Making Distressed Jeans

Why pay extra for distressed jeans when you can create the effect at home. This is a guide about making distressed jeans.
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July 13, 2010 Flag

Ripped denim short shorts and distressed artistically ripped denim jeans are all the fashion. This is the perfect chance to either get you or a teenager you know into DIY! Just look for the pictures on the net, then reproduce at home for a lot less.

By pamphyila from L.A. CA

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July 13, 20100 found this helpful

You can use a cheese grater for even more distress. I used one and it worked great and also after you cut your hole, take the scissors and open them all the way and take the edge of the scissors and rub the edge of the hole and it will make them fray way faster. Lol and also youtube has great videos on how to distress jeans.

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July 14, 20100 found this helpful

Instead of buying a new pair and doing the distressing yourself, just shop at your local secondhand store. You can find jeans there that are already soft and the wear is natural. You can add more distressing to these, if you want, too. You can probably pick up a pair of used jeans for just a couple dollars.

Coleen

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August 9, 20110 found this helpful

I agree with the thrift shop option, distressing them yourself is a lot of work but I would imagine that it would have the advantage of getting to choose which parts of the jeans are distressed.

That way you can keep it limited to parts of the jeans that don't naturally wear through so fast.

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I just bought a jean skirt. It has one distressed hole and I would like to make a few more. These are the holes that are like torn around the edges and the last layer of jean is still showing so it's not really a "hole". Does anyone know how to make these? Please help.

Chassidy

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Making Distressed Jeans

I used a nail file to distress my jeans. Just rub it over the area that you want a hole in, and it will wear away the fibers and look quite natural. You can also use a pumice stone. After that, wash a few times and they should look just like store-bought.
(07/25/2005)

By Marn

Making Distressed Jeans

I've distressed my jeans by using sandpaper. You want to find something to wear down the fibres rather than tearing them or cutting them. (07/25/2005)


By Trix

Making Distressed Jeans

My daughter distresses hers with a grater, sand paper and single edge razor blade. Be careful! (07/25/2005)

By cookwie

Making Distressed Jeans

I use pumice stone. They turn out really nice. (08/04/2005)

By Sam

Making Distressed Jeans

I used a nail file and that makes little holes, pumice stones work so much better. (08/17/2005)

By !0 year old

Making Distressed Jeans

Distressed jean are so in right now. You should use a pumice stone (one of those foot thingys) but here the secret: Take a pair of scissors and make little horizontal cuts, I mean like about 1-2 inches across and space them about a half inch apart going down. Make about 5-7 of these little cuts and then start rubbing with the stone. Do as many of them as you want over your jeans then wash them (08/29/2005)


By Tonya.

Making Distressed Jeans

I think you should get a skateboard and grind they will eventually tear "or" get you some knee pads and grind your knee against concrete that always works ;) (09/04/2005)

By Amanda

Making Distressed Jeans

Hey what I did was I took a knife and kept going up and down and it eventually started tearing it. I think that was a awesome idea! (BE VERY CAREFUL!) (09/21/2005)

By Aly

Jeans

Nail file works well and so does a knife.
(09/22/2005)

By Justin

Making Distressed Jeans

Use a cheese shredder (with small holes). (09/25/2005)

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Making Distressed Jeans

Someone up there said skate. Well you could also sit down, turn a skateboard upside down, and rub the skateboard really hard along your leg with the pants on. The skate grip tape will give you those folded looking rips. Use some chepo goodwill jeans, because it doesn't always look the same. (10/30/2005)


By me

Making Distressed Jeans

I used a knife and a cheese grater. Also if you have steel wool, you can rub it on the slits you made. =) Have fun!
(01/11/2006)

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Making Distressed Jeans

I used sandpaper, a knife, and some scissors to start. Afterwards, I used a little bit of bleach around the edges of the tear and I splashed it here and there. In the end, my pants looked really good! (03/26/2006)

By cool person

Making Distressed Jeans

I used bleach, cheese grater, scissors, sandpaper, and glitter! Makes it look like Abercrombie jeans! No one knows the difference! Be careful! (04/07/2006)

By C.

Making Distressed Jeans

OK. Well I have done this many times and most of the time it works very well. You will need: a nail clipper and a rough scratchy rock or good sandpaper. Use the nail clipper to make very small ant sized holes and do it on groups close together, about the size of a quarter maybe. Take the sand paper/rock and rub it over the little holes until it forms a frayed 'torn' look. (05/14/2006)

By lenz

Making Distressed Jeans

I had old jeans from American Eagle and I wanted to put rips or distressed holes in them. So I picked the spot where I wanted it and used sandpaper to make a hole. It worked well! (08/04/2006)

By conley

Making Distressed Jeans

I distress my jeans by using scissors to cut little holes along the seams. I just did it on my aandf jeans (looks great!) (08/17/2006)

By allyssa

Making Distressed Jeans

Well there are all kinds of ways to make holes in jeans, but you should try a cheese grater. It works for me, but I don't know if it will work for you. (08/22/2006)

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Making Distressed Jeans

First use a nail clipper make a little hole. Then run a knife over it a few times till white thread shows. Then take a toothpick and run bleach around the hole or on the jeans then wash. So cool! (09/21/2006)

By caitlin

Making Distressed Jeans

We used to distress everything in high school. This is how we did it, very easy. Whatever you want to distress or break in, jeans, shoes, shirts, tie them to 6' of rope. Drive to a dirty gravel road. Tie them to you bumper and drag them. Do this a few times. It worked great. (09/25/2006)

By M

Making Distressed Jeans

I used a razor blade, glitter, scissors, and a cheese grater with small holes.

All you have to do is spread glue where you want glitter and take the razor and shave the pants where you want holes and then cut tiny little holes with the scissors and rub with cheese grater. Repeat as needed. (09/27/2006)

By indigo

Making Distressed Jeans

Thanks for the help!(01/07/2007)

By Sarah

Making Distressed Jeans

I just bought 5 pairs of medium blue jeans for 6.75 each at JC Penney (Arizona Jeans) and plan to distress them in four different ways, leaving one pair as my "nice" pair. I'm fading one by soaking it in bleach and water right now. I'm going to use a cheese grater on another later tonight. (04/13/2007)

By Amanda

Making Distressed Jeans

The best way is to use a very sharp razor and slit 1-2 inch slices VERY close together. Then take your sharp scissors and rub the blade in one direction use hard pressure when the white shows stop, look at what you did and if you need to move up or down go to that spot if you rub to much the threads will tear and tada a big hole. you can also use sand paper or cheese grater for the pockets and legs. Another thing to do is use a hack saw blade for those frayed rips this works really good. Do the same for T-shirts and they will look just like affliction style shirts look out fashion world we are coming after you hard! (07/12/2007)

By JRAVE71

Making Distressed Jeans

Here's the thing, I have tried everything and nothing was looking like how I wanted it to. So I used a bread knife and went from side to side on my jeans until it started to look worn, but not so it was making holes. Then I used a pumice stone and went from side to side until I got the look I was going for, which is like abercrombie and fitch jeans. You could use sandpaper too probably. (07/22/2007)

By cait

Making Distressed Jeans

We used to hang our jeans against a fence or tree and shoot a BB gun at the jeans to make perfectly round holes, then make the holes bigger by running a spoon through the holes and twisting until we got the perfect size "round" holes! (09/07/2007)

By Carlena

Making holes in my jeans.

I have a pair of Abercrombie and Fitch jeans that I want big holes in, but I still want there to be the white string in between the holes. How do I do so? The razor and cheese grater did not work well. (09/20/2007)

By jill

Making Distressed Jeans

We are going to try the cheese grater first. If that doesn't work, then we will try nail clippers and bleach. (09/21/2007)

By

Making Distressed Jeans

I used sandpaper on my A+F jeans. It worked really well. If you rub the sand paper on them it well make it so you don't have holes, but still have the strings in the holes. But if u keep rubbing you will make a hole. It works great :) (10/29/2007)

By tryyyyyyyyyy this

Making Distressed Jeans

I think if you use a jagged stake knife and rub from left to right fast, it works, or a pocket knife but that takes a bit longer! Then take a safety pin to pull out the colored part carefully leaving white strings, u gotta be very careful tho, because if you do it wrong it cuts the strings and looks crazy, I'm going to buy a whole bunch of different tools tomorrow to try other things, but this idea works easily but takes time!(b)(/b) (10/31/2007)

By Jen

Making Distressed Jeans

OK seriously this works. I just distressed my jeans like 2 hours ago. Ok so I used a nail file (I think you could use sandpaper. And you wear the jeans and put the spot where you want the hole on your knee. Then you take the file and file until it gets really thin at the hole area. Then take off the pants and slide something under like a cutting mat. Then take scissors and open them up really wide and take the point and slit sideways until you see white lines. Then when you get a few lines out, you take the file and keep taking off the lint and there's your hole! (02/14/2008)

By Michael Wang

Making Distressed Jeans

I got a foot scraper it gets the holes perfect. (02/19/2008)

By Freshkid

Making Distressed Jeans

I distress jeans on a regular basis and have done tons for friends and my favorite technique for holes with the white strings is to use Bic disposable razors and just rub on areas and wipe away the lint and then tada, distressed jeans! (02/19/2008)

By Jessa

Making Distressed Jeans

I just made a pair of distressed jeans by following your advice, a pumice stone, nail clippers, and a nail file, then I dabbed some bleach around the holes with a Q-tip and threw them in the washer and WOW, just as if I would have bought them at a store!
(08/31/2008)

By Dee N.

Making Distressed Jeans

You can use a box cutter and go against the grain. What I mean by that is there are vertical and horizontal grains in jeans and you have to look close at the jeans to tell. Not difficult though. I usually use a pencil and trace the part I want to look distressed and go against the grain with the boxcutter; not too rough, but enough where you can see a little distress. Then I use a cheese grater and went with the grain and there you have it distressed jeans. You can do it a few times to your liking. (10/08/2008)

By Veen

Making Distressed Jeans

I am going to school and I had to make a pair of distressed jean in 40 minutes and I did! I used a finger nail file and a pair of scissors and they turned out great! (12/03/2008)

By none of your concern

Making Distressed Jeans

Ah I'm so scared to do it:/ I don't wanna ruin my jeans. Can they distress jeans for you at like a tailor or something? So a professional can do it:) (12/14/2008)

By kennyg

Making Distressed Jeans

I use a ped egg, works great :) (12/19/2008)

By Linda

Making Distressed Jeans

I'm making distressed jeans as we speak. All I'm using is a cheese grater and a box or you can use wood. Just put the box in the jeans and rub the grater on the jeans and rub up and down hard on the jeans. If you want holes, don't be afraid to go crazy! (01/07/2009)

By Iris

Making Distressed Jeans

It has be neat to see all the others that needed help I used a foot scrubber, broken razor (it fell in the shower), one of my dad's saw blades, and a nail file. I also shoved a block of wood up the leg it helped hold it still and made it way easier. (01/23/2009)

By simone

Making Distressed Jeans

I put the jeans on. Get a knife. Go up and down really hard and really fast. Wash them. Then add bleach. Then wash again. This works great.

I bought a pair of Goodwill jeans for $6 and I sold them at a yard sale for $30. I promise this will work :) (02/27/2009)

By nikki

Making Distressed Jeans

Dremel sanding attachment or flat belt sanding. A knife is quick but may just gouge. (10/24/2009)

By jojo the clown boy

Making Distressed Jeans

I recently bought a pair of AE jeans (that I wasn't too fond of), and one of the first times I wore them, the ripped at the knee. A hideous unfashionable hole. I took a steak knife to the top and bottom of the hole, don't cut, but slant the knife and rub against the jean material. It easily rubs away enough material to make it 'thread bare' they are now my one of my favorite pairs of jeans! Also, rub some bleach around the hole to lighten the fabric, gives it more of a distressed look. The bleach is activated by warm water. Also, a little splatter of white nail polish around the front pockets never hurts! (02/16/2010)

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