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ShopMucho owner makes embroidered denim by diying patches to mimic TopShop jeans

 Here's a little DIY I did over the weekend. I was inspired to mimic some embroidered denim that I saw on one of the many blogs I follow, Elements of Ellis. I'm obviously a huge fan of embroidery and when I saw those jeans I really wanted them for myself. But, when I saw the price I thought that maybe just maybe I could do it myself and share with you guys. I'm happy to announce that it was really easy. The best part is I could customize them myself and add as much or little to them as I liked. 

ShopMucho owner makes embroidered denim by diying patches to mimic TopShop jeans

Supplies:

  • Jeans- I happened to have this pair from ASOS that I didn't really wear much. They were almost on the way out until I did this DIY :) 
  • (4) Embroidered iron on patches from Amazon- You can do what I did or get creative and get any kind of fun patches to put on your jeans. The options are really endless.
  • Iron
  • Fabric glue- Also from Amazon 

My goal was to get my jeans to look as close to the TopShop version as I could get so I kept looking at their pictures for reference. (Note, the TopShop pair is on sale now)

Turn your iron on the dry and cotton setting. No steam! I laid out my jeans on one side and started placing the patches on them just to see how I wanted them to look. Once I got an idea of what I wanted I just went for it! I ironed on the large patch on the bottom first since I knew I wanted to use the whole piece for that area. I ironed in sections keeping the iron in the same spot for about 10 seconds before moving on to the next section. The glue on these patches really fused to the denim. Once I finished that patch I moved on to the hip area where I decided to lay the patch in a different direction which meant I had to cut the patch because I didn't want all of it to go on the back pocket.

So, I kind of winged it from there trimming and piecing the patch until I had it the way I wanted and ironing it in place. I repeated the process on the other side changing it up a bit so that it was not completely symmetrical. There were some parts of the patch that didn't stick as well as others. I went back with a toothpick and little dabs of the fabric glue to get the points that were coming up.

ShopMucho owner makes embroidered denim by diying patches to mimic TopShop jeansShopMucho owner makes embroidered denim by diying patches to mimic TopShop jeansShopMucho owner makes embroidered denim by diying patches to mimic TopShop jeansShopMucho owner makes embroidered denim by diying patches to mimic TopShop jeansShopMucho owner makes embroidered denim by diying patches to mimic TopShop jeans

This was a super easy and quick DIY. It maybe took me all of 20 minutes! With that said, when I put the jeans on to get pictures of them some of the points on patch came up in the places where I bend. I plan to reinforce those points with a needle and black thread just to keep them flat since I know I will be wearing these jeans a lot when the weather cools down!

In this look: Top-ShopMucho, Bralette-Amazon, Bottoms- ASOS, Sunnies- ASOS, Choker-ShopMucho, Bag-ShopMucho, Heels-Modcloth

 

Fun Fact...

Today is my birthday! I'm 34, shhhhhhh don't tell. Actually I'm pretty ok with my age. I thought it might be neat to share a little bit about myself, since I'm the owner of this shop and I mostly write the blog posts...

    • My favorite food is refried beans. Soft pretzels and cheese is a close runner up. Oh and french fries or any kind of potato really!
    • I love all the colors but my all time favorite has always been purple!
    • I'm a total DIYer when it comes to saving a buck and being creative. Plus it feels good to do it yourself. Ya know!?
    • I LOVE fashion blogs. I have a bookmark on my browser with about 30 of my favorites and I try to look at ALL of them at least once a week :)
    • I'm a major introvert but still pretty good with people when I need to be.
    • I'm the middle child which means both my older sister, Gina, and younger brother, Gabriel, like to pick on me and they get all of the attention. They are my BFFs and I love them so much.
    • I can roll my tongue into 3 loops. Yup, you read that right. I can count to 3 with my tongue.
    • I have a major sweet tooth! I pretty much need to eat something sweet after every meal.
    • I graduated from Memphis College of Arts with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Digital Media, and after all that I really do not identify myself as a fine arts artist, if that makes sense?
    • I'm a leftie. Well I'm ambidextrous, I guess. I only write, eat, and sew with my left hand. I do everything else right handed like throw a ball, cut with scissors, use a knife, or mouse on a computer. I grew up the only left handed person in the family which left me using their scissors or gloves for sports. So I'm a bat left, throw right kind of gal. 

That's me in a nutshell. We are going to this cool place in the neighborhood called Railgarten to play a game of ping pong and perhaps have a cocktail and dinner. After that we will go home and OPEN PRESENTS!



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