I’m a big fan of Gap and constantly get emails from Gap highlighting new spring trends and new jeans from their 1969 denim line. I saw this pair of striped jeans that I thought were very cool and very easy to DIY myself instead of buying another pair of jeans.
I couldn’t tell if they created the stripe effect from bleaching the jeans or dying them. I had some jean scraps that I did tests on before attempting them on the jeans itself. For some reason bleach would do nothing to the jeans I was attempting the DIY on so I had to turn to fabric paint. Which thinking about it now was probably the easier than trying to bleach it.
I had hemmed my jeans before this to ankle length, but it is your choice to do this DIY on any length jeans. I used fabric paint medium which turns any acrylic paint into fabric paint (it’s awesome and I haven’t had a problem with any of paint washing off of the clothes I put it on), but you are welcome to just buy white fabric paint instead if you don’t want to do the mixing.
White Acrylic Paint – I used this shade of white, but there’s tons of options. Choose whichever makes you happiest.
Cup, Plate or Paint Palette– this is to mix the fabric paint medium and the white paint on. Use whatever is easiest for you.
Foam Brushes– or use a normal brush or some other way to apply the paint with. Again, use whatever is easiest for you.
The directions on the fabric paint bottle is to mix equal parts fabric paint medium and acrylic paint, but I wanted a less opaque white so I mixed two parts fabric paint to one part white paint.
Tape off the stripe pattern desired on the jeans. I suggest using a ruler or measuring tape to make sure the stripes are even on each pant leg.
Once you’ve taped your pattern paint the fabric paint mixture on and don’t forget to do the back side of your jeans. I had to paint a couple layers of white for each stripe and it would look a bit patchy so I would dab the paint on the jeans with a rag to even out the color.
When you’re done with your jeans let them dry before attempting to wear them. I got too excited and put them on before they completely dried and ended up with some white paint on my legs.
The white of each stripe didn’t match each other exactly, but I liked how it was different. If you want your stripes to match more than mine I suggest letting each stripe completely dry before adding a second layer.
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