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Hi guys It’s Cath Today I’m going to show you how to make
these miniature denim jeans. They’re super cute and would look great
in a miniature clothing store or on some dolls. Let’s get started. The first thing we need is a pattern so I
grab some graph paper and draw a 5” by 1.5” rectangle. Then I make 2 horizontal guidelines. The first one is 1.75” from the bottom and
the second line is 1.75” above the first one Half an inch from the top left corner, draw
a line that connects to the left side of the top guideline. Mark half an inch on the lower guideline and
draw a line to connect it. Then draw a vertical line straight down to
the bottom of the rectangle. Add curves on the first two angled lines for
a more defined pattern. Cut this shape out. It’s the front of the pants. Then flip this cutout over on its back and
trace it. This will be the pattern for the back of the pants. The back needs to be a bit bigger so add 1/4”
to the top right corner and connect it to the top left. Then elongate the curved lines about 1/8”. Line these 2 patterns up with the straight
sides facing each other and tape it. This will be your main pattern Then you need your denim. I use the bottoms of some pants I hemmed but
you can also purchase fabric like chambray Flip the denim with the wrong side facing
up so you won’t see the markings when the piece is finished. Place the pattern on top of the fabric and
trace it. I use a pen to get crisp line. Flip the pattern over and trace another shape. These 2 shapes should be mirror images of
each other. Draw a straight line down the center of each
one. Then cut these shapes out. Here’s a sneak peak at what these pants
will look like. I’ll use black thread here so you can see
it better on camera, but I’d recommend blue, white or tan for a more realistic look. Sew a line straight down the middle of each
piece. I like to sew 2 rows for more detail but that’s
not necessary. Fold the denim on these lines. Before sewing these pant legs up, let’s
add the pocket details. Use a pencil to outline some front pockets
and use a pen to darken it up. Cut that piece out. Then cut out a small piece of denim and place
it behind the cutout. Stitch around the pocket to keep the fabric
in place. For the other leg, I first cut a 1/4” square
of denim and use fabric glue to glue it onto another piece of denim. This is for the tiny pocket no one knows the actual use of. Position that behind the pocket cutout and
stitch it in place. We also need some back pockets. Within a half inch square, draw this shape. Cut it out and trace it on some denim. Cut two of these for the two back pockets. How adorable are these? Because denim tends to fray a bit, I add some
fabric glue along all the edges. When that’s dry, place the pocket on the
back side of the pants. You can glue these on or sew them on. Then simply fold over the bottom edge and
hem it. Then fold your pant leg in half inside out and sew it
up to the crotch. Do this for both pant legs. This will be how we’ll sew the two legs
together. Make sure the flaps are pushed outward and
then join them together. Once both sides are sewn up, you can flip
it inside out. It’s a bit tough to do but go slow so you
don’t pop the seams. All flipped! Now that you’ve seen how the main pieces
are put together, I don’t need to use black thread anymore. Here’s what the jeans look look like sewn
with white thread. See how much cleaner it looks? For additional detail, I cut a small strip
of denim and glue it to the center front for the zipper flap. Let’s make some belt loops next. First cut several super thin strips of denim. Make sure to add fabric glue to the edges
if the denim frays. I add a dot of glue to the waist and glue
a strip downward. Do this all around the waist with 5 loops
in total. For the actual waistband, fold over a strip
denim and iron it down. Mark a 1/4” thick strip and cut it out. I’m using my rotary cutter to make that
job super easy. Then you can just glue the waistband onto
the jeans. Fold the belt loops over the waistband and
glue it to the inside. Snip off the excess fabric. Look how cute those little loops are. It’s finally time for the finishing touches. For a more obvious look of stitches, I’m
using acrylic paint in the color yellow oxide. With a super thin brush, I paint two thin
lines over all the loops. Add lines over all the edges around the pockets. Also add lines down the sides of the legs. I like to reference a picture of a real pair
of jeans to get my stitches in just the right places. For a realistic look, denim jeans definitely
need some fading. For that, I take some white acrylic paint
and dry brush it on the parts of the jeans that typically crease. Use the tiniest amount of paint just to add
some highlighting. Don’t forget the back. A lot of the fading will be on the butt. Add some thin white lines for the back of the knees. That’s a major improvement. You’ve made it all the way here so here’s a bonus tutorial. I’ll also show you how to make
a simple leather belt for your jeans. Take some thin craft foam of any color. Cut a thin 1/4” strip for the belt itself and a super thin strip for the belt loop Then color both sides with dark brown acrylic
paint. The paint soaks into the foam so you’ll
need a few layers. Once that’s dry, lightly go over the dark
brown with a lighter reddish brown. Cut one end to a point and cover the raw edges
with paint. Next, use a pushpin to make a few holes to
that end. Make sure to push the pin all the way through. Now let’s make the buckle. I use 24 gauge beading wire because it’s
very easy to work with. Bend the wire into a tiny rectangle just big
enough for the belt to go through. Then loop it onto the rectangular end and fold the belt over. Glue the belt down and stick another piece
of wire right through the center of the buckle. Cut off any excess wire. Lastly, take that thin strip we made at the
beginning and loop it around the belt. Cut off the excess and glue it down. Now you can just put the belt on just like
you would a real belt. This extra accessory is so easy and a must. If you like a more casual distressed look,
sand the denim with a file until you get holes. I also made a pair with a lot more detail
to mimic a pair from real life. The techniques I used were exactly the same. Make some replicas of your favorite pair. I hope you guys like this video. Give it a thumbs up if you did and make sure
to subscribe for more. I’ll see you next time. Bye!

James Carver

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