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DIY Vintage Jeans…Coffee style!

by on May 7, 2007

It’s amazing the things you can find in the dumpster. We found some expired coffee grounds that were thrown out and decided to use them to making an old pair of worn out jeans look vintage and hip. Below, we’ll show you how – including a video of the whole process at the bottom!

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1. First off, to make the dye, you will need 2 bags of coffee grounds (About 10 oz each), preferable Espresso. 

Person cutting cafe el-aguila packet with scissor.


2. Then, get a 3-5 gallon bucket. We got ours for free at a local ice cream shop, but any kind of bucket should work.

A pocket of old coffee beans to make a Vintage Jeans.


3. Next, you will have to make a filter. We used some old stockings that we cut the tops off and filled with the coffee grounds. Then make sure you tie the tops tightly. 

A woman is making coffee.

4. Put the coffee – grounds filled stockings into the bucket and fill it about 3/4 to the top with hot water. Make sure there’s enough room for the jeans without the water spilling over. 

A coffee seed is drawn in the jeans.

5. Let the coffee brew for about 15 to 20 min. Note: The darker the brew, the darker the stain. 

"Dyeing a cloth"



6. Then drop in your jeans and let them sit overnight.

Hand holding a denim fabric item inside a round bin sitting in a stainless steel sink.


7. The next morning, take out your jeans and throw them in the washer and dryer.

A persons arm opening the top of a coin-op washing machine.


8. Congratulations! You’re all done!! Now you’ve got a nice, light brown tint to your jeans. 

Coffee color vintage jeans.



Want an even more ‘vintage look’  in your jeans? Here is how to make them distressed.

1. Grab some sandpaper and a couple random objects with a hard surface such as coins, cell phones, mint tins… etc. Put these in the pockets and sand around the edges! 

A person holds a fabric piece with hands.
Man showing statue on coin.
Man showing peppermints box.


Person is showing his mobile phone and a jeans pant is in the background.

2. A cheese grater makes a great addition to the smaller abraisions and gives it lots of texture.

A person is rubbing jeans into a floor with stars on it.


3. Or, you could even run them over with your car!

The old model jean was transformed into vintage style using the wheel.


4. Now you’ve got yourself a one of a kind rad pair of jeans for little or no cost!

Stylish ideas to design old jeans.
Some clothes spread in the floor.


If you still can’t get enough, watch the video! 


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