How to: Distress your own Denim

October 16, 2017

Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | How to: Distress your own denim

Today, I want to share my latest obsession of distressing my own jeans.  I love the look of distressed denim, but I've had bad luck finding distressed jeans that I really love.  They are either too distressed or not enough.  I feel like the ones that I really like are way out of my price range.  I feel like you shouldn't have to spend $70 + for a cute pair of distressed jeans.  That's why this fall I started looking over some of the jeans in my closet that I never wear anymore and I decided that I would make them new again by adding some holes to them and distressing them a bit. (sounds weird to make something new by destroying them, but hey it's the style.) 

I started searching on Pinterest for how to distress your own jeans and I was confused by some of the articles I found.  Some talked about using a cheese grader or sand paper.  Luckily, I was able to find a good video on YouTube that broke it down for me. 

So here are the steps I took to distress my jeans. 

Step 1: Pick out a pair of jeans that you want to distress.  I would go for an older pair or a cheaper pair of jeans that you wouldn't mind if you messed up.  The jeans I picked for this post are a pair of Express jeans that I've had in my closet for probably 10 years.  They needed a makeover!  I recommend that you do some research first on what style of distressed jeans you want.  I personally don't like too many holes, so I kept it simple with 2 holes on the knee and a small hole on the upper leg on one side.

Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | How to: Distress your own denim

Step 2: I used white eye shadow to mark where I wanted to make the cut.  (I read to use eye shadow in stead of a marker or pencil because it washes out easily.)

Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | How to: Distress your own denim

Step 3: Once you have your spots marked, start cutting.

Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | How to: Distress your own denim

Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | How to: Distress your own denim

Step 4: After you've made your cuts, use your fingers to fray the material a little until you see the white fibers.

Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | How to: Distress your own denim

Step 5: Once you've frayed the ends, you will be able to see the blue fiber ends.  Use a pair of tweezers to pull the blue fibers out.  This is the time consuming part.  I recommend you do this part in your bathroom or some where you can easily clean it up, because it gets a little messy.

Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | How to: Distress your own denim

Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | How to: Distress your own denim

Step 6: Once you're done with one hole, move on to the next and do the same technique until you're done.  I was very pleased with how my second pair of jeans turned out.  Now a pair of jeans that I was ready to put in my Goodwill bag a month ago are my new favorite pair of jeans.
Thrifty Wife, Happy Life | How to: Distress your own denim

I hope that was helpful.  Let me know if you have any questions.  I'd be happy to help!


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