13 August 2015

DIY | How to Distress Jeans at Home

Hello!

The title of this post really makes me laugh. Like your jeans have had a bad time recently and you're trying to de-stress them. Run it a bubble bath with some scented candles and whale songs. Just me? No? Moving on!

I've saw a few different posts like this around the blogger world the past few months and although I really liked the look, I never knew if it would suit me - having big thighs and all! But I recently brought a new pair of jeans and I thought instead of throwing away my old jeans, I could distress them and if I didn't like them, it's not like I've wasted money! Perfect!

MATERIALS
  • Denim Jeans obviously
  • A sharp, brand new pair of scissors or more specifically, sewing scissors
  • Tweezers 
  • Sandpaper
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Chalk (not shown) 
DIRECTIONS 

1. First try your jeans on so you can have a small idea on where you want to distress. You can mark it up using some chalk if you're unsure.
2. Start to sandpaper around those areas you've marked to give it that extra work and faded look.
3. Grab your scissors and start cutting straight, horizontal slits over the areas you want to distress. You can make these however deep and thick as you like. Go crazy!
4. Use your tweezers to start picking at the threads in the cut you've just made to make it look super worn. 
5. When you're happy, throw them in the wash! Most of your cuts and pulls will even out and exaggerate more whilst in the washing machine.
6. Dry them off in your tumble dryer or on your washing line so you can see your final result. If you're not happy and want the jeans to look slightly more distressed, feel free to go over them again.
7. Rock those new jeans!

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 Not bad for my first attempt! 
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32 comments:

  1. Amazing post!This is excatly what I needed since I wanted to do this to one pair of my jeans.Distress jeans can be so expensive,but this is definitely an amazing idea.You did very well :) I'm impressed
    xoxo Antonella

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    1. Thank you :) It's a great idea if you have an old pair of jeans that you've fallen out of love with! Perfect way to revamp them! xo

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  2. ha! I used to do this when I was younger! :D I ruined so many good pair of jeans haha but yours looks so cool! Nicely done :)

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. It's not bad for my first attempt :) ha xo

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  3. These look so good! It seems much more worth it to do this to an old pair than pay a tenner extra for a pair of jeans that have like one slit at the knee, just me that is bothered by that? These look cool & I think you did a great job.
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    prettymadthings.blogspot.co.uk // xo

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    1. Thank you! I know exactly what you mean - why spend money on another pair of jeans when you can do it yourself to an old pair. Plus you can distress it to suit how you like it! xo

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  4. This could not have come at a better time - I'm cleaning out my closet. It will be nice to give this a try myself. I would just like to let you know that I have tagged you for the Liebster Award over on my blog.

    Love | Rachael Styles Me

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    1. It's super easy and even if you don't have all the materials, all you need is a good pair of scissors and a washing machine! And thank you :) I'll check it out! xo

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  5. I feel like this is definitely an art and takes some practice haha. Yours look awesome! (And I chucked at this post title too haha).
    xx, Pia

    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com
    @ gmybagsjetlags

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    1. Thank you :) And I completely agree that it takes some practice, I didn't realise how hard it was! xo

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  6. Natalie Ann, I LOVE this post! Thank you for the great DIY and your humor is so funny--I'm there with you on the whale songs :)

    Xoxo, Shelly

    www.shellystuckman.com

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  7. Haha, I was totally on your wavelength with the whole 'de-stress' thing! I've tried to do this at home before and it did not go anywhere near as well as it clearly has for you! Lovely post xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought about the whole 'de-stress' thing! And that's a shame :( maybe give it another go and try something different? :( Don't give up! xo

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  8. They look SO good!! I've tried distressing my own jeans but they never come out as good as this. Might give it a second go now :) xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  9. Wow, your jeans look so good! I cut rips in a pair once but that's as far as I went. When I saw it I could just imagine you shouting at your jeans and making them cry haha! Poor things.

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you :) And I did go easy on them! I didn't want to stress them out more ;) xo

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  10. Love the idea of this, and you'd never guess! Might have to give it a whirl the weekend.

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. Thank you :) And definitely give it a go if you have a pair of old unused jeans lying around! xo

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  11. The jeans look lovely. I definitely have to try and destress a pair!

    Ellen
    My Blog
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  12. When I did DIY's I used grater to distress my jeans :)

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    1. I did think of this when I was done but I think they turned out okay without it! xo

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