During the short period of time between when I was done with my Verizon internship and beginning of the spring semester, I had a few days to hang out with friends, catch up, and learn an extremely useful skill 😉 My friend Ania, owner of Alacloth, came over and taught me how to distress jeans using a dremel. Sam and I got a dremel to file Mason’s nails, and I was excited to put it to a better use. Besides I had a pair of vintage Eddie Bauer jeans I brought from Colorado a couple years ago, and was seriously considering getting rid of them, because they were just gathering dust.
Ania gave me some tips on how to distress denim that I am more than happy to share with you along with images of the DIY process itself.
So here are our tips on how to DIY Distressed Jeans:
Knee holes: If you are particular about the location of yours, put the jeans on and mark the top of your knew.
For regular boyfriend jeans slits take the pant leg and fold it up to the crotch, then make the mark. Cut a small slit, then rip the rest!
Helpful tip: look for the natural distress and wear and tear on the jeans and add to that.
Use a thick piece of cardboard to slide into the pant legs when using the dremel.
Sandpaper can also come in handy when distressing, 3M has a great little tool you can buy and add small distressed details to pockets and waistband.
When using a dremel (Ania and I both used Dremel 3000), put it on the medium setting. Sometimes the dremel will go through the material too fast, and the string may wrap around the dremel causing it to jam. Just turn it off, untangle and proceed 😉
If you have glasses you can wear – do that, otherwise you may get lint in the eyes.
Distressing is also a great way to get rid of stains on the denim!
Wash the jeans after you are done with them, or better yet, wet the newly distressed areas and throw them in the dryer.
And while I am keeping my jeans, you can check out Ania’s on Asos!