DIY: Distressed Denim

August 21, 2015 — by Griffin Thall



DIY: Distressed Denim

August 21, 2015 — by Griffin Thall


Those expensive ripped jeans are beautiful, but we shouldn’t have to break the bank every time we go shopping. We’d rather spend our hard earned dollars on beach vacations and bracelets anyway 🙂 With a little time, patience and an old pair of jeans, you’ll be chic in your brand new old jeans!



Old Pair of Denim Jeans
Stainless Steel Wire Brush (We purchased one from our local hardware store for $3)



1) Grab your pair of jeans and put them on. Stand in front of a mirror and snip small slits (about 3 cm) with your scissors where you want the rips to be. This way, there won’t be any surprises if you cut the holes without putting the jeans on first.

2) Take off the jeans and lay them on a flat, hard surface. There will be thread and fabric fuzzies after you’re done, so doing this on a carpet is not recommended. Starting with one of the slits, gently, but forcefully rip the fabric in a relatively straight line until you’re happy with the size of the hole. You can cut more slits above and below each rip depending on the look you’re going for. You can also cut entire holes (think rectangle shape instead of a line) for a really dramatic look. Free air conditioning, hey!

3) Grab your wire brush and go to town. This is where it takes a bit of patience. Brush away the thread on each rip, moving the brush in both circular and straight motions. Don’t be afraid to really get in there and damage the fabric! The more brutal you are with the brush, the more strings will come loose.


4) Once you’re happy with the amount of distressing, throw your new (old) jeans in the washer/dryer. This will encourage the newly exposed threads to fray. Et voila! Distressed denim for only a few dollars AND we up cycled.




Bracelets: Pura Vida Bracelets
Custom Vans: @vansbymanna
Camera: Fujufilm Instax Mini 8
Towel: Sand Cloud

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