Give new jeans vintage appeal by distressing them with sandpaper. You need a pair of jeans, a pen, scissors, a sandpaper block, a washing machine and a clothes dryer. This project takes about two hours, and involves choosing areas to cut and rub with sandpaper to distress the fibers. The jeans will require laundering after this treatment.
- Mark the denim
Put the jeans on, and use the pen to mark a 1-inch horizontal line at the middle of your knees. Remove the jeans and spread them out on a table.
- Cut along the knee lines
Stick a hand inside one of the pant legs and use it to separate the front from the back. Cut along the knee mark, switch legs and repeat.
- Rub the cuts with sandpaper
Gently rub a sandpaper block along the cuts. Start with horizontal strokes and move vertically. For a more dramatic distressed effect, incorporate diagonal strokes. Make some movements while holding the block flat, then go over the same area with one of its corners.
- Wash and dry the jeans
Wash and dry the jeans according to the care label directions.
- Inspect the jeans
Don the jeans and inspect them in a mirror. If you wish to add more distressed details, mark smaller lines above or below the frayed cut. Cut and sand the markings, and launder the jeans again.