DIY: Polka Dot Pants

DIY Polka Dot Pants!

Yes…More and More Polka Dots! I haven’t done a DIY in a while so I thought I’d put this to the test. I have been really loving the polka dot trend, but haven’t been willing to spend the $30+ dollars on all the polka dot pants I’ve been seeing around. I saw this tutorial on JennyBevlin.Com and decided it was worth a shot!

Fabric Paint (available at your local craft store)
Jeans/ Skinnies 

Sponge ( see below for TIPS)
Polka-Dot Template
Click Here for PDF

*Print off multiple copies of the polka-dot template on card stock, preferably.
*Lay your pants out flat and pick what leg to start on. (I recommend starting on the backside of your pants at the bottom)
*Place the template onto your pants and begin tracing or sponging the paint onto the pants (see tips below)
*Continue this process up the pant leg
*Once you have completed doing an entire side, be sure to let it dry for approximately 4 hours. Be sure to make sure it is dry before flipping it over to do the other side, you don’t want all your hard work to get smeared.
*Continue this process until you have the finished product! Let the paint dry for approximately 72 hours ( just to be safe!). I washed mine inside out and they look great!

If you are not a patient person, this is not a project for you. It took me 3 days (off and on) to complete this project and to allow the pants to sufficiently dry.
I slanted my template slightly, instead of having the polka dots go straight across. This was just personal preference; feel free to be creative with it!
It takes a little while to get the hang of painting/sponging the dots, be patient and careful as you do everyone to ensure that it doesn’t smear. I decided not to do the sponge idea because it kept creating a bubbling effect. The fabric paint I bought had a pencil-like end to it so I just traced the dots with pencil, then went over them with the fabric paint to guarantee accuracy.

I am definitely happy I tried out this DIY. It cost me only 3 dollars for the paint and I just used some old colored jeans I had, definitely a cheap DIY. I can’t wait to show them off! Check back soon to see what I wear them with!



  1. Wow this is awesome! I will definitely have to try this! Thanks for following my blog, I have followed yours as well :) XO


  2. This is so cute! I love the bright color of the pants and how it contrasts with the white polka dots!

  3. Yes patience would def be needed for that! But if would be totally worth it, this is such a clever idea, I think I might have to add some to my Winter wardrobe!

  4. Wow, these are absolutely adorable!!! Nice job :)


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  6. Such a cute idea! I have been wanting to make some but wasn't sure how to. Thank you for this post!
    Xoxo Sara

  7. My daughter is going to try this thanks very much.
    One could actually use this to write words on tee shirts?
    I would like to do this for site

  8. This is a great DIY! So cute and such a good way to play with trendier pieces without having to invest a lot of money. I'm stopping by from the bloggers group and can't wait to get to know you and work together!

    Chelsea & The City

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