DIY Quilted Denim and Leather Jeans

DIY Quilted Denim and Leather Jeans
If you follow me on instagram, you know my fall inspiration is everything quilted.  I have been completely obsessed with experimenting with quilting everything from leather to neoprene, so when I picked up this 2-way stretch denim fabric from G Street I had no idea what I was going to do with it except I knew I wanted to quilt it.  I used this McCall’s pattern view C with pattern alterations noted below.

Tank-Theyskens Theory
Clutch-Bottega Veneta
Heels-Manolo Blahnik

Pattern alterations:

Using builders paper, trace piece 11, the middle front pattern piece into three sections.  The top angled section is 7″ from the tip.  The second section is 4″ from the bottom of the first section and the third section is 4″ from the second section.

Added 4″ to the the lower front

Added a leather waist band and side zipper

Quilted the angled piece of the middle piece.
Traced pattern piece 13 onto builders paper, cut the piece down the middle to create two pieces and sewed the pieces back together to create seams.



  1. August 26, 2013 / 1:03 pm

    Simply impeccable. You really need to be a fashion designer 🙂 Fabulous work with the pants.

    • August 28, 2013 / 9:38 pm

      Aww thank you so much Joy 🙂

  2. August 26, 2013 / 1:44 pm

    I saw the beginnings of your pattern alterations on Instagram and I must say the final result is totally hot. Those pants would sell in any shop in a heartbeat. I agree with Joy, fashion design is what you do….very well.

    • August 28, 2013 / 9:38 pm

      Thank you so much, I truly appreciate it.

  3. Cherrie
    August 26, 2013 / 1:48 pm

    This are some HOT pants!

    In my eyes you are a designer. You have such a great eye and style.

    • August 28, 2013 / 9:39 pm

      Miss Cherrie, I admire the best 🙂

  4. August 26, 2013 / 1:55 pm

    Your skills are just W.O.W! These jeans look great, they look like an expensive pair of designer jeans. Always love to see what you are going to make next.

  5. Anonymous
    August 26, 2013 / 3:06 pm

    OMG!!!!!! Nikki these came out fabulous and I have this pattern too, Thank you so much for the inspiration!!!!!! Your are amazing!!!!

    • August 28, 2013 / 9:39 pm

      Thank you Jennifer

  6. August 26, 2013 / 3:33 pm

    Fabulous! They look straight off the Balmain runway! You did that!

    • August 28, 2013 / 9:39 pm

      Thank you Erica

  7. Anonymous
    August 26, 2013 / 10:29 pm

    Gorgeous! those are dope

    • August 28, 2013 / 9:39 pm

      Thank you Rejina

  8. August 27, 2013 / 1:03 am

    I love the end result! This post made me realize that I have this pattern…somewhere. Great inspiration.

  9. Anonymous
    August 27, 2013 / 3:19 pm

    What type of sewing needle do you use when you sew leather?

    • August 28, 2013 / 9:41 pm

      I used lambskin leather for these which is really soft, so a universal ball point.

  10. August 29, 2013 / 2:16 pm

    how did you quilt these? where can I find a tutorial . . .totally inspired!

    • August 29, 2013 / 2:30 pm

      You cut 2 pieces of the same pattern for each side and you cut 2 pieces of batting. You then sew 1 piece of batting with diagonal lines in between the two pieces of fabric. I will post a quick tutorial later the afternoon.

  11. August 29, 2013 / 2:17 pm

    or maybe i'm confused . . . how did you get the different texture on the piece right above the knee . . .

  12. December 6, 2013 / 1:33 am

    Hello! Did you top stitch the seams around the quilting? It looks slightly raised, and I really want to try to recreate that look. 🙂

    • December 7, 2013 / 7:11 pm

      Yes I top stitched all seams with the exception of the inseam and side seams.

    • December 7, 2013 / 7:16 pm

      Thank you for the information! Love your blog and DIY's btw!

    • December 7, 2013 / 8:30 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂

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