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How to Make Distressed Jeans

Watch more Easy Sewing Projects videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Follow these steps and learn how to make your own distressed jeans. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Place a block of wood in the pant leg Place the small block of wood in one pant leg at the spot you want to distress. Near the knee is a good spot. Step 2: Rub a cheese grater on the spot to distress Rub a cheese grater horizontally and vertically over the wood on the outside of the pant leg to give your jeans a worn look. Rub gently for a mildly distressed look and more vigorously for a seriously worn look, or to start holes. Tip Don't use scissors to cut holes into your jeans. You won't get the frayed look that you get with a cheese grater. Step 3: Rub sandpaper around edges of the jeans Rub sandpaper around the edges of the jeans to give them a softer look. Fray the edges around the pockets, knees, and hemlines. Tip Practice your technique with a cheap or older pair of jeans that you don't wear. Work on your practice jeans until you learn the skills to work on your favorite pair. Step 4: Bleach the outer edges of the holes Add a small amount of bleach to a sponge. Dab the sponge along the worn areas and the edges of holes to add to the faded look. Step 5: Remove the back pockets Use a seam ripper to remove the back pockets. Tip Use a paintbrush to splash a bit of paint or oil on the jeans to add a different stained look. Step 6: Wash the jeans Turn your jeans inside out and wash them in cold water and let them line dry. Now wear them out on the town and show off your new look. Did You Know? The first pair of riveted blue jeans, made in 1873, had one back pocket, a watch pocket, and suspender buttons.
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