Upstyle a Pair of Thrift Store Jeans

Holly Grace
by Holly Grace
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I thrifted a pair of jeans and I couldn’t wait to let my creative juices flow and add a bit of glam to the pair. I absolutely love a good upcycle and this one was so easy and simple to do. This refashion project left me with a pair of totally fabulous jeans and the best part is, it was the easiest project to do. If you want to learn how I transformed a simple pair of jeans into a glam denim closet essential, this tutorial is for you. Follow my step-by-step guide and get started on this incredible upcycle.

Tools and materials:

  • Jeans
  • Lace trim
  • Speed Sew/ Sewing machine
Upcycle thrift store jeans
Cuff the bottom of the jeans

To start this amazing thrift flip, I rolled up the bottom of the jeans. 

Remove the lace
Remove the lace detail

I then used an old swimsuit cover and seam ripped the detailed lace of the sleeves to use for this amazing upcycle.

Mark the jeans
Mark the jeans

I wanted to attach the lace so that it would show at the bottom of my jeans. I placed the lace on the bottoms in the right position and marked on the jeans where I would attach the lace detail. 

Fold in the cuff

I then tucked the top of the cuff inwards so that my marking was at the top of the fold I had made earlier. 

DIY thrift store jeans
Attach the lace

To attach the gorgeous lace to the pair of jeans, I used Speed Sew glue. If you prefer to sew the lace on you can definitely do that! I used a paintbrush to apply the Speed Sew and worked on 1.5/2-inches at a time. After applying glue to each section, I held the lace in place and waited a few minutes for it to set. 

Cut the excess

Once I had glued all the way around the cuff, I cut the excess lace off. I made sure to close the ends by adding a generous amount of Speed Sew. I then repeated the exact same steps for the other leg. I left the Speed Sew to dry for about 3-4 hours and then washed the jeans inside out.

Easy DIY jeans upcycle

This thrift flip is so amazing and easy to do! How would you style these refashioned jeans? Let me know in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:
  • Jeans
  • Lace trim
  • Sewing machine

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