Steps on how to distress along the seams. Insert the original bottom pieces we set aside in step #4 into each pant leg.
Use scissors to cut small pieces off the very ends of your jacket, horizontal to the seam.
How to distress the bottom of jeans. Use the tool to pull at the threads of denim fabric off the bottom of the jeans. As you pull off threads the jeans will begin to fray. Mark the lines for each hole in a circular or diamond pattern, meaning that the longest line will be in the middle and then each one above and below will be slightly shorter (and the same length as each other), with the shortest lines being at the top and bottom.
To create this frayed hem on the jeans i cut the bottom of the jeans off and then used a knit picker tool usually used for sewing and fixing knit sweaters. For that iconic frayed look, tug at the hem of your jeans until frayed to your liking. Inserting an old magazine or a piece of cardboard underneath the area you’re distressing will protect the bottom layer of your jeans.
Draw lines to mark where you want the top and bottom of the holes you want to make. We often come across a new pair of jeans that we love and fit great. For bermuda shorts, you cut them off just above the knee.
Be careful not to cut the stitching that holds the end pieces together. At the top and bottom of where you want your hole to be, cut horizontally. Grab a pair of your old jeans to turn them into shorts.
Turn the jeans over and repeat the process on the back bottom. Protect the bottom layer of your jeans. It's all about placement so distress your jeans tastefully.
You can also use a disposable shaving razor to fray your pockets and the other areas. This will prevent your slices from hitting both layers of your jeans. First, slip on the jeans you want to distress.
Once you’ve made the first slit, add more slits (measuring 1.3 cm each) until you reach the top. Put the cutting gloves on. This leaves the white strings that run vertically and give your jeans that natural distressed look.
Distress also your jeans by roughing and painting them, just cut down the bottom seams of your jeans and then paint your jeans for a glam rustic appeal. Launder the jeans immediately after bleaching to remove the bleach residue and prevent it from further distressing the hems. Then take your tweezers and pull the blue threads out.
How to distress & fray denim. Dip a toothbrush into diluted bleach or squeeze the liquid from a bleach pen onto it. Focus on areas that would wear down.
For a rather impressive hole in the knee area, it's best to start cutting two inches above. Use your sandpaper to distress these cuts. Make slits or cuts with the knife or a pair of scissors.
This time we're learning how to distress/destroy a pair of jeans as well as basic reconstruction. To distress your jeans with a razor, add the first slit where the bottom hole should be. Put your jacket through a cold wash to get rid of any remaining debris.
Take a (safe!) razor blade and add slits between the lines of the section you're distressing, starting at the bottom mark. Place your jeans face up on a flat surface. Rub the toothbrush along the hems to make the distressed spots stand out.
For even more of a frayed vibe, pop your jeans in the washer and dryer to cause additional unraveling. Measure how long you want them to reach from your waist to where you want them to hit. For short shorts, you cut them off one to two inches below the bottom line of your buttocks.
Use a washable marker to mark where you want to distress. Press the material together and allow it to dry for 3 minutes. The first few threads will be harder to get out, but as more come out, it gets easier.
Insert a thin utility knife mat or piece of scrap cardboard between the layers of each leg to keep the cuts from going all the way through. Use your index finger to apply a thin layer of tear mender inside of the cuff at the bottom of the pants to make the fold permanent. Use chalk to roughly mark the area you want to distress.