How To Destroy Jeans
If you don’t know how to destroy jeans, you’ll soon learn that it’s an easy, inexpensive process that you will no doubt have a blast doing. It’s crazy to think that you can walk into department stores and see price tags on jeans that are already destroyed, that are upwards of $100 and higher. Save some money, grab a pair of jeans and get ready to do your own destruction.
To destroy jeans, you will need:
- Rubber gloves
- Practice on old clothing. If you haven’t destroyed jeans or any other type of clothing before, you may want to practice on a separate item that you no longer wear, so you can get a feel for what you’ll be doing to your denim. Use sandpaper, scissors, a knife or cheese grater to rub holes and create frays. Practice until you feel comfortable with your technique.
- Grab a pair of jeans. Now it’s time to get to work! Pick out a pair of jeans that you would like to destroy. The easiest type of denim to destroy yourself, especially for the first time, will be a fabric that does not contain spandex or other stretchy material.
- Rub sandpaper over the jeans. Jeans are typically destroyed in places where they show wear the most. This includes the knees, edges of pockets and the bottoms of the legs. Rub sandpaper over these areas until they begin to look worn and/or start fraying.
- Cut holes in the jeans. Be very careful when you do this, especially if you use scissors, because it’s easy for it to look completely tacky if it’s not done right. Cut out or slice a rectangle right around the knee area, or slightly above or below, using a pair of scissors or a razor blade. Then rub sandpaper on the edges of the hole to begin the fraying process.
- Add bleach. If you like the bleached look, hang the jeans up on a clothes line or hanger. Then fill up a spray bottle with a mixture of bleach and water and spray the jeans. Most designer jeans will have the upper legs bleached, both on the front of the jeans and on the back. Sometimes there will also be bleach splatters which can be created using a spray bottle. You can also do this by dipping your gloved hands into a bucket of bleach and water and flicking your fingers over the area on the jeans to be bleached.
- Wash the jeans. If you bleach, you’ll want to wash and dry the jeans right away to be sure the bleach doesn’t spread too far out. After you’ve finished destroying your jeans, wash them and then dry them in a dryer to complete the process. Each time you wash your jeans they will fray more and more.