Saturday, January 16, 2010

Bleached and Distressed Denim

I'm sure everyone probably owns a pair of old jeans they never wear, so instead of letting them occupy space in your closet...make them cute! In other words, I'm going to show you how to bleach and distress your jeans so you don't have to waste $30-$40!

1. Take an old pair of jeans and wrap rubber bands in different sections as if you were doing a tie-dye t-shirt.

2. Submerge jeans into the bathtub or a bucket with bleach. Let them sit for about 5-10 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Wash and Dry in the washing machine.

3. Once they are dry, they should look somewhat like this...

4. The best tool to distress your jeans is a dremel which is a rotary tool with sand paper. You can find these at Home Depot, Walmart, and Target for about $30-$100. I've posted a demonstration below:

I used a dremel and a Xacto blade to cut my jeans.
**When put your jeans back in the washing machine they will fray even more

If you don't want to spend the extra cash, you can use sand paper, an Xacto knife, or even a Cheese Grater to distress your jeans. Make sure to place something inside your jeans when cutting so you won't go through the front and the back. Here are a couple of videos on different techniques

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