DIY Distressed Jeans

4 Materials
$20
1 Hour
Easy

I love the look of distressed jeans, but who wants to spend money on jeans that are torn up? I decided to put my DIY skills to use and distress a pair of jeans I already had and it has become one of my most popular blog posts. I have since done three other pairs and it is so easy! You can use jeans you already have on hand or find an inexpensive pair secondhand (in case you are afraid of messing up!)

Mark the areas to distress

I decided I wanted a few threadbare areas and distressing on the edges of the pockets. Put on the jeans and use a piece of chalk to mark the location and size of the distressing.

Make the cut

Decide if you want complete holes with the edges frayed or holes with the strings still attached across the middle (which is what I did.) 


Once you have decided on the look you are wanting, use scissors to make your cuts. I made a small cut at the top and bottom of the area where I wanted the distressing to be.

Create the frayed look

Use tweezers to pull the vertical strings, one at a time, out of your cut area. This will leave the white horizontal strings across the opening. It took a little while to do this step, but I worked on it while watching my favorite TV shows!

Here is a look of what the hole looks like after fraying.

Distress the pockets

Use a disposable razor to shave the edges of the pockets on the front and back, to get a worn look.

Wash and wear

When you finish distressing them, throw them in the washing machine and dry them to soften the distressing. They are the perfect compliment to a plain T-shirt!

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