How to Easily Distress Your Own Jeans At Home

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Jeans are my go to when I'm feeling like I don't know what to wear because I know I can pair with any top, any shoes and put my hair in any style and still look put together. With that being said, I feel the most comfortable or the most myself in ripped jeans. I love to distress my own jeans because I love the fact that they're custom and they're easy to make! Here is how to distress your own jeans at home.

What You'll Need:

  1. Hole-less Jeans
  2. Scissors
  3. A pen
  4. Tweezers

That's it. Easy so far, right?

How To Distress Your Own Jeans:

First, put on your jeans. Then using a pen, roughly mark where you want your holes, it doesn't need to be dark, just a rough draft of where your holes with be.Next, lay your jeans on the floor, table, or counter - any hard surface is ideal. Using scissors, cut along the lines you made to make holes. Once your cuts are made, [in between cuts] use tweezers to pull the dark denim strands out and away from the white fray. You may have to tug a little at first, but be patient, once you get the first few strands, it gets easier. Continue and repeat this process on all holes.Once you've completed these steps, you can either leave as is you make smaller cuts for flaps [as seen in video] or cut some fray to make them look more distressed.The last step [optional] is to use open scissors to scrape the jeans to make small holes or hole-less distressing. Before scraping, make sure to be holding one side of the jeans up so that if the scissor creates a hole, you don't go through both sides of the jeans. Use the scissors in an open position to then scrape until you are happy with your holes/hole-less distressing. Skip this step or wear gloves if you are not comfortable using open scissors.how to easily distress your own jeans at home

Final Product:

Try on your jeans and make sure you like the holes you've created, any last minute pulls, tugs and distressing can be done at this time. When you are satisfied with your distressing, wash and dry your jeans. I always wash my jeans after distressing and before wearing to fray the edges a little more.That's it! It takes a little bit of time to do and get used to but the finished product is so rewarding! Distressing jeans is a trial and error process and there is no right or wrong way to do it. Have fun with it! The whole point is to distress, destroy, and make them custom!

Watch this video for a visual step-by-step on how to create your own distressed jeans!

 If you use this tutorial to create your own distressed jeans, I'd love to see your creation! Tag me on Instagram @shylacino

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