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Release your inner rocker chick on a recessionista budget!
DIY that retro punky look with black dye on white jeans.

If you try them, be warned. It's gonna be hard to resist getting some hot new boots to go with them. Shopping here I come!

Posted by edie d. from New York, New York, United States • Published See edie d.'s 41 projects »
  • How to make jeans. Retro Rocker Jeans - Step 1
    Step 1

    Scrunch up your prewashed jeans, starting from the bottom of the leg all the way to the waist.

  • How to make jeans. Retro Rocker Jeans - Step 2
    Step 2

    Wrap each leg with rubber bands.
    Note: A tight binding will produce more white areas.

  • How to make jeans. Retro Rocker Jeans - Step 3
    Step 3

    Then wrap the legs and top of jeans together. Soak the jeans in warm water.
    Now go cover your work surface and grab some rubber gloves cause it time to dye!!

  • How to make jeans. Retro Rocker Jeans - Step 4
    Step 4

    Shake up your bottle of Black dye and pour into measuring cup. Add 1 cup of salt and 4 cups of very hot water, at least 140º. If your tap's not hot enough, just heat some in microwave or tea kettle.

    Note: 2 boxes of powder dye = 1 bottle of liquid dye. Either will work in this application.

    Add 1 gallon of additional hot water and stir. Immerse your wrapped, wet jeans and let set for 20 minutes. To help the dye penetrate, turn and push down with a spoon.

    Remove from dye, remove rubber bands. Rinse in cool water until water runs clear. Wash in warm water with mild detergent, rinse and hang dry.

    And there ya go!!

  • How to make jeans. Retro Rocker Jeans - Step 5
    Step 5

    And just for fun, here's the whole shebang on one page if you want to try it.

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Corvii · 1 project
Very cool, thank you!
edie d.
edie d. · New York, New York, US · 41 projects
Oh, so happy to hear about your cool new jeans. Hey, show us some pics! Would love to see 'em.
Impybat · North Andover, Massachusetts, US · 34 projects
I finally got around to doing this project, and I love the way they came out! Thanks again for the tutorial.

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