How to Make Your Own Frayed Jeans

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Frayed and tattered jeans may be all the rage right now, but don't be fooled into thinking you need to pay the high price to purchase the perfect pair of frayed jeans. You can do it yourself to any pair of jeans and get the same effect without shelling out an extra cent.

Things You'll Need

  • Pair of jeans
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle

Decide on the look you want to create. Frayed edges on the pant legs is certainly the easiest and quickest to do, but if you want a few frayed holes here and there, you can do that too.

Cut the edges that you want to fray. If you want the bottom of the legs to have the frayed look, simply cut the hem seam with a seam ripper or a sharp pair of scissors. Unroll the hem and make a few random horizontal cuts to the desired length of the frayed edge.

Using a large darning needle, begin pulling strands of material away from the edge. Don't worry if they do not pull evenly. Broken shreds give a tattered look. Continue pulling strands until you get the look you desire. Bear in mind that regular washing will enhance the tattered and frayed look.

Create holes with frayed edges by simply cutting two sides of the desired hole at right angles. As you fray the material the hole will get bigger and cut accordingly. Do not cut a complete square. The material should remain attached to the jeans. Repeat the process of pulling strands away from the cut edges. Do not cut away material at this point.

Cut several slits in the jeans in one location to create holes with strands of material across the hole. Using the darning needle, pull away as much material as you desire. Clip the strands to leave shreds of material intact.

Wash and dry your jeans as usual to see the effect you have created.

Trim excess edges that do not fit the look you are trying to create. You can fray additional areas or continue to work on the same areas until you have the look you desire. Think of your jeans as a work in progress that will change after every washing.

Tips & Warnings

  • When fraying the bottom of the jeans, keep in mind that the legs will be shorter when finished. Choose jeans that have longer legs than you want so the finished project isn't too short.

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