How to make the perfect distressed jeans // DIY

Now when I say perfect, we must use that word loosely. They’re perfect in my eyes, because of course I copied a pair that I saw and thought – I want, no need those jeans. And because I just so happened to have a pair in that exact shade of charcoal grey, one thing led to another and there I was sat with my jeans in one hand and a cheese grater in the other.Chanel-Boy-BagImage courtesy of Aylin Koenig

I first saw these jeans on instagram which led me to Aylin Koenigs blog so that I could get a better look. I don’t know what it was about them that caught my eye but I’ve been thinking about them a lot which in my head means, it’s fate and they must be mine.

Now I’m a bit of a hap hazard DIY-er so I don’t really have a specific method that I used, A lot of cheese grating and sandpapering went into this. My general tips would be to use nail scissors to make small cuts and pull it apart gently to make sure you’re in control of the rip. I also used the sandpaper to make the cuts look more rustic and frayed.

DIY Distressed Denim JeansI am gutted though that I don’t know how to make the stringy bits on ripped jeans – does anyone know? If so can you help me? I’ve heard that tweezers help but I’m not sure if because these ones are super stretchy it isn’t possible to create that look?DIY Distressed Denim JeansAnyway – heres the finished result! Let me know what you think? Is anyone else a casual DIY-er like myself? I always read blogs like a pair and a spare and just wish I had the motivation to make such beautiful stuff! I do have the odd burst of enthusiasm for it though!

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DIY Distressed Denim JeansJumper : H&M | *Scarf : Like Mary | Brogues : Topshop Old

If you don’t fancy yourself as a DIY-er then I’ve linked some of my favourite distressed jeans all done for you below!



  1. 4th November 2015 / 7:10 pm

    They look great! I DIY-ed loads of denim shorts this summer, to get the stringy bits you have to make cuts in the denim and then use tweezers to pull the blue threads out, which just leaves the white ones going across! It takes quite a bit of patience, but looks so good when you’ve finished!!
    Sophie xx

    • Sinead
      8th November 2015 / 7:06 pm

      Oh amazing! Thanks for the tips! I’ll definitely remember this on my next DIY!!

  2. Robyn Taylor
    4th November 2015 / 8:09 pm

    I might do this to a pair of my jeans! I have some old black jeans that have faded completely but they’d probably look alright if I ripped them up a bit and made them look ‘rustic’ haha!


    • Sinead
      8th November 2015 / 7:05 pm

      DO it! I can never be bothered/ get round to doing these things! But it’s so worth it when you do!

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