I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve never been big on buying jeans that already have holes in them. Then again, I was the kid who played hard enough to get holes in my jeans, so I was used to accomplishing tearing my pants. Buying them that way seemed like cheating.
Now I don’t typically tear my pants, but if I did, I think we would have a bigger issue on our hands. I don’t want to pay name brand prices for jeans that are already destroyed.
But here’s the catch.
I like destroyed jeans. Mucho.
And this is how I ended up here. You can do this d.i.y. with any pair of jeans that you have lying around-whether they are old and just need to be spiffied up, a pair from Goodwill, or a pair off of clearance like mine.
d.i.y. distressed jeans
for your distressed jeans you’ll need:
A pair of jeans, tweezers, scissors, a pencil, and a couple hours.
I got this pair of acid washed jeans at American Eagle on sale for $7 because they had a hole in one of the pockets. Nice deal, right?
This project shouldn’t take you much longer than a few hours, but it really all depends on how many holes you want to add.
To start, put on your jeans and use a pencil to mark where you want the holes to be with horizontal lines. After doing this, take off your jeans and use scissors to cut on the lines. IMPORTANT-make sure the lines are the same length as the one above or below it.
As you can see in the photo above, this is how it should look. I wanted a longer hole here but the holes can only be about an inch and a half long, otherwise this won’t work, so just add a horizontal cut the same size below if you want it longer than that.
Then you’ll need a pair of tweezers.
The better quality tweezers that you have, the easier this will be. You just need something that will have a good grip to pull out the strings.
If you look very carefully at the cut that you made, you can see the top of a whole bunch of strings that run vertically. These are what you need to take out in order to make the holes in your jeans. In the photo above, you can see that I’ve already pulled out a few of the strings.
Keep doing this until there are no more strings to be pulled out of each section.
Once you’ve done that, your distressed jeans should look something like this.
Continue this on all the other patches of your jeans that need to be distressed.
Once you finish pulling out all the vertical strings, simply put your new pair of distressed jeans into the washer and dryer and wash like normal. This will help give your jeans a more rugged look.
And TAH DAH. You’re all done! Congratulations! Now go out and enjoy your “new” distressed jeans.
Are you trying this d.i.y.? Put a photo up on instagram with the hashtag #honestlyhaley so I can see your project!