DIY Super Distressed Denim with I SPY DIY

Hi everyone! It’s Jenni from I Spy DIY. I’m back with the third part of my series of DIY projects all around denim this Back to School season. This project is super distressed denim, which I did with a pair of shorts but you can do with your favorite denim as well.

Photo credit: Jessica Kaminski.

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What you need:
Boyfriend Jean Shorts
Box cutter


What to do: 

Step One: First, slice the front of your shorts in horizontal parallel lines.


Step Two: Rub your sandpaper over the cuts to loosen the threads.

Step Three: Pull out the individual blue vertical threads with your tweezer to reveal the white threads. The first one can be difficult, but once you start, it’s super easy!

Step Four: Next, lightly make a bunch of cuts in one area.

Step Five: Rub with sandpaper to get a worn-in look.

Step Six: Finally, cut off the bottom hem and pull strings to loosen.

Step Seven: Wash your jeans to make them look more distressed. The more you wash, the better they look!

Get Jenni’s look:
Boyfriend Denim Shorts
Cotton Blazer (similar)
Splatter Striped T-Shirt (similar)

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitters piece? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our Style Gallery or our blog! Be sure to tag @ispydiy so I see your project, too!

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