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For those of us who wear bright trousers, but ain't paying £30+ for them.
Have you ever seen a pair of pants like this, and then found out just how much they cost - aka. too much? Hell, I know I have, and as I seem to live in a constant state of poor, I decided, as I usually do, to DIY them.

The cost of the project will vary hugely, depending on what you're willing to pay for the trousers and dye. I spent about £15 altogether, though now I have extra dye, tape and spray paint for other projects, so the price of this project is considerably cheaper than that. I think the trousers were about £6, as, if I recall correctly, I got them in a sale at T.K. Maxx..

*note: I only put 2 hours for the time, as that's the most it should take for actually adding the stripes, though it will take considerably longer if you're dying the pants yourself - I sent about 1 and a half hours actually dying them, but I had to allow for washing/drying etc., which included leaving them to dry over night.


  • How to make jeans. Stripey Pants On The Cheap - Step 1
    Step 1

    I started off with my long-time enemy, the white designer jeans.

    *If you already have trousers the colour that you want one of the sets of stripes to be, make sure that they're clean, and skip to step 5*

  • How to make jeans. Stripey Pants On The Cheap - Step 2
    Step 2

    Choose your dye, and dye them! There should be instructions that come with most packs of dye, so I'm not going to add any instructions for that..

  • How to make jeans. Stripey Pants On The Cheap - Step 3
    Step 3

    My dying method involved a fair bit of waiting, so I spray painted myself a shirt whilst waiting. (Yes, that is Dr.Steel)

  • How to make jeans. Stripey Pants On The Cheap - Step 4
    Step 4

    After the pants have been dyed and washed, ensure that they're dried before moving on to step 5. For best results, iron the trousers before step 5.

  • How to make jeans. Stripey Pants On The Cheap - Step 5
    Step 5

    Stick strips of masking tape onto the trousers as so. Make sure that you completely cover all the fabric on the side that you are working on that you don't want spray painted. Here you could do pretty much any pattern you like with the tape, I just chose stripes because I like them and I'm lazy.

  • How to make jeans. Stripey Pants On The Cheap - Step 6
    Step 6

    Completely spray that side of your pants with the spray paint. It's generally a good idea to test the paint on a small scrap of similarly coloured fabric before spraying any clothes, just to know what to expect before it's too late.

    *remember that spray paint is bad for your lungs, try not to breathe it in, and always wear a mask whilst using it*

  • Step 7

    Once dry, repeat steps 5 & 6 on the other side of your trousers.

  • How to make jeans. Stripey Pants On The Cheap - Step 8
    Step 8

    Once they're all dry, and you've removed the masking tape, you've got yourself a new pair of pants! I wash them before wearing them, just to get rid of the spray paint smell. Thanks for taking the time to read this, I appreciate it.

  • Step 9

    Feel free to experiment with different amounts of colours, widths, shapes, zebra stripes etc. For example, for 3 colours, follow this how to, with wider gaps between the stripes, and then cover the spray paint stripes and half of each of the base colour stripes before spraying a 3rd colour on.. experiment!

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Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
Hey, that's a really cool project! Just one question, where did you get the dye from? And, did you do the dyeing outside?
Just wondering, cos I would like to do some dyeing but I don't want to mess up the machine haha ;) Thanks!
Andri-u- · Barcelona, Catalonia, ES · 16 projects
Awesome! Happy
DarkAshHurts · 119 projects
Dang it! I tried this & the spraypaint just washed off. :'( ...gonna try fabric paint.
Ashley Jane
Ashley Jane · Roma, Queensland, AU · 5 projects
These are fantastic,
I might post a version in a few weeks c: x
iheartgod 19
iheartgod 19 · 1 project
i have to try this it looks awesome!
Dani T.
Dani T. · Mexico City, Federal District, MX · 3 projects
amazing :O
CraftyPunk C.
CraftyPunk C. · La Cañada Flintridge, California, US · 2 projects
Ohhh sooo awsome i soo have to do this!!!!
Kat Grim
Kat Grim · 9 projects
These are SO getting versionified Happy Thanks for sharing, have been wanting some punky striped jeans for ages and been put off the price tag! How well does the paint stay on in the wash..? Mind you even if it flakes a little I can imagine that would look pretty awesome!
Moo · Gold Coast, Queensland, AU · 2 projects
I am so obsessed with stripes right now! I never thought about using spray paint though Happy
Elizabeth · La Celle-sous-Gouzon, Limousin, FR · 46 projects
I'd try with fabric paint... ;)
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