Frayed Denim DIY

I feel like distressed denim has been on quite the roll of late – from ripped and torn boyfriend jeans, to raw hems and frayed edges, anything goes. P1010938

Relaxed and casual denim works equally well with a t-shirt and flats (for a casual weekend vibe) or with heels and a blouse (toning down an outfit that may otherwise seem a bittoo pulled together). I am quite the proponent of the distressed look these days, so I decided to give my own jeans the DIY treatment by fraying the edges.

Whether you’re looking for a quick and cost-effective way to shorten your denim or just love the frayed look like me, transforming your jeans has never been easier. See below for simple step-by-step instructions.

P10108931. For this DIY, you’ll need the following supplies:

  • Denim
  • Heavy duty scissors
  • Tweezers

P10108952. Grab your scissors and get snipping! Cut your denim to the desired length. I cut mine right above the original hem, but if you’re cutting any further, you may want to pin your jeans at the desired length to ensure consistency from one pant leg to the other.

P10109013. With your tweezers, start pulling the thread horizontally to fray the hem. Your jeans will have lots of loose threads when all is said and done.

P10109504. Snip away the really long threads and voila! Your DIY is complete and your new (free!) jeans are ready for their debut.

You can fray as much or as little as you like – it’s completely up to you! I went for a light fraying at the hem of my dark jeans, but I’m keen to try out a heavier frayed edge on white skinny jeans for a different look and feel.

DIY-ing your denim is a really simple way to breathe new life into your old jeans, not to mention it will look like you have treated yourself to a brand new pair. It will be our little secret!

Melanie Anne



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