Have you ever wished you could walk around in grungy, vintage jeans and get away with it like every other guy does? Oh, that's right. You don't have the money for those expensive $300 "vintage" jeans that look secondhand. Learn how to make your own vintage vintage using food and tools you already have at home. That's right. Using "food." The outcome is interesting, to say the least, but it always works.
To make vintage jeans, you will need:
- Five gallon bucket or utility tub
- Coffee grounds
- Coffee filter
- Regular pair of jeans
- Washing machine
- Nail file or sandpaper
- Make up a big batch of coffee, at least a gallon. Filter it with the coffee filter to get all the actual grounds out of the mix. Threadbanger.com recommends letting the coffee brew a long time for a dark stain.
- Pour the coffee into the bucket or the utility tub. Put the blue jeans, right-sides out, into the tub and stir them around. Let them sit in the mixture overnight.
- Wash your jeans in the washer and dry them in the dryer. Make sure you use a scented detergent to remove the smell of coffee from the jeans. Discard the bucket of used coffee - please don't drink it.
- Use a pair of scissors or sewing shears to make tears, rip and other marks in the vintage jeans. Don't chop - just strip enough fabric away to create some serious de-threading action after the next few washings.
Make smaller wear-and-tear marks with the nail file or sandpaper. The more you scratch, the more faded and worn-out the jeans will appear. Do a double duty on the back pockets, the bottoms of the legs and around the waistband for a truly vintage look.