DIY Distressed Denim

Ripped Jeans? Count me in.

I’m a fan of having a mix of high-end denim and thrifted denim, and sometimes I get really lucky with thrifted denim.

Last year, I found a pair of Calvin Kleins for $12 that were a boyfriend fit. They were perfect for a little distress project, so here’s just two easy steps to distress your thrifted finds when you just can’t find those high-end distressed pair.

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1. Fray the edges of the pockets and the bottoms. 

The easiest way to do this is using a razor. This gifts your jeans an edge, if you don’t want to flat out create holes in them.

2. Cut a small horizontal slit across the knee area with scissors and use a tweezer to do the rest

To start, cut horizontal strips about half an inch long or as long as you want the hole to be. Then, take a pair of tweezers and pluck all of the blue threads out of the strips. In denim, the white threads run horizontally and the blue run vertically. You can also tear some of the white threads to make my hole a little messier. Like so:



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This is what the final cut should look like!

I loved the final result and to add some edge, I cut off the bottom hem and used a razor to distress the edges. Good luck distressing!engaged!


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