October 1, 2014

DIY: Distressed Jeans

There are certain fashion trends that I am sure are never, ever going to die. To me, distressed jeans are up there with leopard print and the LBD.  So, I have embarked on a distressing journey for my latest DIY project by cutting, sanding and pulling threads out of an old pair of jeans, giving them a new lease on life.  It's a great DIY for those that have a little bit of patience and love to work out their aggression.

Wearing: Gap Boyfriend Jeans // Loft Top // Jeffrey Campbell Shoes, similar  // Tory Burch Bag // Vintage Earrings and Bracelet

Steps and Supplies:

What you will need:
  • Pair of skinny or boyfriend jeans
  • Box cutter
  • Scissors
  • Sand paper
  • Tweezers

How to:

1. Put your jeans on and mark with a pen where your knees are.  You will want to make a mark above and below your knee.

2. Take your jeans and fold them in half so that the seams are in the middle.  Using your scissors, cut your jeans where your marks were, making sure you do not cut the seams.

3. While applying pressure, rub your sandpaper over the cuts to loosen the threads. 

4. Pull out the individual blue vertical threads with your tweezers to reveal the white threads. The first one can be difficult, but once you start, it is super easy!

5. Next, you will want to create some distressed parts, which is where the white weft of the denim shows.  To prevent cutting through to the back of the jeans, slip a folded magazine into the parts you are going to cut.  

6.  Using your box cutter, make several parallel cuts.

7.  Rub your sand paper over the cuts for that worn in look. 

8.  Using your tweezers go back and pull out any loose blue vertical threads to expose the white weft.

9.  Small parallel cuts made with the box cutter and should look like this.

10.  Finally throw your jeans in the washer to make them look more distressed.  The more you wash them the better they will look!

LOVE this look but don't dare to try this DIY? Here are some of the hottest distressed jeans ready to wear:

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  1. Love your bag.


  2. Monica, what a great post! I will for sure try it! Honestly, one of my favorite posts:-) As always, you look beautiful and so put together. I really like the top you are wearing and the shoes too. Thanks for sharing! Love, Jeannette

  3. Thank you, Jeanette! You're so sweet! xo

  4. wow this an awesome diy! I only have on pair of ripped denim and I have a couple of old jeans that I would love to reinvent! I will try this project! Thanks so much for sharing :) I invite you to visit my blog and if you like it let me know if you like it and would like to follow each other to stay in touch.





  5. What?! You did the destruction yourself? I had no idea this was a DIY from looking at the first photo. Amazing. They look store bought.


  6. Remember when we were kids and our parents threw our jeans away as soon as they showed signs of wear? Now we methodically rip them ourselves or we pay big bucks for the look. Times sure do change.

  7. Great tutorial!! I love distressed jeans... ( eventually u will see me in them) your looks great and I love those black heels with them.

    from the link up

    please stop by, jess


  8. Monica ! I will for sure try it . Great job :) you look great :) x


  9. Smarty pants ... literally! Excellent.

  10. Just perfect! I'm so glad to see that Loft top on you. I'm waiting for it to arrive on my doorstep. Do you have it tucked in? In the pictures online it looked a little loosey goosey for me but I love the mixed patterns.

  11. Love your DIY distressed jeans - you make it look so easy but I feel like I might mess up!

    xo, Maddy


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