• UO DIY: Customizing BDG Denim


    For those who want to stand out from the crowd, we show you four different ways to customize your BDG denim.

    Read on to see how we've customized four different BDG denim pieces and find out how you can customize your own at participating Urban Outfitters stores across the country. (And yes: each participating store will have all the customization options below!)


    Paint + Sketch
    Customize your BDG denim with paint + stamps to create a totally unique pair of denim. When painting, use acrylic paint - this adheres well to denim and won't run or smear if it gets wet. Using a variety of brushes and colors, you can paint whateverrr you'd like onto your denim. (Get some old, vintage pics as inspo. Those hippies had some good jeans.)

    If your artwork leaves something to be desired, you can cheat the system and use some pre-made stamps to decorate your denim. Brush a thin coat of paint over a stamp that features a simple design (anything more detailed will not come out as well) and stamp onto your denim. It's that easy! Just make sure to let your creation dry for a few hours before moving it so it doesn't smudge.

    Once your denim is dry, you should be able to wash normally, but if you've painted on something more detailed, we recommend hand or spot washing if possible.


    Embroidery
    Embroidery on denim is easier than you think! If you've never worked with a needle and thread before, sewing a small color gradient on one of the pockets is a foolproof option. To do so, thread your needle with a one-foot length of thread. (We chose varying shades of green to use.) Come through the back of the denim on your first pass and make sure to keep your stitches even with one another. When you reach the end of your thread, tie it off in the back and move onto your next color.

    The nice part about embroidery is that you won't be looking at the backside, so if you need to get a little messy to get your stitches looking right, it's totally fine. If you mess up, simply re-thread and try again. The most important thing to keep in mind is to go slow.


    Fringe Detail
    How could we do a denim customization without a fringe station? These puppies are all over Instagram and we want to get you in on the trend. Surprisingly, pom poms are super easy to add to denim, especially if you're adding them onto the pockets or around the leg. 

    To execute, pick what color you want to use and measure out how much you'll need for where you need to sew it. (Around the leg is usually less than a foot, unless you're using some huge, wide leg jeans.) You can then attach them by hand or with a sewing machine. If you're not trying to do anything permanent to your jeans, you can also use safety pins on the underside.


    Distress + Destroy
    The best way to get some aggression out? Distress + destroy, baby. To do this to your denim you'll need sandpaper, tweezers, a cheese grater, and scissors. Start off with the sandpaper and slowly rub down the area that you're looking to destroy. A fine sandpaper will not do as much damage as a heavier sandpaper, which is why we prefer a fine one. Make sure you take your time with this because it's easy to go overboard and quickly destroy your jeans past the point of wearability.

    After you've worn a hole down with your sandpaper, you can pick out individual threads with your tweezers for that vintage feel.


    Find an event near you:

    Space Ninety 8
    Urban Outfitters
    BDG Denim Fall 2017
    Launch Party
    DIY Station - Distress, Draw, Paint, Sew
    Complimentary Refreshments
    July 13th
    At Urban Outfitters
    98 N. 6th St.
    Brooklyn, NY

    Space 15 Twenty
    Urban Outfitters
    BDG Denim Fall 2017
    Launch Party
    DIY Station - Distress, Draw, Paint, Sew
    Complimentary Refreshments
    July 13th
    At Urban Outfitters
    1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA

    Space 24 Twenty
    Urban Outfitters
    BDG Denim Fall 2017
    Launch Party
    DIY Station - Distress, Draw, Paint, Sew
    Complimentary Refreshments
    July 13th
    At Urban Outfitters
    2420 Guadalupe St. 
    Austin, TX

    Herald Square: 
    Urban Outfitters
    BDG Denim Fall 2017
    Launch Party
    Shop our new fits, washes + styles of BDG denim
    Complimentary custom embroidery by Brian Blakely*
    DIY Station - Distress, Draw, Paint, Sew
    Complimentary Refreshments
    July 13th
    4pm-8pm
    At Urban Outfitters
    1333 Broadway
    New York, NY
    *eligible with any BDG denim purchase at UO Herald Square on 7.13

    King of Prussia:
    Urban Outfitters
    BDG Denim Fall 2017
    Launch Party
    Shop our new fits, washes + styles of BDG denim
    Complimentary custom embroidery by Brian Blakely*
    DIY Station - Distress, Draw, Paint, Sew
    Complimentary Refreshments
    July 13th
    4pm-8pm
    At Urban Outfitters
    King of Prussia Mall
    King of Prussia, PA
    *eligible with any BDG denim purchase at UO King of Prussia on 7.13

    Melrose Ave:
    Urban Outfitters
    BDG Denim Fall 2017
    Launch Party
    Shop our new fits, washes + styles of BDG denim
    Complimentary custom embroidery by [Lot, Stock, and Barrel]*
    DIY Station - Distress, Draw, Paint, Sew
    Complimentary Refreshments
    July 13th
    4pm-8pm
    At Urban Outfitters
    7650 Melrose Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA
    *eligible with any BDG denim purchase at UO Melrose on 7.13

    Toronto:
    Urban Outfitters
    BDG Denim Fall 2017
    Launch Party
    Shop our new fits, washes + styles of BDG denim
    Complimentary custom embroidery by Peace and Cotton*
    DIY Station - Distress, Draw, Paint, Sew
    Complimentary Refreshments
    July 13th
    4pm-8pm
    At Urban Outfitters
    235 Yonge St.
    Toronto, ON
    *eligible with any BDG denim purchase at UO Yonge St. on 7.13

    San Francisco:
    Urban Outfitters
    BDG Denim Fall 2017
    Launch Party
    Shop our new fits, washes + styles of BDG denim
    Complimentary custom embroidery by [Samantha Saavedra]*
    DIY Station - Distress, Draw, Paint, Sew
    Complimentary Refreshments
    July 13th
    4pm-8pm
    At Urban Outfitters
    80 Powell St.
    San Francisco, CA
    *eligible with any BDG denim purchase at UO Union Square on 7.13


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