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.

ispydiy_denim_jacket_5 Step Four: Rough up all your cuts by rubbing with sandpaper. Then, wash and dry your jacket twice.

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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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Friends & Family: Jenni Radosevich from I Spy DIY

You may have seen some of our amazing collaborations with DIY superstar Jenni Radosevich including our Embroidered Graphic Tank Top and Neon Gem Sandals. Read on to learn more about one of our favorite blogger contributors, Jenni!

Jenni from I Spy DIY.

Jenni from I Spy DIY.

How did you discover your love of crafting?
I have always been a crafty girl and growing up in Wisconsin I always created my own style: thrifting clothes, making friendship bracelets and covering everything I owned with tie dye and puffy paint (I was not afraid of multiple pops of color). When I moved to New York on a tight budget, I continued to make the trends I was seeing in magazines and on the runway. I got a great response from my coworkers at InStyle, which lead to a story in the mag, then a column, and then a book, I Spy DIY Style and ISpyDIY.com.

The I Spy DIY studio.

The I Spy DIY studio.

What’s next for I Spy DIY?
I am jazzed to be partnering up with Darby Smart to release new DIY kits every other week for the next year! I think its a great way to evolve the DIY tutorial so readers can get the same material I am working with. I am also teaching Craft Classes in I Spy DIY Studio, which I such a cool way to get off the computer and make cool stuff with rad people in real life.

Jenni's Darby Smart Kit.

Jenni’s Darby Smart Kit.

What is the most difficult part of running your own business?
There are a ton of fun things about having a crafty job, but I think the most difficult is the pace of websites and making sure that you are constantly coming up with new projects and inspiration for others. I also think social media has become an untamed beast. People are forgetting to unplug and enjoy life instead of just Instagramming about it.

Jenni's DIY Pineapple Pillow.

Jenni’s DIY Pineapple Pillow.

What is the most rewarding part of I Spy DIY?
I LOVE seeing readers make my projects, it still amazes be that people read about my projects and are inspired to create them. It’s pretty cool. If you make one, make sure to tag me on Insta (@ispydiy), I want to see it!

Jenni modeling her DIY Ribbon Necklace.

Jenni modeling her DIY Ribbon Necklace.

What is your all-time favorite DIY project?
Ohhhh, If I had to pick just one it would be my chain and rhinestone wrapped bracelet. It was one of my first jewelry projects, and it came out when wearing a stack of bracelets was the must thing to do, so it really took off on the internet and put me on the map as a DIYer.

One of Jenni's favorite projects, her Chain and Rhinestone Wrapped Bracelet.

One of Jenni’s favorite projects, her Chain and Rhinestone Wrapped Bracelet.

What’s currently on repeat on your playlist?
I am OBSESSED with Sam Smith. Obsessed. I listen to “Latch” approximately 47 times everyday. It is my instant mood lifter. That man can sing!

Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere! I love Pinterest. I love window shopping for ideas. I am a magazine connoisseur. Once you change your mentality for buying to DIYing, you find inspiration all over the place.

Jenni's DIY bracelets and phone case.

Jenni’s DIY bracelets and phone case.

What is your favorite fit of AEO Jeans?
I have been searching for great pair of Boyfriend jeans and AEO nailed theirs. Great fit and great distressing… stay tuned for an amped up version soon.

Jenni's customized Thick Strap Sandal with our jeans.

Jenni’s customized Thick Strap Sandal with our jeans.

What is your best DIY tip?
Start with a simple project, like a bracelet. Once you experience the excitement of making something, the instant gratification of wearing it, the compliments, and being able to say you did it yourself, you will be hooked.

Once you start crafting, you'll be hooked!

Once you start crafting, you’ll be hooked!

What’s always in your purse and why?
I switch purses so often I am lucky to get out of the house with the essentials! Keys, wallet and iPhone always make the transition from bag to bag, and if it’s a good day, there will be some powder and a pen in the new bag. And lipstick, I also have between 5-7 lipsticks in everybag… but never the color I want. My DIYed phone charger is always handy, and my Frend’s headphones are usually slung over the strap.

Jenni's DIY Phone Cord.

Jenni’s DIY Phone Cord.

What’s next on your life to-do list?
More travel! San Fran, Mexico and Abu Dhabi are all on the list.

Jenni in Mexico on vacation.

Jenni in Mexico on vacation.

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DIY Denim Shorts with Floral Embellishment

Cutoff shorts are the quintessential summer staple for your #AEOStyle. We’ve put together a DIY to change your perfect pair of jeans into your favorite denim cutoffs. Plus, we’ve added a few extra steps to add a pop of color to your new shorties. Check out our easy step-by-step instructions below and channel your inner creative goddess!

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Step 1:
Gather Materials:

  • Denim with a wash of your choice
  • Fabric (we used a scarf) You’ll only need about a half yard.
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Fusible fabric tape
  • Iron

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Step 2:
Measure how long you want your shorts to be. Leave about 4 inches of length for the cuffs then cut.

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Step 3:
Fold about an inch over for the first cuff and secure with fabric tape. For best results, follow the instructions on the fabric tape package.

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Step 4:
Fold the fabric over the tape and measure the width of the leg opening and then cut the fabric accordingly. Then, measure about 4.5 inches of the fabric for the length and cut.

Bonus: Trace the space above the left pocket and cut a piece of fabric to add some extra embellishment!

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Step 5:
Using the fusible fabric tape, secure the cut fabric to the inside of the short, right above the cuff. Fold the short over to form the second cuff, folding the fabric along with it. Place another piece of fabric tape on the inside of the cuff between the denim and fabric and secure. Use the tape to secure the fabric to the pocket.

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Step 6:
Voila, you’re done! Enjoy your new shorts!

Don’t forget to tag your AEO DIY projects on Instagram and Twitter with #AEOStyle for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

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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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