I love the look of distressed denim and it’s a trend that seems to be sticking around. The trick to the perfect distressed look is to appear natural (even if it’s not) rather than looking like store bought rips and holes. Destroying your own pair of jeans is a lot cheaper than buying them at the store and it only takes a few steps. Sadly, my very favorite pair of jeans recently began to fall apart on me after years of wearing them way too often. I figured since they formed a hole on their own I could speed up the process and turn them into a cute distressed jean so I don’t have to give up on them quite yet! Here is an easy (and only somewhat time consuming) DIY tutorial on how to distress your own denim.
What you will need:
-Pair of old or inexpensive jeans
-Something for a hard surface (I used a piece of wood)
-Tweezers or pliers
-Cheese Grater (optional)
The original hole that started it all ^^^
Use the chalk to draw horizontal lines on the jeans where you want to make your cuts. Different lengths and spaces between the lines will make different shaped holes.
Slide wood (or whatever hard surface you used) into the pant leg. This will give you a hard surface and prevent you from cutting through the other side of your jeans.
Cut along the chalk lines with your razor
Denim is made of two different threads: vertical (blue) and horizontal (white). The goal is to remove the blue threads while keeping the white threads somewhat intact.
Use the tweezers to loosen some white threads on top and bottom of each cut. Loosening the white threads creates a frayed edge and will make it easier to remove the blue threads later. Only loosen the threads as wide as you want the fray.
Next, use the tweezers to pull out all of the blue threads in between the two cuts.
Run a cheese grater over a few random spots on your jeans to give it a distressed texture without making a hole (optional)
Go for a few subtle holes or go crazy with a mixture of large and small
Finished product lets me wear my favorite jeans in a new way.
Zoey wanted to get in the photo action