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How to Fray Jeans

Madhura Pandit Mar 6, 2020
Frayed jeans are always considered fashionable and cool. If you are thinking of fraying your jeans, here is a step-by-step guide that will help you in the process.
Want to make an old boring jeans look new and cool? Want a new pair of shorts? Looking for a useful and creative DIY project? Try fraying jeans!
Frayed jeans with raveled threads at the edges is a must if you are looking for a rugged look. It never goes out of fashion and be sported on many informal, casual events. If you are planning to fray your jeans for the first time, it is advisable to use an old pair.
Later on, once you perfect the procedure, you can have you new denim frayed. Fraying is commonly done at the end or at the knees of the jeans. If you want an altogether new look, you can cut your jeans, convert it into shorts, and then have it frayed.

Things Required to Fray Jeans

  • Jeans
  • Scissors
  • Wire brush
  • Nail filer/needle/paper knife
  • Scale and tailor's chalk
  • Sandpaper

Step-by-step Instructions

  • Wash and iron the jeans before you begin to work on it. This will help you in determining the length. New ones will probably shrink after washing.
  • It is advisable to wear the jeans and then mark, otherwise, the length may vary. Once you decide the length of the desired fray, make a mark with tailor's chalk on it.
  • Place the jeans on a flat surface, and using the scale, draw a straight line so that you can have an even cut.
  • You should cut off the hem so that fraying becomes easier. Now cut the jeans on the marked line with a pair of scissors.
  • With a needle, pull some strands at the edges to create a frayed look. A wire brush can also be used to fray jeans. It is alright even if the edges remain uneven.
  • You can even use a nail file, scissor, or a paper knife to create a frayed look for your jeans. Repeatedly rub on the jeans with any one of these tools vertically.
  • You can even rip jeans or make slits or holes in other areas with a needle.
  • In order to create a more destroyed look, you can bleach the jeans or rub it with sandpaper to create a faded look.
  • As a final step, wash the jeans again to see the effect of your work. Frays and distressed effect will look different and more natural after every wash.
  • Try on the jeans after washing and if you find extra long strands after washing the jeans, cut them to the desired length. You can even fray it more if you want.
If you want to distress a part of jeans, simply use a paper knife or a sandpaper to fray the desired portion using the same procedure. Long jeans, if worn without altering, can make the strands at the hem loose, which, in turn, will make fraying a lot easier. You can try this on your old or new jeans to convert it into a trendy, cool, vintage looking pair that will surely turn heads!