How to Make Used Jeans Look New

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Jeans are a staple in most wardrobes and a favorite pair of jeans might find its way into the clothing rotation more often than others. As a result, denim can fade and wear out quickly. One of the easiest ways to make old jeans look new again is to trim frayed stitching and dye the denim a darker shade to cover up old wear and tear.

Things You'll Need

  • Jeans
  • Washing basin
  • Clothing dye (Dark blue)
  • Nail scissors
  • Latex gloves
  • Wash the jeans you want to repair as you normally would. Dry the denim until it is lightly damp.

  • Cut off any frayed strings or stitching on the jeans. Fraying most commonly occurs along the bottom cuffs and back pockets. Make sure all the frayed stitching has been removed.

  • Put on latex gloves and prepare a basin as per the directions on the clothing dye box.

  • Place the jeans in the dye bath and leave them in for the amount of time recommended on the dye instructions.

  • Remove the jeans from the dye and rinse them in a sink until the water runs mostly clear. Place them in the washing machine and wash the jeans on delicate with warm water.

  • Hang the jeans to dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Each dye has different directions so read them carefully.
  • Dye will stain clothing and hands. Use latex gloves and precaution when working with the dye.

References

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