free. So grab those old pair of lame jeans and follow along with me on these few easy steps to transform them into something awesome.
*I started out with a pair of jean shorts I picked up from Goodwill that have barely been worn, so I had to work at them a little to get the “broken in” look. If your jeans are already broken in, work at them accordingly.
What you need:
-A nice pair of scissors, ideally fabric scissors.
-Exacto knife (scissors will be fine if you do no have one of these).
-Sand paper, cheese grater, file etc. (I used the sand paper and file myself).
-An old pair of jeans or a pair you don’t mind cutting up.
Step one: Cut them
If you have denim pants you are using for this DIY, cut them to the length that you want (try the jeans on and measure the length you want for the best results). If you are using shorts do the same thing and if they are already at a good length, trim the hem so you can get the “worn” look.
Step 2: Make Tears
I prefer using an exacto knife because its easier to manage and makes small slits, but feel free to use a scissors for this. I referenced a pair of jean shorts with holes that I bought a while ago so I could see where to put my slits. You can reference photos online if you don’t have any pairs at home.
Step 3: Wear it down
For this step, the sand paper and file worked the best for me, but feel free to use anything that’s rough and will wear the denim down. I’ve heard of people using cheese graters so you can try that out as well. I went around to all the edges of the jeans (pockets, waist band, belt loops, yoke, zipper cover etc) and sanded them down so they looked worn in.
I also took the exacto knife and cut into some of the edges to further the effect. You can also sand the front of the jeans where there aren’t any edges or holes so that they are more soft and broken in. After you sand all the edges, start sanding all the slits you made and also the hem line. You can take apart some of the weave with your hands to make it fray more.
Step 4: Wash them
Washing the jeans creates more fray at the edges and breaks them in a little bit. Whether your jeans are already worn in or not, I would still throw them in the washer.
…and that’s it! You’ve got a great pair of ripped jean shorts for the summer. Feel free to add on some more DIY’s like studs and fabric. Enjoy!