Wednesday, May 26, 2010

How to Make Distressed Jeans

Dying to get in on the distressed jean trend, but not willing to shell out major cash for ripped designer duds? Here's how to turn even the oldest, most unfashionable pair of jeans into bohemian-chic attire.


1. If making distressed shorts, cut them into shorts first.

2. Place a block of wood (or some other solid surface that you don't mind possibly damaging) within the pant leg or denim region you want to distress.

3. Rub a steak knife, cheese grater, or scissors vertically or horizontally against the area of denim that you would like to distress. Rub gently for mild distress; rub longer and more vigorously to create more visible distress (such as holes and tears).

4. Take scissors or knife and go up over the vertical hole you made to have the "distressed look".

5. Do not cut holes with scissors. This creates an unfrayed, and consequentially unstylish bland hole.

6. Fray jeans by rubbing sandpaper around pockets, knees, hemlines, or any other area of denim that you would like to have a soft, worn appearance.

7. Dampen a sponge with bleach and rub it around the outer edges of holes for a "distressed look".

8. Tear off a back pocket.

9. Wash your jeans.

10. Wear your newly stylish distressed jeans.