I love a good DIY project but sometimes the number of steps or materials required are daunting. When you end up spending more on a DIY project than if you bought it pre-made, it’s such a downer! That’s why I’m excited to share this easy DIY “project” today. And by project, it takes about two minutes and requires basically no instruction. But humor me and read this like you didn’t know to take a pair of scissors to your jeans. The best part? It’s completely FREE and totally easy to make your own distressed jeans.
- Wash your jeans before distressing them.
- Put them on and either use a pencil, chalk, or mentally note where the pants hit your knees.
- Cut along the line you made. Make the first cut by folding some of the fabric in half then making a small snip. Make the cuts smaller than you think you’ll want them. With wear and washing, the cuts will extend naturally.
- Use the edge of the scissors, your fingers, or whatever tool you want to rough up the edges of the cut.
I find that using a pair of blunt scissors is actually better than a sharp pair. It helps make the cut a little less “smooth”. Plus, if you’re accident prone at least you’re dealing with less intimidating scissors. You can use tweezers, sandpaper, a pumice stone, or something porous to help loosen up some threads near the cut however I find the scissor to be adequate. Keep the scissors open and run the edges across the slit you just made to roughen it up. Remember that when you wash these, the machine will also do some further distressing for you. For best results, try not to dry them in the machine and opt for air drying. (If you dry your jeans, you’ll find that sometimes the frayed parts become shriveled up and curly.)
That’s all there is to it! So easy and free. Next time you’re shopping and see pricey distressed jeans, see if you can find a way to recreate them yourself!
Outfit details: Forever 21 gingham shirt | Old Navy denim jacket (sized up for a loose fit) | ZARA jeans (these olive skinnies are only $17!) | Sperry boat shoes (similar)| Rebecca Minkoff crossbody (this one under $100!) | BP sunglasses (only $12) | Aibi watch c/o (similar) | Gorjana cuff c/o Rocksbox