Now that the weather is cooling down, we can all start getting those full length pants out, and with new Autumn denim trends, DIY opportunities arise. A lot of these trends can cost you some serious $$$ to adorn, but if you have the time, scissors and a seam ripper, I can show you a really simple way of doing it yourself!

Follow me to cotton land.


My frayed hem jeans are one of my favorite pieces in my closet right now, and believe or not, I made these puppies myself. After taking a gander at a few $100+ pairs in the shops, it became quite clear to me how easy it would be to make some of my own. Off to Value Village I went. Finding a good pair of jeans takes time in a thrift store, but the trick is to look at EVERY HANGER. Trust me boys and girls there is a textile treasure in there waiting to be found, it just takes a little patience and a lot of digging.

The great ting about this DIY, is that you can use any wash, style or cut of denim, and it will will all look great. I suggest you buy a used or cheap pair of jeans to try this out on first, just in case you make any mistakes. You definitely do not want to risk ruining your favorite pair of denim. After you have found the perfect pair of denim, its time to go to work. The only tools you will need are scissors, fabric chalk and a seam ripper. If you do not have any of these items, please take a visit to your local dollar store 🙂

Here are the steps to Creating your pair of Frayed Hem Jeans:

  1. Draw two horizontal lines on both sides at any desired point on the leg of your denim. The higher up the longer the fray will be. I drew my line around 3.5 inches from the sewn hem.
  2. Cut 1 inch off of you jeans, enough for the stitches to be eliminated.
  3. Cut multiple vertical strips, 1 inch in size, along the circumference of the leg, cutting up to the drawn line each time.
  4. In the image below you will notice that the fabric contain interweaving horizontal and vertical threads creating a continuous plateau of cotton :). We are now going to destroy that.
  5. Taking a strip at a time, pull out every horizontal thread starting at the bottom, using the seam ripper. Pictured below you can see they are the white threads. This part takes patience but it is very easy!
  6. After completing taking out every horizontal thread from each strip that you have previously cut, you will be left with only the vertical threads creating a long frayed hem look on your pair of jeans



Each strip took me about 5 minutes to complete, and I had about 20 strips, so it took me roughly an hour and a half to finish.

If you little fish have any other DIY’s you would like for us to try, leave us a comment on Instagram and we give that a try!

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