How to Make Punk Pants

by Tracy Moore

Punk can be a music genre, a fashion statement or an attitude. There is no standard uniform for fashion. You can show your personality with a homemade T-shirt or even a pair of pants. There are many ways to express yourself through your clothing by adding patches, zippers or your favorite lyrics. It's about being creative and being unique, going against what's normal and making a loud statement for both guys and girls.

Items you will need

  • A pair of black skinny jeans or plaid pants
  • Zippers
  • "D" or "O" rings
  • band patches
  • safety pins
  • bondage straps
  • needle and thread or sewing machine
  • iron and ironing board or towel
  • permanent markers or spray paint
Step 1

Start with your favorite pair of pants. They can be black skinny jeans, plaid pants, leopard pants -- anything you feel comfortable in.

Step 2

Iron on or sew on any band patches you have and place them anywhere you desire. If you outgrow the pants or if they rip and you no longer can wear them, the patches can be taken off more easily if they are sewn on. Or for a less permanent look, you can use safety pins to attach the patches. Use as many safety pins as you'd like. There is no right or wrong way to do things when being creative.

Step 3

Sew zippers diagonally across the legs or to the bottom of the leg by the ankle. You can also sew them on the rear end of the pants to make faux pockets. The zippers can be any length or color you desire, sewn on with black thread. You can also use colored thread for a contrasting look.

Step 4

Write your favorite lyrics or symbols with a permanent marker anywhere on the pants that you'd like. This makes the pants more personal and unique. If you have spray paint, feel free to use that to make the symbols or words bolder.


  • You can also add "D" or "O" rings -- small metal D -and O-shaped rings you can find at any craft store --to the sides of the pants and attach bondage straps in an X form across the back. A lot of safety pins is a punk staple when it comes to clothing. You can never have enough! Cut holes in or rip the knees if you wish. Accessorize with studded belts and combat boots. Fashion isn't about doing what everyone else does, so be as creative as you'd like.

About the Author

Tracy Moore holds a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in graphic design. She has extensive experience using graphics software in her professional and personal life. She also writes a column for a local newspaper on the latest technology developments.