What You’ll Need / Where To Get it


  1. hot fix rhinestones

  2. silver thread

  3. rhinestone applicator

  4. fusible interfacing

  5. stay tape

  6. sewing machine with fancy stitches

At JoAnn’s

  1. 10 square studs

  2. sewing notions


Back Pockets - Using your pattern pocket piece, cut two from fabric and two from lightweight fusible interfacing.  Press the top pocket hem with wrong sides together to create a visible crease.

Stitch a line across the points where the seams intersect (in blue).

Use scissors to cut away that excess interfacing.  Press all remaining edges to fuse them.

With the right sides together, sew the fabric to the interfacing.  Angle the stitch inward from the top of the pocket to the crease line then continue sewing to the bottom edge.  To sew the bottom seams, don’t turn the fabric at the center to make one line of stitching.  Instead sew lines from the outer edges to the center. 

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Trim the seams to .25”.  Cut straight across and close to the stitching at the intersections without cutting into them.

Turn the pocket right side out pushing out the corner points.  With an iron, press all the outside edges except across the pocket top, to fuse the interfacing to the fabric.  Avoid making folds in the interfacing as you press.

Fusing the edges will create excess interfacing in the center of the pocket that won’t lie flat without forming folds.

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Baste stay tape to the underside of the pocket fold.  Serge the hem’s raw edge. Stitch across the right side of the pocket with two rows of vine stitch placed .75” apart.  Use silver metallic thread.  

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Step 11 - Front Pockets - Sew stay tape into the curved pocket seam, clipping small slits into the tape so it will follow the curve line.  Stay tape will prevent the pocket tops from stretching out.  Understitch the seam allowance to the pocket facing close to the seam. Trim the seam allowance to about .25”.  I don’t grade this double layer of fabric because I like the slight roll it forms on the pocket edge once it is topstitched.

On the right side of the pocket, topstitch .25” away from the curve with silver metallic thread using a feather stitch.

Making your own jeans can be very rewarding.  Although I often make my own patterns, I used Butterick pattern 5682 for this project.  I like that it offers several leg width options.  Sewing your own jeans not only gives you the opportunity to choose things like leg width but to adjust your pattern to insure the right fit.  It also allows you to exercise your creativity by adding special details like the silver, metallic stitching, rhinestones and studs I used on these white jeans.

In addition to the following instructions for adding bling, I’m sharing my own personal tips and shortcuts for making pockets that don’t “bag”, pocket corners that lay flat and even, smooth pocket curves that don’t stretch out and clean fray-free edges.  There are many techniques for finishing pants pockets.  Mine are ones I’ve used for years because the results are perfect every time.  If you don’t like pockets to look home-made, this tutorial may help you.  The less time you spend fussing with pockets, the more time you’ll have for fun and creative details!  I’m also including my fast and easy method of making belt loops. 

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Use a rhinestone applicator to attach stones opposite the leaves in the vine design.

Sew the pockets to the pants with two rows of stitching.  Attach a stud to the upper pocket corners.

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5th Pocket - Follow steps 8-10 to create the coin or as it’s often called “fifth” pocket.  Attach it to the pocket facing before joining the facing to the pocket front.

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5 Easy Belt Loops - Fold a strip of fabric 1.50” wide by 15” long in half with wrong sides together.  Serge the edges with a .50” seam.  Cut five 3” long pieces from the strip.  Slip each piece over the blade of your scissors and press with an iron to create creases along the outside edges.

Stitch down the middle of each belt loop then attach it to the waistband.


• Even when your pattern calls for a folded waistband, add a seam allowance to the fold and make the band two pieces.  Having a seam on both sides of the band allows you to insert the ends of the belt loops and hide their raw edges in the band.

• Pinning through belt loops to keep them in place on the waistband is sometimes difficult because of the many layers of fabric and interfacing.  Use painters tape placed well away from the seam allowance to hold them perfectly straight and in place.

• Keep waistbands from stretching out with wear by sewing stay tape into the seams.

• Like your jeans snug but comfortable?  Look for fabric with just a little stretch to it.  Test it at the fabric shop before you buy it.  If it springs back to shape after stretching, it’s a good choice.

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Use painters tape to hold belt loops perfectly straight and in position on the waistband.

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