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Patched Up Denim with Tie Belt

Patched Up Denim with Tie Belt

Materials Needed:

  • One Pair of Jeans or Denim Skirt
  • 3 Coordinating Fabrics: 1 Yard of 45" wide for Belt and Front Patch, 1/4" Yard of 45" wide for Back Pocket Patch and Front Patch and 5" X 5" Remnant for Front Patch
  • 1/4 Yard of Paper-Backed Fusing Web
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Straight Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Ruler
  • Hand Sewing Needle
  • Tracing Paper
  • Embroidery Floss (optional)

Getting Everything Ready:

A little preparation goes a long way – getting your denim and fabrics ready ahead of time makes everything much easier to work with and you'll get a better result. Take the time to do the following:

Step 1. If you are using a brand-new pair of jeans, wash and dry it ahead of time. This will pre-shrink the denim, rather than it shrinking after you've sewn on all of the embellishments. If you're using a pair of jeans or skirt you've previously worn, you won't have to do this – chances are it's already been through the laundry.

Step 2. Iron your jeans or skirt. It's easier to attach embellishments when everything is smooth and flat.

figureStep 3. Pre-wash and dry the fabrics you are using, to pre-shrink them. Press each fabric smooth with a hot iron.

Making the Tie Belt

Step 1. Lay your fabric horizontally with RIGHT side up, so that it measures 45" from side to side and 36" from top to bottom.

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Step 2. Fold lower left corner up to top cut edge, forming a triangle with the fold at a 45-degree angle. After forming the triangle, you will be left with a strip of fabric measuring 9" from side to side and 36" from top to bottom. Cut this piece off and save for future projects.

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Tip This fold is on true bias grain, so if you have a stripe or plaid, the pattern on the belt will run diagonally.

Step 3. With a ruler and pencil, measure from the fold 2", and draw a line that runs parallel to the fold.

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Step 4. Using a tape measure, measure your waistline. Add approximately 20" to this length, so you have enough fabric to tie the belt in a knot. Using this total measurement, measure along the length of the fold and mark a perpendicular line at each end, forming a long rectangle.

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Step 5. Pin through both layers of fabric along the inside of the pencil lines, and then cut out the belt, cutting along the pencil lines. The pins keep both layers of fabric together, so the layer underneath doesn't shift while you cut. DO NOT remove the pins.

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Step 6. Using a regular machine stitch, sew the two short ends of the belt closed, stitching 1/2" from the cut edges.

Step 6. Fold each square in half diagonally. Cut along the fold, creating two triangles from each square. You will now have four identical triangles of fabric.

Step 7. Starting at one end, stitch the long unfolded edge about halfway, stitching 1/2" from the cut edges. Leave about 2" before stitching the rest of this edge closed, again stitching 1/2" from the cut edge. Trim off the corners as shown.

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Step 9. With a hand sewing needle and matching thread, hand sew the opening closed; use small stitches so that they will be as invisible as possible.

Step 10. Press the belt with a hot iron until it's flat and smooth. Your belt is now ready to be threaded through your belt loops and worn!

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Patching the Back Pocket

Step 1. Lay the jeans on a flat surface, with the back pockets facing you. Lay a piece of tracing paper on top of one pocket so that the pocket is completely covered by the paper.

Step 2. Using the side of your pencil, rub the lead on the tracing paper, along the edge of the pocket. Since the edge of the pocket sticks up from the surface of the jeans forming a ridge, rubbing the lead of the pencil along this ridge will result in an exact-size tracing of the pocket shape. Once you have a clearly-defined pocket shape, take the tracing paper off of the pocket.

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Step 4. Pin the pattern piece to the WRONG side of the fabric. With a ruler and pencil, draw a line all around the pattern that measures 1/2" away from the edge. Cut the shape out, cutting along the pencil line. This will be the back pocket patch.

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Step 5. With the WRONG side of the pocket patch facing you, turn each edge back 1/2". As you fold each edge, press it with a hot iron to hold the crease. The pocket patch now has clean edges that won't fray with wear and tear, and is the same size as the original pocket pattern piece.

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Step 6.Pin the pattern piece to the paper-backed fusing web. Cut the pocket shape out of fusing web, cutting along the edge of the pattern piece.

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Step 7. Place the pocket patch with the WRONG side facing you. Place the fusing web on top of the patch, with the PAPER side facing you. Make sure that all edges are lined up. Following manufacturer's directions, iron the fusing web to the pocket patch. Go over it a few times with the iron to make sure that both are completely fused together.

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Step 9. With the RIGHT side of the fabric facing you, place the pocket patch on the jeans pocket, matching up the edges of the patch with those of the pocket. Iron the patch to the jeans pocket. Go over it as many times as needed to make sure that both are completely fused together.

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Step 10. If you want to, add big decorative stitches all around the pocket with a hand sewing needle and embroidery floss.

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Tip: There are a lot of layers to go through if you are adding the stitches, so be sure to use a sturdy needle. You may also want to keep a pair of needle-nose pliers on hand to help you pull the needle all the way through the fabric layers as you sew. It's a real finger-saver!

Adding Front Decorative Patches

Step 1. Lay the jeans on a flat surface, with the back pockets facing you. Lay a piece of tracing paper on top of one pocket so that the pocket is completely covered by the paper.

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Step 2. Following the manufacturer's directions, iron one square to the WRONG side of one of the fabrics. Go over it a few times with the iron to make sure that both are completely fused together. Cut away the excess fabric, cutting along the edge of the fusing web paper. Repeat with the other fusing web squares and fabrics, so that you have three different paper-backed fabric squares.

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Step 3. Peel the paper off of each fabric square, exposing the glue on the WRONG side of each decorative patch. The fusing web has now turned your patches into easy iron-ons!

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Step 4. With the RIGHT sides of the patches facing you, arrange them on your jeans until you get them positioned the way you want them. Once they look right, iron them to your jeans. Go over them as many times as needed to make sure that they are completely fused together.

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Step 5. If you want to, add big decorative stitches all around the pocket with a hand sewing needle and embroidery floss.

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