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Ever wanted something unique but not over the top?

Try this jean modification!

It shows just the right amount of skin, adds color to a boring pair of jeans, and makes you stand out.  And is nice and breezy on a lovely summer day.

I've had a pair of jeans with the green... "garter hole thingy" in it for years, and this instructable will go through how to make one with pink ribbon.  You can try what ever color you like.  If you make the ribbons black, they kinda look like a garter.  Or you can make the "hole" thing rainbow colored and sew buttons and draw pretty pictures on the rest of the jeans.  It's up to you!
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Step 1: Materials needed

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-A pair of jeans
     Try using an older pair if it's your first time in case you mess up.  Also, people will notice if you wear these for consecutive days, so you might not want to use your best pair of jeans.

-Length of fabric ribbon
     For doing one leg, measure around the leg twice and add a little for leeway.  (I got 1.25 yards for my pink pair).  I get my ribbon at Walmart, but you can get it at some at any craft of fabric store.  Make sure the ribbon has a double edge and is meant to be sewed onto the edge of fabric, such as quilt edges.

-Some regular ribbon
     Get some regular ribbon to connect the leg of the pants.  This should probably match the color of your other ribbon.

     Using big sewing scissors is best to cut through jeans.

-Sewing chalk or pencil
     this is to outline where on the jeans you are going to cut.

-Sewing machine
     This makes for sewing the edging onto the jeans much easier and looks neater.  But you can do it by hand.  With a lot of patience that is.

-Colored tread
     To match your ribbon.

     To hold the ribbons in place.

-Tape Measure
OlwenKelly6 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous! Really simple and easy to do. Can't wait to get started!

kingmii4 years ago
These are so cute i would so do this if i were a girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
hifuqua kingmii2 years ago
You could make a few simple changes to make it suitable for guys, too. Instead of lace maybe a strip of faux leather wide enough to accommodate grommets. Then link the two pieces together with decorative chain.
Same here! Awesomeness! But I'm not a girl... :( Wellllllll, you could make this anyhow, just make sure you don't wear then in some of those really redneck southern states...Noice 'Ible though! :D
I could. I do love the pink lace.there are so many great instructables for woman's clothes.
Too bad we aren't woman though...
Yea =(
ChildofLore4 years ago
OK, that looks awesome.
SiderAnne4 years ago
This is a great 'ible! I've been looking for something for my steampunk costume that was a little more covering than the short skirts but not as hobbling as the long skirts. Black jeans and some red and black lace/ribbon make for a great vampire hunter!
sunhea (author)  SiderAnne4 years ago
Ooh that would be really cute, I love steampunk!
Nice job i love it . one thing though you could do it to both legs and attach the ribbon with a buttton sewn on the inside to make the legs removeable to convert to shorts. great idea for my wife.
geckits4 years ago
I know my girlfriend would love wearing this! And I can certainly say I wouldn't mind seeing her in it either ;)
PSPerson4 years ago
you could make a killing on store shelves....
lovebirdy4 years ago
Wow that is so cool. Very sexy indeed
deofthedead4 years ago
Quite nice! I've got a pair of retired work jeans that I love, but have holes wearing along the insides because of how much I walk around... I think this would be a great way to rescue them, and make them super cute to wear outside of work! Yay!
tesla944 years ago
That's super cute! The only things that would worry me is the strength of the ribbon, and the tan line it would leave behind. I love the pink one though - and I'm definitely going to try it. Great job!
sunhea (author)  tesla944 years ago
I've had the green one for years and the ribbon has never broken on me. It's pretty sturdy.
JohnJY4 years ago
Nice job, very sexy.
chndt20084 years ago