Embellished clothing is back in style, and jeans are at the top of the list. Applying embellishments to plain jeans not only provides
a custom look, but it's also a great money saver.
You Will Need
- Trims of your choice*
- Warm Company Steam-a-Steam 2:1/2inch wide tape
- Iron and Ironing board
- Scissors, white tissue paper, cotton swab*
- Saint Louis Trimming Applique Art (trim and appliqués) was used in the example.
** Set iron at temperature recommended by the manufacturer listed on tape's package.
1. Wash and press jeans. Measure
around one bottom cuff; double the measurement and add 1/2 inch to that measurement. Cut a piece of trim in that length and cut that piece in half. Each piece of trim will be the measurement of a bottom
cuff, plus 1/4 inch.
2. Place Steam a Steam 2 on the wrong side of the trim, along the upper edge. Finger press in place.
3. Remove the release paper. Butt one end of the trim next to the inner leg seam of one cuff; the lower edge of the trim should not
extend beyond the bottom of the cuff. Finger press the trin in place along the cuff of that leg. Fold the second end of the trim back 1/8 inch; cover the folded area with a small (less than 1/4 inch long)
piece of Steam a Steam 2. This piece should not extend beyond the end of the trim. Place the folded end over the leg seam and the unfolded end of the trim. Adjust the length of the trim if
necessary. When adjustments are complete, finger press the trim in place again. Fuse the trim to the cuff. Use the tip of the iron to securely fuse the folded end of the trim.
4. Repeat for second leg
5. Place the appliqués, wrong side up, on a flat surface. Cut pieces of tape in length needed to cover the appliqués; place them,
with the sides touching, on the back of the appliqués. Finger press the pieces of tape in place. Remove the release paper and gently pull away any fusible extending beyond the edges of the appliqués.
6. Position the appliqués on the jeans (the example shows one at the top of the pocket, and the other on a leg.) Finger press in
7. Cover the appliqués with a double thickness of tissue paper. Fuse to the jeans; immediately pick up the tissue paper. If any
fusible is still visible along the outer edges of the appliqués, use a new piece of tissue paper to cover them and use the tip of the iron to press those areas. Any tissue paper remaining on the jeans can be
removed with a wet cotton swab.
This pattern is just one of the many you will find in Krause's The Complete Guide To Glues & Adhesives.