How to Make Distressed Jeans

How to Make Distressed
Presented by
Neketa Kakar
May 6th, 2010
English 393
 The following instructions are
for people who want to make
distressed jeans. Distressed
jeans are jeans that look ripped
& worn out. This process is
useful for those who want to
make use of an already ripped
pair of jeans. Or for someone
who doesn’t want to spend a lot
of money for destroyed jeans.
There are many different looks
one can achieve. You should do
some research, and find
pictures of how distressed you
want your jeans.
-Block of wood (or some other solid surface that you don't mind possibly
-Steak knife or cheese grater
-comes in many different “grits”. "Grit" refers to the number of
abrasive particles per square inch of sandpaper. The lower the grit the
rougher the sandpaper. Start with a medium grit, and work up to a
finer one for more control.
- Sponge
-Use caution while
using steak knife,
cheese grater,
scissors or any other
sharp object.
- Wear gloves &
goggles while using
1. Place a block of wood (or some
other solid surface that you don't
mind possibly damaging) within the
pant leg, or denim region you want to
distress. Also place a towel under
2. Rub a steak knife, cheese grater, or
scissors vertically, or horizontally
against the area of denim that you
would like to distress.
-Rub gently for mild distress.
-Rub longer and more vigorously to
create more visible distress (such as
holes and tears).
3. Take scissors or knife, and go up
over the vertical hole you made as
though “shaving”, in any direction.
4. Do not cut holes with scissors.
This creates an unfrayed and
bland hole.
- Denim has blue yarns going
vertical, and white yarns going
- Cut horizontal slits about 1 cm
- With tweezers pull out the blue
yarns, to leave white yarns
5. Fray jeans by rubbing sandpaper around
pockets, knees, hemlines, or any other area of
denim that you would like to have a soft, worn
6. Dampen a sponge with bleach and water,
and rub it around the outer edges of holes
to lighten certain areas of the jeans.
7. Wash your jeans
in cold water
without any
another clothes to
remove the bleach,
and distress jeans
a little more.
8. Wear your newly
stylish distressed
Alternative Methods
You can use pumice stone instead of
You can cut a pair of jeans into shorts and
make distressed shorts.
Use power tools with grinding tips to make
tears, instead of using a cheese grater or

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