DIY Tuxedo Stripe Skinny Jeans

DIY Tuxedo Stripe Skinny JeansIf you’ve been on Pinterest in the last six months, you’ve seen the fashion photos of all kinds of iterations of the tuxedo striped pant. There are harem pants, jogging pants, skinny jeans, trousers — and all of them with that trademark skinny stripe down the leg. I like the look and wanted to play around with it, but didn’t think I’d wear a pair often enough to warrant investing more than a few bucks into the trend. I don’t get fancy dressed that often, and though the trend seems like a great date night look, I wanted to give it a low cost try before I forked over the money on a nice pair. I had a pair of black skinny jeans from Old Navy that hadn’t gotten a lot of wear and tear, so then it was all about the stripe. But ugh, sewing. Seemed like an awful lot of pinning for a trend I wasn’t sure was a good fit for me.

But then- AHA! Lightbulb moment. I got my hands on the brand new Cricut Explore about a month ago and one thing that came with the machine was a sample of the Cricut Iron On heat transfer film. I’ve used it for a few other projects (the Cricut Explore is basically the best thing that’s ever happened to a DIY girl like me) so I started to scheme up a way to use the Iron On for my tuxedo striped skinny jeans.

You guys. So. Simple. I found a roll of the Cricut Iron On material in a glittery silver at my local JoAnn Fabric, cut a few inch-wide strips, pulled out my iron and in about a half an hour, had my very own pair of tuxedo striped skinny jeans. Pair it with a simple V-neck tee, a sassy black blazer, a great pair of heels, and voila! Date night done right.DIY Tuxedo Stripe Skinny Jeans


Step 1

 Open GalleryDIY Tuxedo Stripe Skinny JeansFirst up, grab a pair of pants and some heat transfer film. The Cricut brand worked really well for me, but there are other brands out there, so just check out your local craft store to see what they have that you like.

Step 2

 Open GalleryDIY Tuxedo Stripe Skinny JeansNext, use a cutting mat and a straight edge to cut inch-wide strips of the iron on material. I needed two strips per leg for my skinny jeans, so I cut four total.

Step 3

 Open GalleryDIY Tuxedo Stripe Skinny JeansHere are my pants and my pre-measured iron on strips, all set to go.

Step 4

 Open GalleryDIY Tuxedo Stripe Skinny JeansFollow the instructions on your iron on material — the Cricut instructions told me to pre-iron my jeans for a few seconds, then lay my pre-measured strips down, clear liner side up. I also used a piece of thin fabric between the iron and the fabric.

Step 5

 Open GalleryDIY Tuxedo Stripe Skinny JeansThen, with the iron on the Cotton/Linen setting and the steam OFF, I used medium pressure and held the iron in place for 25-30 seconds, moving up each pant leg. (As a side note, apparently when I use medium pressure with my iron, my hands look like I’ve got a white knuckled death grip on the thing. Very flattering, in a taloned claw kind of way.)

Step 6

 Open GalleryDIY Tuxedo Stripe Skinny JeansAfter I ironed on both pant legs, I turned the pants inside out and hit each side with the iron again. Then it was time to turn the pants right side out and remove the clear line. Easy peasy.

Step 7

 Open GalleryDIY Tuxedo Stripe Skinny JeansI gave my now tuxedo-striped skinny jeans one last once-over with the iron to get rid of any wonky creases, and done!


  • Skinny jeans or pants
  • Heat transfer film
  • Spare material for ironing


  • Iron
  • Cutting mat
  • Straight edge
About Ellen Foord 


A tight budget has never stopped Ellen Foord from creating a beautiful, modern, creative home and treating every day as one of life's smaller celebrations. A freelance writer and ...

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  1. beautifulhello says:

    Loooove this. What a rad use for the Cricut!

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