How to Make Studded Jeans with I Spy DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY. I’m back with the fifth part of my series of DIY projects all around denim this Back to School season. This project is studded jeans which is one of the coolest trends for fall. Don’t just stop at jeans – you can stud shorts, canvas sneakers, denim jackets and more!

Photo credit: Jessica Kaminski.

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What you need:
Jeans
Flatback studs in four sizes
Tape Measure
E6000
Paint brush

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What to do:

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Step One:  Measure and mark equal distances between where you would like each stud to be placed on your jeans.
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Step Two:  Put glue on the back of each stud with the paint brush, then place on the jeans. Start with the largest gems and work down to the smallest.
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Step Three:  Create pyramids down the seam of your jeans, decreasing the amount of gems as you reach the top.
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Step Four:  Let dry. Hand wash. Done!
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Get Jenni’s look:
Jegging
Canvas Anorak
Double Zip Bootie

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitters pieces? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog! Be sure to tag @ispydiy so I can see your project, too!

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DIY Bleached Chambray Shirt Dress with I Spy DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY. I’m back with the fourth part of my series of DIY projects all around denim this Back to School season. This project is a bleached denim dress, which I did with my favorite chambray dress from AEO but you can use any denim piece as well. Try this technique on jeans, denim shorties or even a chambray shirt!

Photo credit: Jessica Kaminski

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What You’ll Need:
Chambray Shirt Dress
Paintbrush
Bleach
(Yep, that’s it!)

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What to do: 

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Step One: Lay your dress flat.

Step3 Step Two: Dip your brush in the bleach and splatter on the dress, concentrating more towards the bottom.

Step4 Step Three: Let sit for 30 minutes to let the bleach soak in and change the fabric color to white.

Step5 Step Four: Flip and dye the back of dress. Add more bleach until desired look is achieved.

Step6 Step Five: Let your dress sit for a hour, then hand wash. And you’re done!

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Get Jenni’s look:
Chambray Shirt Dress
Varsity Sweatshirt Jacket (similar)
Striped Backpack

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitter’s piece? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our AE.com Style Gallery or on our blog! Be sure to tag @ispydiy so I can see your project too!

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DIY Super Distressed Denim with I SPY DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY. I’m back with the third part of my series of DIY projects all around denim this Back to School season. This project is super distressed denim, which I did with a pair of shorts but you can do with your favorite denim as well.

Photo credit: Jessica Kaminski.

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What you need:
Boyfriend Jean Shorts
Box cutter
Sandpaper
Tweezers

Supplies

What to do: 

Step One: First, slice the front of your shorts in horizontal parallel lines.

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Step Two: Rub your sandpaper over the cuts to loosen the threads.
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Step Three: Pull out the individual blue vertical threads with your tweezer to reveal the white threads. The first one can be difficult, but once you start, it’s super easy!
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Step Four: Next, lightly make a bunch of cuts in one area.
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Step Five: Rub with sandpaper to get a worn-in look.
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Step Six: Finally, cut off the bottom hem and pull strings to loosen.
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Step Seven: Wash your jeans to make them look more distressed. The more you wash, the better they look!
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Get Jenni’s look:
Boyfriend Denim Shorts
Cotton Blazer (similar)
Splatter Striped T-Shirt (similar)

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitters piece? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog! Be sure to tag @ispydiy so I see your project, too!

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Dual Denim Dotted Skirt with I Spy DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY. I’m back with the second part of my series of DIY projects all around denim this Back to School season. This project is a dual denim dotted skirt, I added a more condensed dot pattern on the back of the skirt to take the design to the next level!

Photo credit: Jessica Kaminski.

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What you need:
Black Denim skirt
Bleach gel pen
Q-tip
Ruler

Step1_supplies What to do:
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Step one: Lay your denim skirt flat, then make a line of dots with your bleach pen each an inch apart. Practice on a piece of paper making small dots with the pen.

 

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Step two: Continue dotting rows on your skirt, each row an inch apart.
Step4 Step three: Let sit for 10 minutes.

 

Step5Step four: Using your Q-tips, remove any excess bleach on each dot.

 

Step6Step five: Flip to the reverse side and repeat. Try making the space between the dots smaller on the back, for a new twist on the polka dot trend!

I Spy DIY tip: Be sure to hand wash the denim skirt in cold water before you wear for the first time!

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Get Jenni’s look:
Sky High Denim Skirt
Chambray Shirt
Slip-On Sneaker

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitters pieces? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog! Be sure to tag @ispydiy so I see your project, too!

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DIY Destroyed Denim Jacket with I Spy DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY, back with a series of DIY projects all around denim this Back to School season. My first project? A destroyed denim jacket. I used a men’s denim jacket so guys can even get in on the crafting action with their girlfriends and girls, you can wear it for that “taken from the boys” look.

Photo credit: Jessica Kaminski.

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What you need: 

AEO Denim Jacket
Box cutter
Sandpaper
Tweezers

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Supplies for DIY Destroyed Denim Jacket

What to do:

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ispydiy_denim_jacket_2Step One: Slice the shoulders and top back of your jacket in parallel lines with box cutter.

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Step Two: Cut line in the inner arm of your jacket the with your scissors.

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Step Three: Cut off the bottom hem.

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Step Five: Put out the individual blue vertical threads with your tweezers to revel the white threads. The first one can be difficult but the ones after that come out super easy!

The finished product!

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitters pieces? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog! Be sure to tag @ispydiy so I see your project, too!

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Stitched Tank DIY with I Spy DIY

I have been seeing stitched details all over the place, and think they look so cool, so decided to try my hand at a little embroidery on my  NYC Subway Graphic Tank. If you have been following along, you’ve seen my love for neon is very real, examples herehere and here, so it was an obvious choice when picking colors. It was also cool using an embroidery hoop for the first time, it made the process so much easier and quicker even when free-handing. Read on for the step-by-step tutorial.

We're obsessed with this pop of color Jenni added to our simple black graphic tank!

I’m obsessed with this pop of color added to AEO’s simple black graphic tank!

How cute is Jenni's look with her customized NYC Subway Graphic Tank?

How cute is this AEO look with my customized NYC Subway Graphic Tank? Photo credit: Jessica Kaminski.

Shop Jenni’s look:
NYC Subway Graphic Tank
Muted Camo Jacket
Soft Circle Skirt
Slip-On Sneaker

Supplies for the Customized NYC Subway Graphic Tank.

Supplies for the Customized NYC Subway Graphic Tank.

What you need:
NYC Subway Graphic Tank
Neon Embroidery Thread
Needle
Embroidery Hoop
Scissors

What to do:

Step One: Thread your needle with embroidery thread.

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Step One: Thread your needle with embroidery thread.

Step Two: Thread your needle with embroidery thread.

Step Two: Put your tank in the embroidery hoop,and adjust the fabric so it's pulled tight.

Step Three: Put your tank in the embroidery hoop,and adjust the fabric so it’s pulled tight.

Start stitching, alternating between a simple running stitch and a zigzag stitch.

Step Four: Start stitching, alternating between a simple running stitch and a zigzag stitch. Knot off each line when done stitching.

Step Five: Show off your customized #AEOSTYLE!

Step Five: Show off your customized #AEOSTYLE!

Looking for even more DIY projects for your favorite AEO pieces? Check out my DIY Neon Gem Sandals.

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitters pieces? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog!

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