Have you seen all the adorable denim out these days covered in polka dots, stars, and hearts? I decided my daughter needed a pair of polka dot jeans, but it’s hard to justify spending money on new pants for her when I already have a stockpile of garage sale jeans in her size. So I figured out how to DIY a pair of dotted heart jeans using a 50 cent pair I had on hand.
I originally planned to make a tiny stamp to add the hearts, but I’ve found that when you’re stamping a light color (like white) onto a darker colored fabric (like denim), the stamped image often isn’t nearly bright enough. (Keep reading for more photos and the super simple solution)
To get bright white hearts, I made a quick stencil by cutting a tiny heart out of cardstock, then using paint applied with a foam brush, as shown below:
I found that I could dip the corner of my foam brush in my paint and pounce it once or twice over the tiny stencil and the heart would fill in perfectly. I did mix my paint with a fabric medium (designed to keep the paint soft, not crunchy), but since the heart is so tiny I don’t think you’d need to. It took about half an hour to do the pants, including a few minutes to let the front dry before I did the back. And I think I went through three different cardstock stencils – they start to wilt a bit from all the paint.
I thought these dotted heart pants would look adorable with Lily’s lace trimmed blouse, but she had other ideas:
That’s right, apparently the infamous pink dress from Grandma goes perfectly with her dotted heart jeans. Not exactly what I had in mind, but I did love hearing her walk up to all her brothers in turn and say “Hey guys! Look at my bootiful new pants!”
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