Easy DIY Polka-Dot Jeans

I’ve been seeing so many cute polka-dotted jeans this season, and was just dying to get a pair for my one-year-old daughter. But really? Twenty plus dollars for baby jeans? I just couldn’t bring myself to do it because there’s no guarantee they’ll fit her for longer than a month, and since they might spend half of that month in the laundry pile. But don’t worry — I found a solution! I thrifted a pair of perfectly fitting baby jeans and took a bleach pen to them! Couldn’t be easier. Check out the slideshow below to see step-by-step instructions for creating your own DIY polka-dot jeans for you or your child.

  • DIY Polka Dot Jeans 1 of 4

    I thrifted a pair of perfectly fitting baby jeans and used a little bleach trick to create these DIY polka-dotted jeans for my little girl. Here are the supplies you'll need:

    • 1 pair of simple jeans
    • 1 bleach pen
    • 1 sheet of heavyweight paper or cardboard (the size of the jeans)
    • 1 marker
    • scissors
    • 1 cup vinegar
    • water
  • Cut out the Lining 2 of 4

    Cut out the paper and insert it into the jeans to serve as a protective barrier between the front and the back of the jeans. This helps prevent the bleach from soaking through between the layers.

  • Dot the Jeans 3 of 4

    Starting at the top left of the jeans (or top right if you're left handed), create a dotted pattern with the fine point of the bleach pen. The bleach will be a gel-like consistency, so you're aiming to create a pearl-like dot which will sit on top of the fabric.

    Allow the bleach to sit on the jeans for one hour, then turn over the jeans and repeat the process on the back side.

  • Soak the Jeans 4 of 4

    After the bleach has sat on the jeans for two hours, create a solution of one part vinegar to 10 parts water, and soak the jeans for at least ten minutes in the solution. At this point, you might need to scrape off the dried dots of bleach if they don't dissolve in the vinegar solution.


    This part of the process deactivates the bleach which will preserve the quality of your jeans and keep the bleach-soaked fabric from ruining any clothes that are washed with them in the future.

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Article Posted 3 years Ago

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