So my OG start in fashion all started with DIYs and making clothes! I used to love sewing and making clothes from scratch, AND I got it all from my mama (fun fact)! But as time went on and college got more time consuming, I took more to styling and fashion consulting and that’s how I’ve come to where I am now. With my own blog and so much amazing content that I am so proud of!
But enough backstory, let’s talk about jeans! Recently, I’ve ventured back to my DIY roots by putting a pair of scissors to a couple of worn in and fading pairs of jeans I had sitting in my closet. I’ve always seen these cool jeans on the Gram and on Pinterest with large knee holes, but I could never find a pair that were, quite frankly, not wayyy too expensive for me. Sooo I did what I do best, and I made a way.
So yes, you probably guessed it. I’m going to show y’all how I took these perfectly good jeans and turned them into perfectly BANGING and on trend distressed jeans!
So the first thing you need to do is gather your materials! That will be:
- Your jeans (of course)
- a pair of scissors
- a miscellaneous piece of cardboard to prevent ripping through both sides of your jeans
2. Prep again!
Next you’ll lay you jeans out on a flat surface and then push that cardboard piece down to the knee portion of the jean around the point of which you’ll be cutting and ripping.
Tip: before you start, try on your jeans and make a tiny incision where your knee is so that you know exactly where you “knee” of the jean is while cutting!
3. Cut it!
Next up, you’re going to want to either cut or rip a line across the knee of your jeans around wear you made your incision with your scissors! You can cut as big or small of holes as desired. My cuts were quite large because I did want my whole knee to be exposed!
On top of the cuts and the holes, I also added a few stray rips around the initial hole to give it more of a natural distressed look!
4. Wash and Go!
So cut one leg, both legs, anything you desire AND THEN the last step is to wash your newly distressed jeans so that your cuts and holes can begin to fray and look as natural and professional as they do when you’re buying them from a store!
And then like magic, you’re done!!
I did go ahead and do this distressing on two pairs of my jeans and I have to say I liked the second pair even more than the first. So, I’ll include the photos I did take of that process as well! I forgot to do a full before and after but I have as much of the process as I remembered to document haha!
Also, I did try a different method, that being just cutting a large circular hole at the knee and then distressing around it, in attempts to save time and get more of a shape and this actually worked just as well!
This DIY is so easy and simple and can revamp an old piece in your wardrobe that you already own!