Love Is The Message: Share It With These Pride DIYs

All across the country, people are gearing up for Pride celebrations in June. Whether you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community or a proud ally, there’s no better time to show your support, or in this case, wear it. Pride stands for so many things, but not the least among them is individuality and the freedom to be yourself. In the spirit of standing out and celebrating difference, here are a few fun ways to personalize your Pride-inspired look while also supporting the LGBTQ+ youth across the country. 100% of sales from the 2019 AE Pride Collection will benefit the It Gets Better Project.

 

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Pop On A Patch:

Go for a classic placement or something a little more unexpected.

DIY Pride patches

Get Your Craft On:

Pick the graphic tee that speaks to you and give it a little something extra. Like a belly-baring crop. Or fringe. Maybe both?

DIY frayed tee

Back (Patch) It Up:

Have you SEEN the new Pride back patches? Now you can really show off that rear view.

Pride jacrons

Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize:

Because it’s the little things.

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Whichever way you DIY, share it with #ItGetsBetter @americaneagle to inspire others and show your support!

 

 

GRADUATION DAY YOUR WAY: DIY GRAD CAP IDEAS

First things first, you did it! We’re talking about graduation day which means you can finally cross “high school” off of your To-Do list. All you have left to do is collect your diploma and turn that tassel, and we’ve got a few ideas to help you look your most awesome while doing it. After all, everyone’s going to be wearing the same thing so you’ve got to do something to stand out, right?

Before you bust out the hot glue gun, let’s talk about what’s going on under the gown. Since graduation marks both an end and a beginning, think about repping your new school while you say goodbye to the old one. Vintage-inspired graphics and super soft jersey are two of the best things about Tailgate tees, and together they’re perfect for channeling that effortless, laid-back college vibe you’re going for. Even the most shapeless graduation gown can’t cover up the kind of confidence you get from your favorite pair of jeans, so go for those on the bottom.

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Once you’re feeling good about your outfit, it’s time to give that square cap a little love. Whether you’re going for a ‘gram-worthy DIY that matches your campus color scheme, or you just want to have some fun and break up the sea of squares, here are a few ideas to help you stand out in the commencement crowd:

 

GO FLORAL

A flower crown is always a good idea, and graduation day is no exception.

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  • Use fabric paint to cover the top of your cap

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  • Faux flowers are perfect for crafting – just trim the stems and glue onto whichever corner you like

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  • Once the top flowers are dry, flip your cap over and add more blooms to the front to create a flower crown effect

 

GET SENTIMENTAL

Add a quote that keeps you inspired, or make space to have a few friends sign. Either way, this is one for the memory book.

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  • Use masking tape and fabric paint to color block the top of your cap, make sure at least one side is light enough to write on.

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  • Bring a permanent marker to have your friends scribble their messages before the ceremony

 

BUTTON IT UP

Create any kind of design, or easily spell out your school letters, while adding plenty of color and texture.

  • Start by placing large buttons first and then gluing them down

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  • Fill in the rest of the space with a variety of smaller buttons

 

KEEP IT LIGHT

You’ve worked hard to get here, now have a little fun!

  • Paint the top of your cap in one of your school colors

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  • Rip a page from one of your old notebooks, glue it on, and write your message

 

 

DIY RACING STRIPE JEANS

 

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Athleisure is an easy trend to get behind. Statement-making sneakers, cropped sweatshirts, joggers, ball caps… Pieces that bring comfort, style and attention to detail together. What’s NOT to love? The next time you’re in the mood for a “casual with a twist” kind of look, channel Sporty Spice and make that twist an on-trend, easy DIY that sets your jeans apart from the rest. The best part? You can use a pair of jeans you already have!

Check out our DIY guide below and give it a go yourself.

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STEP ONE : GLUE YOUR RACING STRIPE ALONG THE SEAM

Do this from waist to hem, making sure to leave enough ribbon to fold into the waistband. This goes for the hem, too – you don’t want the cut edge of the ribbon to show!

Tip: Follow the instructions on the glue for drying times, as they can vary by brand!

 

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STEP TWO : STITCH THE TOP TO SECURE

Thread your needle and secure with a knot. Start by stitching at the waistband, going over the initial stitch spot a few times. Then continue down the leg to the hem, stitching every ¼ inch. Do this along both edges of the ribbon.

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STEP THREE : ROCK YOUR NEW JEANS

Tip: The safest way to wash your DIY jeans is to turn them inside-out and use a gentle wash cycle with cold water!

 

Finished DIY Racing Stripe Jeans

 

Did you try it? Share your DIY jeans with us using #AExME or #AEJeans @americaneagle and you could be featured on our Facebook or Instagram feed!

 

 

DIY: Embroidered denim jacket!

We’re all about individual style, and customized denim jackets are an easy (and fun!) way to add a unique element to your look. ESPECIALLY this season – pins, patches and embroidered details are EVERYWHERE. Iron-on patches designed to look like embroidery will make your jacket look like it took hours to create, while actually only taking up a few minutes of your time.

(Pro tip: if you’re not into DIY, you can shop our embroidered jackets herehere and here)

M&J Trimming Patches DIY Embroidered Jacket

To find our iron-on patches, we took a trip to M&J Trimming in NYC. We chose big, bold floral details that complemented our perfectly worn-in denim jackets, but if flowers aren’t your thing, they have tons of other super-cool patches including stars, tigers and tattoo-inspired designs. Keep reading for our DIY tutorial!

DENIM STYLES PERFECT FOR CUSTOMIZATION: Fray Hem Denim Jacket | Denim Vest
Women’s Vintage Hi-Rise Jean | Women’s Jegging | Men’s Skinny | Men’s Slim

M&J Trimming Patches DIY Embroidered Jacket

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Denim jacket (or other denim of choice!)
  • Iron-on patches (we found ours here)
  • Iron
  • Ironing board or iron-safe surface
  • Thin piece of fabric (dish towel, washcloth, etc.)

M&J Trimming Patches DIY Embroidered Jacket

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Heat up the iron on high, no steam.
  2. Plan out your design! Lay your jacket on a flat surface and experiment with patch placement until you find an arrangement you like.
  3. Start ironing the patches on one at a time. Place patch on the desired area and cover with the thin fabric.
  4. Lay the iron over the patch for 30-60 seconds, giving the glue enough time to adhere to the jacket.
  5. Let the patch cool completely before checking to make sure it’s secure.
  6. Repeat for each patch!

M&J Trimming Patches DIY Embroidered Jacket

Will you give this DIY a try? Take a pic of your finished jacket & share it with us using #WeAllCan!

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DIY Ugly Sweater For Last Minute Holiday Parties

Holiday party season is in full swing, and there’s always a chance you might get a last minute invite to one this weekend (or already have one on the calendar!). It seems like every year holiday parties require the best (or worst?) ugly sweater attire, so if you’re scrambling for a quick outfit to wear out this weekend, we can help. All you need are a few quick decorations and tools, most of which you probably already have on hand. Keep reading for our step-by-step guide to making a DIY Ugly Sweater for last minute holiday parties.

What You Need: 

1. Find the perfect sweater. We like our Ahhhmazingly Soft Jegging Sweater (pictured) or the Raglan V-Neck Sweater. Bright colors are best to really make your look stand out!

DIY Ugly Sweater for Holiday Parties

2. Start with some tinsel. Use your hot glue gun or fabric glue to add some fun texture and depth to your sweater. In this case, the crazier it looks, the better!

DIY Ugly Sweater for Holiday Parties

3. Glue on seasonal patches or pins. Grab your DCI Ugly Sweater Kit or pins, or make your own cutout holiday shapes from thick fabric like felt or fleece. Glue the patches over the tinsel for a 3-D effect.

DIY Ugly Sweater for Holiday Parties

4. Add your finishing touches. Take your sweater over-the-top and add finishing touches like mirror balls (you could even use ornaments here) and throw a necklace on top – extra points if your sweater lights up!

DIY Ugly Sweater for Holiday Parties

COMPLETE YOUR LOOK: We like these little extras from our Holiday Party Shop for the ultimate ugly sweater party outfit .

Show us what you’re gifting & wearing this season with #AEOSTYLE on Instagram & Twitter.

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DIY: Distressed T-Shirt and Jeans

Every piece of clothing you wear has a story. It holds memories of that awesome concert you went to or that road trip you took. It reminds you of where you’ve been, and all the cool things you’ve done.

Your favorite piece of clothing not only instills a sense of confidence and comfort, it also projects your individuality. When it comes to your style, you should never have to settle, which is why we’re going to show you how to distress your tees and jeans so you can make them as unique as you are.

Click the images below for tutorials on how to create a distressed tee, cutout tee, or distressed jeans.

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HOW TO MAKE A DISTRESSED T-SHIRT

Distressed tees have that worn-in, laid-back feel. They’re casual, yet edgy. For an understated look create small holes, or go bold with large gashes and bleach. You can get both looks with items you have lying around the house —  a razor, scissors, sandpaper, a cheese grater, cardboard, and bleach.

Each of the methods are simple. Just make sure to put a piece of cardboard inside the t-shirt of your choice before you start distressing to prevent you from cutting through both sides of the tee!

CHEESE GRATER

The cheese grater is harder to control than other tools, but produces holes with interesting frayed edges. To get this look, hold the fabric taut against the cardboard and grate in all directions. This technique is best if you want a random cluster of holes somewhere on your shirt.

SANDPAPER

The sandpaper is great for the seams and collar. Just rub coarse sandpaper (we used 90 grit) back and forth in all directions where you want your shirt to show a little extra wear.

SCISSORS + PUMICE STONE (OPTIONAL)

Scissors are best for creating large holes. Just snip horizontal lines of varying sizes. For an extra worn look, rub a pumice stone or sandpaper along these cuts.

BLEACH

If you want to make the distressed areas of your tee stand out, use bleach (we used 2 parts water, 1 part bleach) to highlight the holes and cuts in the shirt. You can also use it all over the shirt for a grunge look.

RAZOR

The razor is the tool that gives the most variation, and it is easy to control. The razor you use should be new and sharp. You can drag the razor horizontally to create long slices in the tee similar to the scissors, pull it straight down (holding the fabric taut) for a variety of small holes, or place the fabric on a solid edge (like the corner of a book) for a line of straight holes.


HOW TO CUT A T-SHIRT

It’s easy to get bored of a plain tee. If you want to spice it up, cutouts will do the trick. No sewing needed! We’ve created 7 templates to inspire you to revamp your t-shirts. Just print out the one you like, cut out the template, chalk it on your shirt, and cut out the design.

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HOW TO DISTRESS JEANS

There are countless ways to distress jeans­—large holes, small holes, frayed seams, the list goes on. Whatever look you want to achieve, there are five basic steps you should follow when distressing your jeans.

  1. Choose a pair of jeans. Denim with less stretch works best if you’d like to create traditional frayed at the knees look, as threads without elastic are less likely to snap.
  2. Try on the jeans and mark where you want to distress them with chalk.
  3. Determine which distressing techniques (razor, cheese grater, sandpaper, tweezers) you’d like to use.
  4. Start distressing. Place cardboard in the pant legs to avoid distressing both sides of the jeans.
  5. Wash on cold and wear.

Like with creating a distressed t-shirt, you should have all the tools you need at home!

RAZOR

The razor is best for cutting larger holes out of the jeans and fraying the denim at the pockets and seams. You can create a hole by placing the jeans against a hard surface and cutting away material with the razor, giving the edges of the hole a naturally frayed look. To distress at the pockets and seams, run the razor along each surface.

CHEESE GRATER

The cheese grater is most difficult to work with, but provides interesting texture. For best results, use the side of the cheese grater with small holes. There are two ways to use a cheese grater. The first is to grate the material in all directions until a small hole begins to form. Continue grating until the hole is a desired size. This will also thin the fabric around the hole, giving it a unique, distressed look. The second way is to make small, parallel cuts with your scissors and grate over this area. This will create a cleaner look, similar to sandpaper.

SANDPAPER

The sandpaper is simple to use and makes it easy to target a specific area on the jeans. Just wrap it around your finger and rub in all directions until a hole starts to form. We used coarse sandpaper (90 grit).

SCISSORS AND TWEEZERS

This is the most common method to distress jeans, especially if you want to fray them at the knees. See detailed instructions below.