I went to my mom’s house to talk to one of my sisters when I saw my baby sister walk past me with the cutest pair of jeans on, and I immediately began to interrogate her. If you know me personally, you know that I can be quite annoying when I have questions about things because I need all the details. Immediately I told her that her jeans were super cute and asked her where she got them from she told me that they were from Gap but they didn’t come like that. “Ummm excuse me what do you mean they didn’t come like that?”  The jeans were two years old and slightly distressed when she purchased them and she wanted to give them a new look, and she did just that.

I like the jeans so much that I decided to interview her (when I say interview I mean annoy) on how she did this. So not only did she give me the details on the jeans but I will be posting a video as to how mine turned out when I took an old pair an gave them a new look, so stay tuned for that.

So under her instruction this is how you take a pair of jeans and distress them.

Before you start you will need:

  • a large knife ( she used my mom’s butcher knife, that of which I’m sure she would be dead if my mom knew), or exacto knife something sharp that will get the job done.
  • Tweezers
  • Cardboard, Magazine, something to prevent you from cutting into the other side of the jeans
  • Cheese grate (optional)
  • Oh and Jeans…duh

Let’s get started:

  • Start by laying the jeans straight on a flat surface in walking position and insert your cardboard or newspaper into the pants to prevent from cutting your surface or the other side of the jean.
  • Next, find what area you want the be the most distressed part of the jean and begin making larger holes with your knife.
  • Randomly add your smaller hole be sure not to go too out of control or too high with the hole if you want to keep your pockets. (You also don’t want your underwear showing, I mean unless you do, then go crazy)
  • Then go through with your tweezers and pluck some of your horizontal (blue thread on the blue denim) thread so that you have more of the white thread showing and the distress looks a bit more natural.
  • After you have tweezed your thread, you can go over small uncut parts of the jean with your cheese grate to loosen and better expose the fabric.
  • Throw the jeans in the washer and dryer (dryer only if you are running low on time)

-As far as drying this denim, you have already destroyed it, no harm in putting it in the dryer now

Side note- make sure you try on a pair of denim you can go with or without because the first time is the roughest, but it will only get easier. I will be dropping a video of me distressing my jeans shortly. I’m no diy-er but we will see how it goes. If you are not comfortable doing these yourself email Carrah at aperfectjean@gmail.com and she can give you a quote if you live locally or walk through on how to get t


Here are the before and after of the pair that Carrah did, along with a few more that she did for others: