From Isabel Marant to Michael Kors, designers have been taking on the patchwork trend without any hesitation. Just do a quick Google search and you’ll see what I mean! Personally, I love this look because of the artsy, grungy vibe it gives off. Plus, if you’re using denim scraps, the finished piece will match with practically anything you own! This tutorial shows you how to take random denim remnants and add a trendy spin to a pair of jeans — zero sewing required.
– Denim scraps (different shades of denim)
– Fabric scissors
– Fusible webbing tape
1. Using fabric scissors, cut the denim scraps into rectangles and squares. Don’t be afraid to vary the size and width of each one. The more varied, the better!
2. Determine the placement of each remnant before adhering to the jeans.
3. Cut a few strips of fusible webbing tape, enough to cover the span of the first remnant. I used no more than 3 strips for each remnant, laying them either horizontally or vertically.
4. Lay the webbing tape in between the jeans and the denim scrap. On an ironing board, firmly apply an iron, moving around to evenly disperse the heat. If you’re unfamiliar with fusible webbing tape, double check the instructions on the packaging.
5. Repeat with the remaining scraps.
6. Repeat on the opposite leg. Try switching up the placement of the scraps; I focused more on the upper leg on the second side.
The denim scraps will naturally fray, giving the jeans a roughed up, edgy look. If there are stubborn corners that continue to stick up, use a small piece of webbing tape to hold it down. If the mix n’ match denim isn’t your thing, try combining patterned prints for a pair of jeans with just as much style.
Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez