To make distressed jeans, rub them with sandpaper, cut small holes in the legs, pull out the indigo threads surrounding the holes, wash the jeans in cold water, and dry them. This two-hour process requires sandpaper, a full-length mirror, scissors, tweezers, chalk and laundry machines.
- Sandpaper the jeans
Put the jeans on, look at yourself in a mirror, and choose areas to distress. Rub sandpaper over those areas.
- Cut holes in the denim
Stand in front of the mirror, and decide where to place the holes. Mark those areas with chalk, then take off the jeans, and lay them on your work surface. Put one hand inside one of the legs, splay your fingers to separate the front and back of the leg, and cut the holes.
- Pull the indigo threads
Use tweezers to pull out the indigo threads surrounding the holes. Leave the white threads intact.
- Wash and dry the jeans
Wash the jeans in cold water, and dry them on the no heat setting. If you do not have a clothes dryer, lay the jeans flat until they dry.
- Inspect the jeans
Put the jeans on, and inspect them in the mirror. If you want to increase the distressed effect, rub sandpaper over the holes.