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DIY Distressed Knee Jeans

DIY Sep 2, 2014

The longer I’m around (and sometimes that feels like forever) the more sure I am that certain trends absolutely never, ever die (remember the forever trends?). Call me old fashioned (or 90’s fashioned) but ripped jeans to me are up there with a black blazer and leopard print heels in terms of their longevity. And so, without further ado, I wanted to share with you how I created my latest DIY denim project – a very quick update to an old pair of jeans with ripped knees and frayed hems that gave them a new lease on life. On a side note, they’re so comfy I can’t help but wear them on every plane trip!

Wearing: Daniel Wellington watch, DIY jeans, J Crew bag, Zara heels

You need:

  • A pair of skinny jeans
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • A washing machine

How to:

1. First, cut the hems off your jeans, once washed this will create a frayed hem.

2. Then, put your jeans on and mark them where your knees are. You want to put a few cuts both above and below your knees so mark where you want them to go.

3. Using your scissors, fold the jeans in half so the seams are in the middle, and cut the jeans where your marks were left.

4. The cuts should look like this, make sure you don’t nick the side seams!

5. So that your jeans have a bit of style and don’t just look like you’ve hacked them with scissors, you want to create some distressed parts, which is where the white weft of the denim shows. To do this, cut a few parallel lines

6. Loosen and remove the blue weft of thread, leaving the white threads behind.

7. It should look like this.

8. Once you’ve done that around the knees, give them a good wash in the washing machine, and you’ll have the perfect distressed knee jeans.

If you’re feeling a little crafty, why not head over to Wander & Hunt and score some bargains – there’s 20% off until Thursday Sept 4th using the code ‘crafton’.


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