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HOW TO: DIY DISTRESSED DENIM

April Onebane

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We love vintage denim and sometimes we like to make our favorite pairs even more fun by giving them a little extra character. Here is a DIY we put together to help you give your thrifted and/or vintage jeans that distressed look you see in all those pricey retail stores, for a lot less!

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What you'll need:

- thrifted/vintage jeans (non-stretch denim is best)
- a rock (or cheese grater)
- fabric scissors (regular ones will also do)
- seam ripper (or tweezers)

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Step 1: Try on your jeans to see where you'll want the holes to go.

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Step 2: Cut two parallel lines wherever you want your holes. The fabric in between the cuts is where you will do your thread ripping.

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Step 3: Now it's time for your seam ripper! Do this part with the backside of the ripper, not the front, sharp edge of it. Start pulling from the inside upward to get the white threads separated from the blue threads. This will unweave the blue threads from the white.

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Step 4: Once you get it loose enough start ripping the blue threads out by hand (or with tweezers).

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Repeat Steps 3 & 4 until all of the blue threads have been removed.

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Step 5: Cut off the excess blue threads.

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Step 6: Use your cheese grater (or rock) to grate around the cotton which will rough up your newly ripped holes.

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Step 7: Throw them in the wash to get that extra frayed look. And of course, the more you wear them, the more worn in they'll become!

That’s all! Not a lot to it, right? The process of getting all the threads unraveled is probably the most time consuming part but this pair only took around 30 minutes from start to finish. Happy distressing!