March 21, 2012

DIY: Distressed Jeans




I've had this pair of jeans since first year University and though it holds memories with all sorts of ooohs and awwws... but I'm pretty bored with it. With distressed jeans being popular again I thought I'd DIY them myself. And contrary to popular belief a cheese grater will not create distressed threads, it will just make holes in your pants like you're a homeless person. So read on...

Here are the steps

1. Find a pair of jeans to distress. It's better to use actual denim instead of stretchy polyester/denim for this.

2. Cut two horizontal stripes and start pulling out the vertical threads in between.

3. Cut different horizontal lengths to get the uneven distressed look.

And you have your own pair of distressed denim! You can also try throwing the jeans in the wash after making the horizontal cuts instead of tweezing the threads out. I've never tried it myself but heard that works too.
{Photos by Pom, wearing DIY distressed jeans, Zara tank and BCBGeneration stripe blazer}

32 comments:

  1. I paint my jeans when bored with them. Have yet to try the distressed look though;-)

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  2. Who knew there was an art to properly putting holes in your jeans? Great tutorial!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  3. wow! great job!
    love it!
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    kiss
    www.thecurlylady.blogspot.com

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  4. Rip my own jeans? I CAN'T do it! :D

    I have lots of old sevens (7 for all mankind) that time has distressed, they're my favorites.

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  5. Nice job babe - I been wanting to try this myself.

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  6. Great DIY! I always wondered how to do this. Love your stripes, too!

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  7. julie, you look wonderful! i think this might be the 1st DIY on distressed jeans i've ever seen.

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  8. Nice! Thanks for sharing that. I've only made distressed jeans by wearing them too long :) Your way might be easier.

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  9. i love this style a have like 4 jeans like these, but my mom hate it hahaha she said that is a disaster look! but i just love it!!

    http://sticktofashion.blogspot.com/

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  10. I distress my jeans by gaining weight during the holiday season. =)

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  11. you're so crafty :) cheese grader, lol!

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  12. Wow... YOU DID SUCH A GREAT JOB on these!!!!

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  13. ur so great at diy-ing stuff! love this one!

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  14. I love this DIY, great way to spruce up an old pair!

    grace
    http://herumbrella.com

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  15. Haha, I used to distress my jeans, when I got bored in class, but my mum put an end to that after the third pair of jeans I "ruined."

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  16. i did not know that was how you distressed jeans!

    still slightly confused though...but im just really bad at anything DIY

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  17. they look really good- nice job!

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  18. Okay, I honestly needed this tutorial...aha, I want some distressed denim shorts!
    Thanks for sharing this :)

    Trendy Teal

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  19. your jeans looks so cool :) good advice, thanks :)

    http://excurlythoughts.blogspot.com/

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  20. You did such a great job with the jeans! I actually love the entire outfit! Every detail is perfect!

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://www.fashionthrill.com/

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  21. Wow, you are really pretty!

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    http://www.etsy.com/shop/prettylittletitch

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  22. They look great! I tend to paint in mine or sew things on them - well any I have left as I don't wear them much anymore!! x

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  23. Those jeans are so fab, I love them :) xoxo ♥

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  24. gonna try this when i'm free :D love the diys! :)

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    1. I like your DIY because it's easy.
      Have a great day!

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