How To Create A DIY Pom Pom Hat With I SPY DIY

At AEO, we love a good DIY. Taking what we make and creating it into your own #AEOSTYLE is a motto we love to stand by. That’s why we brought in our DIY expert Jenni R. from I SPY DIY to create a super fun Pom Pom using our Chunky Cable Knit Beanie to wear all winter long. Check out Jenni’s easy step-by-step instructions below and start getting creative! Plus, check out her other DIY projects for AEO on our blog.


What You’ll Need:
AEO Chunky Cable Knit Beanie
Safety Pin


To make the pom poms: 

  1. Wrap yarn around your fingers
  2. Next, take the yarn off your hand and tie another piece around the middle of the yarn, tie in a knot
  3. Then, cut the loops
  4. Trim uneven ends
  5. Next, use a safety pin to attach the pom pom to the top of you hat.

And you’re done!


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How To Create A DIY Patch-Covered Outerwear Jacket

Temperatures are dropping but that doesn’t mean you have to lower your #AEOSTYLE standards too! Erik from MOG Blog put together a super easy step-by-step guide on how to create your very own patch covered outerwear using our Aviator Jacket. Get to know Erik and the inspiration behind his work below.

What Inspired Erik’s Look: “I chose to wear the jacket with a really simple outfit underneath. Because it’s is one-of-a-kind, I wanted it to be the star player of this look. A simple black hoodie, tee shirt and jeans, contrasted with a great pair of suede boots. Add any signature jewelry you typically wear (for me, it’s this vintage gold bracelet) and you’ve got a look that’s uniquely you – and that’s the best part!”


Step 1: Go hunting for patches, pins, buttons and anything else you’d like to adorn your jacket with. I found these at a cool vintage store in my neighborhood, though there’s plenty of great resources online. Check out Etsy as well!



Step 2 – Gather your materials, including a needle and thread, some scissors, and Fabri-tac (or similar fabric glue.)

DIY Patchwork Aviator Jacket American eagle outfitters

Step 3 – Lay out your design, and when you’re satisfied, attach the patches either by sewing or gluing with Fabri-tac. Be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle before washing or wearing. I’m sewing mine, because I would be letting myself down after my years as a costume designer in grad school, if I had decided to glue. Lol.

DIY Patchwork jacket American eagle

Step 4 – Last, but not least – attach your pins and buttons and get stylin’!”

DIY Patch Work Jacket American Eagle

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DIY Painted Pumpkins

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and we can’t wait to see all the spooky surprises this year has in store. One of our favorite ways to prep for the holiday is by decorating pumpkins. Since October 26 is National Pumpkin Day, we ‘re kicking off Halloween week with a tutorial to show you just how easy it is to design and paint your own stenciled pumpkins. The end result looks like it took endless hours, but DIY Painted Pumpkins are actually easy and fun to create. Read on to see how you can personalize your fall décor today!

What You’ll Need: 

  • Pumpkins (as many as you’d like – we used three)
  • Permanent maker (fine-tipped works best)
  • Masking tape
  • Stencil of your design
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Palette or paper plate
  • Fine-tipped paintbrushes


DIY Painted Pumpkins

Step 1: Gather all of your supplies. You can create your own stencil or buy one pre-made! We drew our Eagle design on thin cardboard and cut out the center.

DIY Painted Pumpkins

Step 2: Tape the stencil to the pumpkin with masking tape. Make sure it’s secure!

DIY Painted Pumpkins

Step 3: Using a fine-tipped permanent marker, draw around the stencil to outline your design on the pumpkin.

DIY Painted Pumpkins

Step 4: Take off the stencil and begin filling in your design with paint. You can use a palette or a paper plate to hold the paint.We kept it minimalistic using black paint only, but you could use multiple colors if you’d like. Be sure to go slowly so that you stay inside the stenciled design.

DIY Painted Pumpkins

Step 5: Let it dry! In the meantime, continue with your other pumpkins.

DIY Painted Pumpkins

Happy National Pumpkin Day from AEO! How will you decorate your pumpkins this year? Tell us in the comments below, and show us your creations using #AEOSTYLE.

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How To Make Studded Denim With I SPY DIY

Hello! It’s Jenni R., from I SPY DIY. For my fourth installment with AEO, I wanted to add metallic flair to AEO Sateen X Jeggings. Follow my easy step-by-step below to create eye catching #AEOSTYLE that you can call your very own! Want to add studs to more than just jeans? Check out how to make a studded band for your hat here.

How to create studded denim with I SPY DIY.

What you need:
AEO Sateen X Jegging
Gem Tac

How to create studded denim with I SPY DIY

What you do:
Step 1:
Cuff the AEO Sateen X Jeggings from American Eagle to your desired length.

How to create metallic denim with I SPY DIY

Step 2: Arrange the studs on your cuffs into a pattern that you like.

How to create metallic denim with I SPY DIY

Step 3: Next, glue on the gems and let dry before you wear embellished jeggings that are  perfect for fall!

How to create metallic denim with I SPY DIY

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How To Make Patchwork Pocket Denim With I SPY DIY

Jenni R. from I SPY DIY here. For my next installment, I took a pair of classic denim and added a pop of color to create patchwork pocket shorts. You can choose any fabric that suits your #AEOSTYLE to create a pair that’s unique to you! Check out my easy step-by-step guide below.

DIY Patchwork Denim Shorts

What you need:
AEO Denim X Kick Boot Jean

Hem tape
Fabric Glue

DIY Patchwork Denim Shorts

What you do:
Step 1:
Turn your AEO Denim X Kick Boot Jean into shorts by cutting a straight line across both legs.

DIY Patchwork Denim Shorts

Step 2: Choose a piece of fabric that is large enough to cover the back pockets of the jeans. Lay the fabric flat on the jeans and trace the shape of the pockets onto the fabric.

Step 3: Create another outline of the pocket that is 1/2” wider than the initial one on all sides. Cut around this outer line.

DIY Patchwork Denim Shorts Step 4: Apply hem tape to the inside of your guidelines and fold the excess 1/2” of fabric over the tape. Press down to secure. Do this around the entire perimeter of your fabric until you create something that resembles the shape of your pocket.

DIY Patchwork Denim Short

Step 5: Adhere the fabric to the pocket using using fabric glue and let dry. Be careful not to glue the opening of the pocket shut.

DIY Patchwork Denim Short

Step 6: Repeat these steps again to create another fabric pocket and a unique pair of jean shorts!

DIY Patchwork Denim Short

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How to Make Southwestern-Inspired Print Jeans with I Spy DIY

Hi there, it’s Jenni with I SPY DIY back again for my next installment with American Eagle Outfitters. This week, I created a Southwerstern-inspired look with AEO Denim that you could wear all season long. Check out my easy step-by-step guide below to add a pop of color to your already fabulous jeans.

DIY How to create southwestern jeans

What you need:
AEO Denim X Jegging
Iron-on fabric

DIY How to create southwestern-inspired jeans
What you do:
Step 1:
Decide on the design that you would like to transfer onto your AEO Denim X Jeggings.


Step 2: Cut the pieces of your design out of the iron-on fabric and place the pieces flat on the outer seam of the jeggings.

DIY how to create southwestern inspired jeans

Step 3: Set the iron to the ‘cotton/linen’ setting and being ironing the cutouts onto the jeggings. Make sure that the shiny side of the iron-on fabric is facing upward.

DIY How to style southwestern inspired jeans

Step 4: Remove the film from the iron-on fabric and repeat your design up the seam of the pants until you’ve created a unique pair of jeggings!

DIY how to style southwestern inspired jeans


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