DIY | Ripped Jeans

2:13 pm

With Autumn now upon us, what is the most essential item for the cold months ahead? Ripped denim! Lucky for you distressed denim is extremely easy to do at home, however it is time consuming. The more rips the better so make sure you've got a good amount of time on your hands. Love the Stelly team x x x

What You'll Need:
 a pair of jeans

 an exacto blade (or any other sharp blade/knife)
 a dremel (if you don’t have one, you can try using heavy sandpaper, a pumice stone, steel wool, or a dull razor)
 a piece of cardboard (foam board will work too)

1. Start with the chalk, sketching out the shape you will want to be the most threadbare. We chose to keep these areas near where the knee would hit.
2. Sketch additional, smaller shapes that will also be distressed.
3. Put the piece of cardboard inside the pant leg you are starting with, making sure it is under wherever you’ll be making cuts.
4. Using the exacto, make horizontal cuts about .25 inches apart (that stay within the boundaries of your large shape). The goal is to follow the horizontal lines of the white threads you see when you turn the jean inside out. You want to keep as many of the white threads intact as possible!
5. Make sure that all the horizontal cuts went completely through the fabric.
6. Start with one of the .25 strips and gently start separating the white threads out (be careful not to break them as you do this!). You’ll notice that as the white threads pull away you’re left with short blue threads.
7. Once all the .25 inch strips you cut are separated, you should be left with a nice threadbare patch.
8. For your smaller shapes, use the dremel (we set ours on a mid to high speed) in up and down, and side-to-side motions until the blue fabric gives way to the white threads beneath.
9.  Tada!  Repeat the steps on the other leg to make your jeans as distressed as you’d like them to be.

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