Thursday, June 30, 2016

Distressed Jeans Tutorial

Distressed jeans is one of the biggest trends in fashion right now, so how do I not own a pair of distressed jeans?  Well, I can not wear them to work, which is where I am most of the time, so I could not justify spending money on torn up jeans to wear a couple of times a month.  So, what is a girl to do?

Well, if you are this budget conscious girl, you will scour thrift stores and ThredUp for a pair that you like and will fit.  If that fails, then you will make your own!  I have several pairs of skinny jeans, so I thought I could sacrifice one of my older pairs and try to distress my own jeans at home.

They turned out great so I thought I would share my tutorial with you today, so you can try it too!  Of course, I headed to Pinterest for tips and used the methods found HERE and HERE.

Step 1:  Put the jeans on and use chalk to mark out where you want the distressing to be.

Step 2:  Decide if you want complete holes (like at the knees) with the edges frayed or holes with the strings still attached. (which is what I did)  Once you have decided, then use scissors to make your cuts.  I made a small cut at the top and bottom of where I wanted the distressing to be.

Step 3:  Use tweezers to pull the vertical strings, one at a time, out of your cut area.  This will leave the white horizontal strings across the opening.  It took a little while to do this step, but I worked on it while watching my favorite TV shows!

Step 4:  Use a cheap razor to shave the areas you want a roughed up, such as the tops of the pockets on the front and back.

Now you have your very own distressed jeans exactly the way you want them!

How many pairs of distressed jeans do you own and would you try this at home?

See how I styled them in this post!


  1. Thank you for sharing this tutorial! It looks so easy to do! I'm going to have to try it!

    Doused In Pink

    1. Jill, It was so easy and I did it while watching TV!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this! This seriously looks so simple and easy, and the outcome is super nice <3 So awesome!!

    1. Thank you Savannah! I was surprised by how easy it was and how great they turned out too!

  3. I don't know if I am brave enough to do this!

  4. I love this.. I love a good pair of distressed jeans & these turned out fantastic.

    1. Me too and it was so easy that I can't wait to do it on another pair!


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