DIY Distressed Jeans in 5 Steps

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Dying to get in on the distressed jean trend, but not willing to pay that hefty money tag attached to  ripped designer Jeans.  It’s fun and easy to turn even the oldest, most unfashionable pair of jeans into bohemian-chic attire in 5 Simple Steps .


  • Denim of choice— faded jeans or go to your local thrift store or purchasing an inexpensive pair of jeans.
  • A sharp, pair of scissors or more specifically, sewing scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Pencil/chalk (optional)


Step 1: First, try on the denim to have an idea of what areas you would like to distress. If you would prefer to make a mark rather than simply eyeball where on the jeans you intend to distress, use chalk or a pencil.

Step 2: Cut straight, horizontal slits over the areas you want to distress. The slits should be 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch from each other, which will make pulling out the indigo threads (i.e., the synthetic thread of the dyed and manufactured denim material) even easier. These threads will need to be pulled out one by one but once to get the hang of it, the process is fast. After this is done you will be left with the white distressed threads that give distressed jeans their worn away look.  *Remember this doesn’t have to be perfect since most of the extra treads left over will be washed away in the wash*

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Step 4: Use the tweezers to pull the indigo threads, but only in the areas you’ve cut. Optional (Add bleach) Bleaching certain parts of your jeans will make them look extra distressed.

Step 5: Toss your jeans into the wash and dry them. This adds to the distressed look further.

Good-luck making your own Pair. Check out the ones I made out! 

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