Sew Cute: Lace-Trimmed Jeans

Honestly, I’m not much of a jeans person. Don’t get me wrong, I have a few good pairs that I don’t mind (and I think I would be obsessed with them if I had found them using this sci-fi sounding measuring system). But if the weather would cooperate, I would wear skirts and dresses year-round. Jeans are dependable and basic, but sometimes I think they just don’t feel special enough.

Luckily, there’s an easy fix: lace. I found some with an adorable heart pattern, and once I had stitched it to the bottom hems of my jeans, it turned my wardrobe staple into a sweet statement piece. Lace makes the perfect trim—it’s pretty without being fussy, eye-catching without being the only thing you see. And, since it comes in so many sizes and patterns, you can use it to make your jeans look exactly the way you want. And don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to the cuffs, either—how cute would some jeans with lace on the back pockets be?


  • Pair of jeans
  • Lace (make sure it’s not too narrow—mine is one inch wide)
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Thread in a corresponding color to the jeans
  • Basic sewing needle

Craft away:

  • Turn the jeans inside out. Measure around the bottom edge of each leg of the jeans.
  • Measure the same length out on the lace and add an extra inch. Cut two pieces of lace in that length.
  • Pin the two pieces of lace to the inside of the legs of the jeans, close to the edge. Make sure the lace is hanging out so it will be visible. If needed, you can trim down some of the extra lace that overlaps.
  • Cut a couple feet of thread and fold it in half, then thread the needle and tie a knot.
  • Using a simple in-and-out motion, hand-stitch the lace to the jeans. Keep your stitches small so they’ll be harder to see. Remember to pass the needle under the thread of your last stitch to knot your work in place.
  • Snip any remaining pieces of thread and turn the jeans right side out.
  • Ta da! Your jeans now have the perfect sweet touch.
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