You Can Make Your Own Jeans More Fun with Embellishments

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DIY Painted Jeans

You Can Make Your Own Jeans More Fun with Embellishments

Do you love taking an item and making it a little more interesting? If so then grab a pair of jeans and join me for a little DIY fun! And if you aren’t a fan of making more work for yourself, then I found some jeans that are already decorated for you below!


This idea came from a reader who has created these jeans for herself and me. Let me introduce you to Jude!

Jude grew up in a small northern Minnesota town on the shores of Lake Superior. She attended college in central Minnesota earning a BS in Social Science. She loved teaching social studies in middle school in suburban St. Paul for 39 years. Her teaching focus was U.S. Civics to 8th graders—what a saint!! And then 5 years ago she retired. She and her husband, Jay, recently celebrated their 41st anniversary.  They have raised six English Springer Spaniels over the years. As for her DIY abilities, she claims to have always been a crafter and amateur artist and she finds the work very meditative.

DIY Painted Jeans

She’s the fabulous creative mind behind my silver sneakers that I’ve been wearing a ton this summer (see the post here).

Well she has a tons of ideas for DIYing your own clothing. It’s along the lines of what I feel like I’m always saying—let’s stand out and be unique & fabulous! Well, she was reading Suzanne’s post about Paint Splattered Jeans and decided to try out her own version (she created a pair for herself and me—isn’t she the nicest?)

So we thought we’d put together this post in case you’d like to join in the embellishment movement. It’s pretty easy and guarantees that no one else will have a pair of jeans like you do! The two jeans pictured at the top were done by Jude recently. The tan jeans are the ones she created for me. The blue jeans she painted with her kimono in mind—isn’t it so wonderful how the colors of the characters, mirror the kimono?

Steps for Embellishing Jeans

1-First get a pair of jeans—do you have a pair that are yawn—boring? You could use those. Or head to the thrift shop for a pair that doesn’t break the bank. Both pair that Jude used in the top pictures were found at Walmart and they were under $10. Do you have a pair of light colored jeans that have a couple stains on them? This would be an ideal way to cover the stains!

2-Now for the paint color. You’ll want a color that enhances the jeans. If they are a lighter pair of jeans, then you might consider a darker paint. If they are a dark pair of jeans, then some of the lighter paints will show up better. Jude used acrylic paint for this project. I was able to wash them in my machine & even dried them in the dryer (Making sure you turn them inside out).

3-Picking out the stencil is next. The options are quite endless depending where you are shopping. If you love butterflies than here’s one to consider or if you prefer flowers, there are tons with that motif. The stencils that Jude used on my jeans represent love, peace, energy and eternity.

4-Now the actual fun! Use a piece of cardboard on the inside of the jeans so the paint doesn’t absorb all the way through. Jude used cardboard that had press & seal attached so it wouldn’t move on her. You’ll have to hold the stencil securely so it doesn’t move while you’re painting it. For the example above, you’d want to make sure it’s positioned so half of the design is on each side.

5-Use a stenciling technique to put the paint on the jeans by dabbing it with a small amount of paint on a stencil brush. It’s never a bad idea to practice the stenciling on a rag for a couple times first. Then you get the idea of how much paint to put on the brush and how many times you need to dab it on! You can stencil this design down the entire length of the seam or just in the corner of the pocket —again, making it your own is half the fun!

6-For Jude’s masterpieces, she even sewed on by hand beads in between the stencils!

Other Examples

Now the above embellished jeans are not the only ones that Jude has ever created. Below is a picture of a pair that she sewed a decorative trim onto many years back. She put this trim right over the existing seam by hand instead of opening the seams.

DIY Painted Jeans

And then there’s another pair where Jude hand sewed the long strand of pearls at the seams of a pair of jeans!!


This may remind you of the 1960’s & 70’s fashions, but isn’t that what we all say? Every style comes back around? So whether you like the idea of DIY or not, you can still have some fabulous embellished jeans.

The Facts

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What this means is that when you click on a linked item, I receive a couple of cents. Those couple of cents can certainly add up! So I appreciate it if you keep clicking to help support Jodie’s Touch of Style!

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In case you like the idea, but don’t want to make your own I found a couple pairs of jeans with embroidery or paint!

  • Kathleen McDermott

    This is such a fun post. Jude does beautiful work. Those barely $10 Walmart jeans look very expensive and I would love to own either of them. Love her other pairs too. I have many pairs of jeans and plan to try my hand at this. The options are really endless, but I do have a set of fabric paints that I picked up on clearance at TJM – think I’ll try something with them. Love your booties, Jude’s shoes and her kimono (finally got one when I found a pretty one on sale at Nordstrom online).

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kathleen!!
      I love the idea of doing something like this, but I have a feeling it will never happen. At least while I have this blog, ha ha!! But I can’t tell you how much I’ve worn these—they’ve been so perfect!!

      • Kathleen McDermott

        I have a few small iron on patches from the dollar store. I may start off with a “cheat” embellishment using one of them. I could always add some stencils or dots or spatter in matching or coordinating colors.

        • Jodie Filogomo

          That’s a great idea, Kathleen!!

  • Carol Sandroff

    Does anyone know where the black peek toe shoes can be purchased?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hi Carol! Jude said she’s had these shoes forever, but I found a couple pair that are similar: or or The first pair are Fly London’s brand which is why they are expensive. But my bookclub friend says they are the best for lots of walking!!
      If you want me to find more for you, just let me know the specifics and I’ll be happy to search!!

  • Keri Roberts

    Love this idea!! The embellished jeans look so great!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Keri! It definitely makes them unique!!

  • Kreativk Net

    Such a nice idea to make jeans look more interesting and maybe giving an older pair of pants new life! Very unique and fun!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Katrin—it is super fun to make things unique!!

  • Jude (and Jodie) what a fun idea! Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Audrey!!

  • The embellished jeans turned out GREAT! I’m not very crafty AT ALL, but I may give it a try with an old pair of jeans to see how it’ll turn out!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I don’t consider myself extremely crafty (besides knitting) either Andrea! I’m more of a copier person (not come up with the idea person)—but with the right directions, I think most of us can do anything!
      If you embellish a pair—I’d love to see them!!

  • PetiteOver40

    Super super SUPER cute, Jodie and Jude!!! Although I do not have the patience to create such treasures–and also because my hands have decided to get cranky when I do intricate work with them–I deeply admire those with such talent and passion, especially when they turn out looking this good.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s definitely not for everyone—but it is amazing how a little paint, can make something so unique!!

  • This is amazing! Great job!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Michele!!

  • Queen of Rods

    Great tutorial. The attention to detail will be helpful to avoid first-timer mistakes 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Janet! Of course, if you make a mistake, you just make it part of the design, right?

      • Queen of Rods

        Good Answer! *claps enthusiastically*

  • dan

    Glad to get acquainted with June! Her embellished jeans are very nice and perfect on her. A great idea to have something special for autumn. I don’the often wear jeans but … I could try with a pair of simple, slim fit trousers …

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Since I haven’t done this myself, I don’t know all the ins & outs! I think it would work on most materials, but you might research it first—or try it on the inside hem beforehand!!

  • That is perfect idea. You can do anything you want. Thank you for linking up with the My Red Carpet.

    Anna xoxo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Anna!!

  • WHat fun! I wish I was talented enough to decorate my own jeans. Luckily you linked some great options for me to check out

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You could certainly do it Michelle—it’s really not hard with the right tools!!
      But it is easier to buy some already done!!

  • sue

    Oh that is a great idea Jodie and even I think I could do it! Love all the examples so I might pull out an old pair to try first. BTW I love your new email to advise of new posts. Have a great week and!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I have to give all the credit to Jude—she is quite the DIYer!!
      Thanks for noticing the email change—I’m glad you like it!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    These are all fun ideas. Now if only I could retire and do some of this fun stuff. Ha, ha. Thanks for sharing, Jodie! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I so know what you mean—-I must waste a lot of time during my days—doing what, I have no idea?? Ha ha!!
      But at least you know you’ll never be bored!!

  • Oh! I might have to give this a try! Savers just announced that they are having 40% off all denim on Wednesday.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a perfect excuse to go shopping!!!

  • I think this is a fun idea! I love the direction embellished denim has been taking with patchwork, lace appliques, and paint. Have you seen the new denim options from Melissa McCarthy? She has several paint splatter styles for fall, and one even has cherry blossoms painted on the hip and leg. They’re $150 though. I have a lot of jeans right now – more than I wear, and this might be a fun project to liven up a less worn pair. That way I can play with all the pastel colors I want, especially since no retailer seems to love pastels as much as I do. Why sit around waiting for the perfect jeans to come to me when I can give it a go myself? Thanks for the inspiration and introduction to creative soul Jude!
    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Man…you’ve hit the nail on the head Liz—why wait for the perfect pair when you can create them yourself??
      I was giggling at some of the patchwork jeans I saw—it seems the perfect evolution for DIY people especially with their distressed jeans!
      Judy deserves all the credit for this brainstorm—thank golly for creative minds!!

  • I think these look fabulous fun to wear AND make!

    Personally, I need to be doing something when watching a film or TV so sewing ribbon/edging down the side of a boring pair of jeans is my next “to do”.
    Brilliant idea!

    Judy is a great blog supporter and (as I have mentioned to her) should be blogging herself!
    Even just an occasional DIY post would be enough to get people interested…and share the fun of making “stuff” as well as blogging.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s exactly why I knit Samantha—it keeps my hands busy!!
      I suggested the exact same thing to Judy—but I can understand her not wanting to start her own at times—it is more work than you realize!!

      I can’t wait to see the pair you create!!

  • Lorena Lorena

    Very cute, I never thought of this !
    I love the one with the pearls, very chic.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t it a great idea? Thanks so much for reading!!

  • How fun! Yes, embellished everything is back big time.

    This turned out amazing and you are right, the best thing about it is, no one else will have the same as you.

    PS…thanks for the shout-out!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well, thanks to you for this idea Suzanne!!
      And as you always say—let’s be individuals!!
      Happy Monday!!

  • I am loving all the fun trends in denim lately! your embellishment is so cool.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy!!

  • Looks like a fun way to pass an afternoon.

    Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo


  • linda

    I don’t think I would ever do this…takes too much patience which I don’t have! But, I’ll bet budget wise, a lot of money can be saved. I’m sure you all could do it!
    Love your blog

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally get that Linda—many DIY projects are fun to imagine, but it all depends on your personality!!
      Thanks for nice compliment—I really appreciate it!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Interesting idea.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Bernadette—it’s all Jude!!