How to Distress Your Denim

Lately, I’ve been getting great deals on awesome vintage denim on eBay. The other day, I found a great pair of vintage relaxed fit Levi’s, but when they arrived, they were this weird in-between length!

I’m 5’8″ so I tend to run into this problem a lot, especially when buying second hand clothing. Luckily, there are so many ways to get creative with denim. One of my favorite ways to spruce up denim is to distress it!

It’s a super easy project and I love the way it makes jeans look. Read on to see how I do it, and try it yourself!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Jeans
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Seam ripper

I start by cutting off the hem. Then, from the inside, I use a seam ripper to pull out some of the white threads (about 4-5 rows up) which makes the blue part fray. You can always go back and give more height, so start small here!

Once I’m done with the seam ripper, I run the jeans through the washer/dryer. (Word of advice: before drying, make sure you know if your jeans are non-stretch or not, you can always air dry).

After the jeans are all dry, you should have some cute fringe at the bottom! I also love to run coarse sand paper over the pocket edges, as well as over the knee for a light distressing.

Check out the full video tutorial here:

Let me know how your distressing projects go here or over at my Instagram! Can’t wait to see how yours turn out!



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