I’ve been wanting to make these for quite a while, and just haven’t gotten around to it. But recently one of my followers asked how he could make a pair of DIY lace up jeans, so that was all the excuse I needed to put this little tutorial together. I used the hammer in type of eyelets because I already had them on hand, but they also sell eyelet pliers that make the job a whole lot faster.
For modesty reasons, I also added a strip of brown alova fabric on the inside of the jeans to set under the lacings, as I didn’t want my leg showing, but you can always skip that part if you want to be a bit more daring. Alova is a good choice, as it doesn’t fray. Also I chose to make my DIY lace up jeans a bit subtle with the blue and brown combo, but you can go wild and add whatever colors you want to the lacings and the side and under strips.
I used some fake black leather that I found in JoAnn Fabrics for the black strips lining the cuts in the jeans. It doesn’t fray, and its rubbery texture keeps it from tearing out when the grommets are inserted. For the laces, I didn’t want to use real leather (because factory farmed animals are treated so badly), so I cut some thin strips of brown alova to use as laces and mimic the look of leather.
And yes, I will totally be wearing these to the farm market next year, so if you’re local, see if you can spot ’em 😉
A pair of jeans
1 foot of additional denim for the bell insert
4 3-inch wide strips of fake black leather long enough to go up to the pockets of your jeans
4 long laces of your chosen color
2 3-inch wide strips of non-fraying fabric to sew under the lacings (optional)
Sewing machine or needle and thread
DIY Lace Up Jeans video tutorial Copyright © Amber Reifsteck ~ The Woodland Elf
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