I love distressed jeans. Since it's fall time and it's starting to cool down a bit (I can walk to the car now without breaking a sweat at times) I wanted to get some cute distressed jeans to wear. I have looked in so many places, but don't want to spend a lot because I mean $50 for some holey jeans??? No. I found a pair of gray Calvin Klein jeans at the thrift store for $4. Yes. I decided to Distress them myself and saved myself a ton of money. All you need is a razor, scissors and tweezers.
First thing I took a new razor to the pockets. You literally scrape the razor along the sides of the pocket or on any part of the pocket and you can see it lifts the fabric off. It makes little holes and looks like the jeans have been properly worn for a long time. It gives it that comfy worn in look. When scraping the fabric literally I pushed down and ran the razor over the areas multiple times. I just kept scraping the fabric until I got the look I was going for.
I used the scissors to snip the tops of the pockets and cut a small hole on inner (coin?) pocket on the jeans. I only used tip of the scissors to make the little snips and didn't go below the seam of the pockets. I then ran the razor over it to snag it up a bit and made it look choppy.
And of course the hole in the knee. I tried my pants on and cut a small hole before I cut the knee open. That way I knew where the hole was going.
Lastly I made distressed holes, without making it a gaping hole, with tweezers. I cut a little hole with your scissors and then approximately one inch or so down cut another one. I took the tweezers and carefully removed only the colored fabric by pulling down on the colored threads. What was left was the white jean strings covering the hole. I did these a bit higher on the jean leg and on the back pockets.
Love how these turned out. Super easy to do and fun because they are one of a kind! I did cut the bottoms off because I love that worn "don't care" look right now. If you wanted to keep the bottoms hemmed you could snip the hem with scissors to make little cuts and run the razor over them to give them that worn look. The bottom of the jean is important to keep in mind because you don't want a perfect looking hemmed jean while the rest of the jeans look worn. This is a great way to make a pair of distressed jean shorts as well! Just cut off the pant leg to your liking and distress the shorts the same way! Hope this gives you some motivation to try this yourself and save money in the process!
Hi I'm Ruth!
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