DIY Colored Skinny Jeans

I feel like a fashion designer!! Not quite, but seriously
This DIY project was one of my favorites I have ever
done not only because it was cheap & easy,
but because I got a sweet pair of pants out of it!

Ummm  yes. These were blue jeans I have had for years in my closet
& I was never going to wear them ever again due to
them being a little a little baggy & not great looking denim anymore.
I have been the same size since high school so you can imagine
the amounts of old jeans I have in my closet.

I put this picture on instagram {lizmariegalvan} a few weeks ago when I
made them.. I’m a little obsessed with them!

So here is the rundown on how I made them…
I bleached the jeans in a five gallon bucket for about an hour.
The mixture in the bucket was about 3 gallons of water with
about 3 cups of bleach {your jeans may need a different ratio,
I recommend experimenting with your jeans} & of course
You can die white pants, shorts, capris, exd as well
in that case you can skip this whole step all together.

I stirred the jeans occasionaly to make sure all parts were being
bleached equally. After they were all bleached white I threw them
in the washer & washed them with my DIY laundry soap {here}.
I then took the damp jeans after they were washed & put them
back in the 5 gallon bucket in the mixture of dye & water.

I used Petal Pink from Rit which you can find at Michaels,
Walmart, & many other stores in the laundry aisle.
The ratio I used for the dye was 2/3 of the bottle of dye to
about 4 gallons of water. You can also dye your jeans in
the washer as well. All the instructions for dying both ways are on
the box of dye itself if you have any questions.

 After the first time of me dying I had a few spots that were lighter on
my pants so I ended up throwing them in my washer with the rest
of the dye that I had left {Follow the directions on the bottle} &
they came out perfect!

So there you have it! My first pair of DIY colored pants!
A pair like this at Target sells for about twenty five dollars.
The dye I used cost me just under $3!!
These were so simple to make that I can’t wait to transform
all of my other discarded jeans & shorts!
A big thank you to my friend Rachael of Rach Lea
for taking some quick pics of my new sweet pants!

Have you dyed clothes before?
I would love to hear about your adventures
& what you dyed!
Share it on the facebook page {here} or in the
comments below!

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  1. I love these pants, Liz.
    I should do it!
    Regards from Spain…

    • Thank you so much Leti :) & yes you should!!! It was so easy & fun… If you end up making some link up your pants on the facebook page, I would love to see them!

  2. Yes!!! I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time but I just couldn’t figure out how to start. Thank you!!!

  3. Oh my heck, those are AWESOME!!! You never cease to amaze me, woman! I am so doing this. :) I love how the thread on the jeans stayed dark, it contrasts perfectly with the pink! L.O.V.E. them!

    • Why thank you lady!!! & yes that was one of the best parts!! The thread didn’t bleach at all which is crazy & perfect.. I love it too :) Please do this to all of your old pants.. you will love it!

  4. This is great, thanks so much for sharing! Coloured jeans are exxy, so much cheaper to make them! I’m definitely going to try this! xo Beck

  5. This is SUCH a fantastic idea! I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Love how this turned out! I’m bleaching my jeans. Now just for the bleached look, not gonna dye them. You gave me the idea, so thank you!

  7. I love it. I have a pair I have been dying to dye yellow. Just want sure how to go about it yet. And I love your belt. Where did you find that? I have an owl ring that matches the buckle.

  8. Love the color transformation! How did dyeing them help with the fact that they are baggy though? Or did you just choose to embrace that?

    • I just chose to embrace that fact.. There is something about baggy denim that I don’t like on myself.. but them being pink or colored.. doesn’t bother me.. good point!!

  9. ahhhh my mom used to do this for me when I was younger! We had rit dye gahlooooore in the house at all times! I might need to follow suit and play with an old pair of skinnies! Love it chickadee!

    • Thanks so much love!! & that is so awesome that your momma used to do that for you!!! What a great momma & so innovative :) Can’t wait to see yours!!!

  10. Wow that’s amazing!! They look wonderful!! :) xo Holly

  11. aw these turned out so great. I’d love to dye a pair of shorts! thanks for the idea :)

  12. Oh wow, those jeans look great! I so want to try this! :)

  13. if I had been the same size since highschool,50 years ago,(GOOD GRIEF)I would be proud to show skinny jeans .You are so cute .

    • hahaha I know that will not be the fact for me.. but that would be pretty cool if I stayed the same size!! The time flies doesn’t it???

  14. These are super cute! And a great idea! I also have a ton of jeans, I actually just got rid of a bunch.. but now I know what to do with them!

    Although, skinny jeans are not my bag.. haha but they look awesome on you!!

    • Yes. I love my skinny jeans, it’s really all I wear. But they would be cute on any pants.. no more getting rid of yours ;) Now you get to make them pretty!

  15. I’m doing this with jean shorts, I used a 5 gallon bucket and loke 1/2 gallon on bleach and they stayed in there almost an hour and they only look a little lighter … Did you notice them getting seriously bleached? I did stir them a bit!

    • Yes, after an hour they were very white.. I think different jeans bleach faster.. I would add more bleach to your water mix & stir them around. I hope that works for you!

  16. Haha I meant to write NOW inspired, clearly I am very excited that I am not checking what I am even typing. Sorry!!

  17. I tried bleaching my jeans and it did not work at all. Is there anything you can suggest that I do. I followed what you said you did and tried to follow but something went wrong I think. Any suggestions?

  18. What a great transformation! I love colored skinny jeans (I have coral ones). So cute.

  19. I’ll be going to the thrift store, rack up on some jeans and then some dye. Cannot wait to try this for myself and my 15 year old daughter. We’ll have a rainbow collection of jeans when i’m done. Lol!
    Thank you!

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