How To Fray Jeans

It happens to everyone: Finally, you find jeans that fit your curves and bends like a glove. If you aren’t a runway model, the chances are that your jeans are a bit too long. Hemming might be necessary. You might also find that your favorite pair of jeans has begun to tear from the repeated rubbing you have done on its hem. Instead of hiring a professional tailor to fix the problem, you can do it yourself with a pair scissors and a pair or scissors. This will give your jeans a worn-in, vintage look and also create a frayed effect.

You’re probably not a master DIYer. You don’t need to be a master DIY-er for this project. Grab your jeans (we used Levi’s(r), Slight Curve Slim Jeans) and turn up the music. We’ll show you how to achieve perfect ankle-skimming jeans. You might not want to listen to an entire album. With any luck, you can have perfect frayed jeans in just five songs.

It’s a phrase you probably heard from your mom as a child: “Why aren’t you buying jeans that have already been ripped?” “Yes, it is! But distressed jeans look so much more casual and cool than regular denim. Even though she was correct, distressed jeans can be more expensive than unripped pairs. You can achieve the same worn-in look by yourself, but there are many ways to do it. The best part is that you will be able to save money!

These methods almost all use common household items (I’m sure you have tons of Bobby pins around). With a little patience and some time, any pair of jeans can be transformed into the worn-out, frayed, or holey pair that you have always wanted. You can use one, two or all of the tips to distress your jeans as you wish.

First Step: Trace Your Cutting Line

Fraying jeans means literally cutting up the material. Fashion stylist Mickey Freeman suggests marking the line that you will be cutting with a pencil to avoid making an irreversible error.

2nd Step: Trim the Inseam

Grab a pair of scissors once you have figured out where you are cutting. Nicola Mielke is the Director of Global Design at Lee Female and recommends that you make the cut a bit longer than you would like.

3: Fray

“Fraying” can be described as the act of tearing or wearing fabric at its edges by constant rubbing or straining. Freeman and Mielke explain that you can either fray jeans in one of two ways. Mielke first pulls the fabric apart with her hands to create a true fray. She tells InStyle that if the jeans are still not frayed to my liking, she grabs a pair blunt scissors and combs in a downwards direction.

Freeman uses a disposable razor or a small travel-sized loofah to “grind against” the grain.

He says, “I know I’m moving in the right direction when I see lighter colored frays begin to appear.” The rough edge of a pair or scissors can give the cut a worn appearance.

4: Wash and Dry Your Jeans

Is it possible to make designer jeans look so soft and light? The same effect can be achieved by washing distressed denim.

Freeman tells us that after achieving the desired level in wear, she applies non-splash bleach to the loose threads for an hour to brighten them. Then, she runs the jeans through a wash cycle. Mielke adds that a gentle tumble setting is “to fluff the threads” when it comes time to dry.

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Own Pair Of Distressed Jeans

Fade dye (optional).

Jeans that have been washed a few times are more appealing to me. This can be achieved by washing jeans for at least two years. Or, you can do what I did and mix 50-50 water with bleach. To give the bleach water a streaky look, I used a brush to paint the jeans with bleach water. I concentrated most of it at the knees because that is where jeans fade the fastest.

To make them lighten, I let the bleach water sit overnight. After that, an hour later I washed them and dried them. I then painted the seams (where denim tends to retain color the longest) one more time to give them an even fade.

You can also use a mixture of bleach and water to lighten the entire pair if you don’t have one. However, this won’t lighten any particular area. If you are happy with the color, you can skip this step.

Trim the edges and pockets.

A regular disposable razor or sandpaper is one of the fastest ways to fray jeans. These are especially useful when you need to go over pockets, the waistband, or zipper. You can simply use the razor to scrape or press the sandpaper in a circular motion until you achieve the desired look. The items can be used to create frayed patches for the jeans.

Make smaller holes with bobby pins

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These are great for subtle distressing. To create tiny holes in the denim, use a bobby pin that has a blunt edge.

Find big threaded holes and cut them.

This is my favorite way of distressing jeans, because it gives them a cool look. Start by cutting horizontal strips about an inch apart. The strips should be as long as the hole you desire. Use a pair of tweezers to remove all blue threads from the strips. The white threads in denim run horizontally while the blue runs vertically. You can achieve horizontal white threaded looks by removing the blue threads. To make it a bit more messy, I also tore some white threads.

Use sandpaper to soften the texture.

Use sandpaper to make your jeans feel more worn-in. Keep in mind that the coarser the grit (i.e. the more rough the sandpaper), will cause more holes in your jeans. If you are only looking to soften the fabric, then choose one with a lower grit.

DIY Fraying Jeans

With a few tricks, you can spice up your jeans. You will need a pair of scissors and a piece or wire to spice up your jeans. We’ll show you how to do this:

Place the jeans on the ground and smoothen them. Take a pair or scissors and begin to trim the jeans approximately 5mm below the desired length. The excess will be needed later for fringes. Make sure the cut is straight.

To fray the cut ends, you will need to use a needle or piece of wire. To do this, hold the jeans at the end with one hand and pull the threads out with the wire or needle in the other. The threads will be easier to pull out if you stretch the jeans’ ends with your fingers.

After you have removed the threads from the cut ends, wash your jeans in the washer. The edges will fray more. For the best results, set your washing speed to high. Jeans will begin to fray more quickly if they are worn more frequently.

Apply some textile adhesive to the edges where fringes begin to get thicker. This prevents the fabric separating even further.

Use a wire brush to also treat frayed ends

You can easily scratch the edges of fabric with a wire brush to make your fringes bushier.

How do you make frayed jeans shorts.

You can make shorts super easy with boyfriend’s jeans. The longer the legs of the pants, the better. You should trim the trouser legs so they are shorter on their outside. This flatters the leg.

You can customize your jeans by fraying the legs more. Use the scissor to scrub the ends. The finishes will eventually fray after washing.

For the cold season, frayed jeans can also be worn. Just slip on some thick pantyhose and slip on some cool boots.

If you prefer it to be more chic, add a T-shirt or casual sweater and blazer.

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