DIY Miniature – Denim Jeans

Hi guys It’s Cath Today I’m going to show you how to makethese miniature denim jeans.

They’re super cute and would look greatin a miniature clothing store or on some dolls.

Let’s get started.

The first thing we need is a pattern so Igrab some graph paper and draw a 5” by 1.

5” rectangle.

Then I make 2 horizontal guidelines.

The first one is 1.

75” from the bottom andthe second line is 1.

75” above the first one Half an inch from the top left corner, drawa line that connects to the left side of the top guideline.

Mark half an inch on the lower guideline anddraw a line to connect it.

Then draw a vertical line straight down tothe bottom of the rectangle.

Add curves on the first two angled lines fora more defined pattern.

Cut this shape out.

It’s the front of the pants.

Then flip this cutout over on its back andtrace it.

This will be the pattern for the back of the pants.

The back needs to be a bit bigger so add 1/4”to the top right corner and connect it to the top left.

Then elongate the curved lines about 1/8”.

Line these 2 patterns up with the straightsides facing each other and tape it.

This will be your main pattern Then you need your denim.

I use the bottoms of some pants I hemmed butyou can also purchase fabric like chambray Flip the denim with the wrong side facingup so you won’t see the markings when the piece is finished.

Place the pattern on top of the fabric andtrace it.

I use a pen to get crisp line.

Flip the pattern over and trace another shape.

These 2 shapes should be mirror images ofeach other.

Draw a straight line down the center of eachone.

Then cut these shapes out.

Here’s a sneak peak at what these pantswill look like.

I’ll use black thread here so you can seeit better on camera, but I’d recommend blue, white or tan for a more realistic look.

Sew a line straight down the middle of eachpiece.

I like to sew 2 rows for more detail but that’snot necessary.

Fold the denim on these lines.

Before sewing these pant legs up, let’sadd the pocket details.

Use a pencil to outline some front pocketsand use a pen to darken it up.

Cut that piece out.

Then cut out a small piece of denim and placeit behind the cutout.

Stitch around the pocket to keep the fabricin place.

For the other leg, I first cut a 1/4” squareof denim and use fabric glue to glue it onto another piece of denim.

This is for the tiny pocket no one knows the actual use of.

Position that behind the pocket cutout andstitch it in place.

We also need some back pockets.

Within a half inch square, draw this shape.

Cut it out and trace it on some denim.

Cut two of these for the two back pockets.

How adorable are these? Because denim tends to fray a bit, I add somefabric glue along all the edges.

When that’s dry, place the pocket on theback side of the pants.

You can glue these on or sew them on.

Then simply fold over the bottom edge andhem it.

Then fold your pant leg in half inside out and sew itup to the crotch.

Do this for both pant legs.

This will be how we’ll sew the two legstogether.

Make sure the flaps are pushed outward andthen join them together.

Once both sides are sewn up, you can flipit inside out.

It’s a bit tough to do but go slow so youdon’t pop the seams.

All flipped! Now that you’ve seen how the main piecesare put together, I don’t need to use black thread anymore.

Here’s what the jeans look look like sewnwith white thread.

See how much cleaner it looks? For additional detail, I cut a small stripof denim and glue it to the center front for the zipper flap.

Let’s make some belt loops next.

First cut several super thin strips of denim.

Make sure to add fabric glue to the edgesif the denim frays.

I add a dot of glue to the waist and gluea strip downward.

Do this all around the waist with 5 loopsin total.

For the actual waistband, fold over a stripdenim and iron it down.

Mark a 1/4” thick strip and cut it out.

I’m using my rotary cutter to make thatjob super easy.

Then you can just glue the waistband ontothe jeans.

Fold the belt loops over the waistband andglue it to the inside.

Snip off the excess fabric.

Look how cute those little loops are.

It’s finally time for the finishing touches.

For a more obvious look of stitches, I’musing acrylic paint in the color yellow oxide.

With a super thin brush, I paint two thinlines over all the loops.

Add lines over all the edges around the pockets.

Also add lines down the sides of the legs.

I like to reference a picture of a real pairof jeans to get my stitches in just the right places.

For a realistic look, denim jeans definitelyneed some fading.

For that, I take some white acrylic paintand dry brush it on the parts of the jeans that typically crease.

Use the tiniest amount of paint just to addsome highlighting.

Don’t forget the back.

A lot of the fading will be on the butt.

Add some thin white lines for the back of the knees.

That’s a major improvement.

You've made it all the way here so here's a bonus tutorial.

I’ll also show you how to makea simple leather belt for your jeans.

Take some thin craft foam of any color.

Cut a thin 1/4” strip for the belt itself and a super thin strip for the belt loop Then color both sides with dark brown acrylicpaint.

The paint soaks into the foam so you’llneed a few layers.

Once that’s dry, lightly go over the darkbrown with a lighter reddish brown.

Cut one end to a point and cover the raw edgeswith paint.

Next, use a pushpin to make a few holes tothat end.

Make sure to push the pin all the way through.

Now let’s make the buckle.

I use 24 gauge beading wire because it’svery easy to work with.

Bend the wire into a tiny rectangle just bigenough for the belt to go through.

Then loop it onto the rectangular end and fold the belt over.

Glue the belt down and stick another pieceof wire right through the center of the buckle.

Cut off any excess wire.

Lastly, take that thin strip we made at thebeginning and loop it around the belt.

Cut off the excess and glue it down.

Now you can just put the belt on just likeyou would a real belt.

This extra accessory is so easy and a must.

If you like a more casual distressed look, sand the denim with a file until you get holes.

I also made a pair with a lot more detailto mimic a pair from real life.

The techniques I used were exactly the same.

Make some replicas of your favorite pair.

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I’ll see you next time.