Let’s face it, jeans are one of our favourite pieces of clothing –they’re our go-to for most occasions. We all own at least one pair, but what happens when these become old or out-dated?
If they still fit and aren’t too worn out, chances are you can easily turn them into an on-trend outfit for everyday wear. Sometimes even your most beloved jeans just need a change. To update your favourite pair for the summer, here’s how to shorten and fray them for DIY perfection.
Of course, fraying the edges is optional, but it’s a perfectly on-point fashion choice this season. Trust us. With the right set of tools and a little focus, your jeans will feel practically brand new in no time.
Here's What You'll Need:
• Old jeans
• Straight-edge ruler
• Large, sharp scissors
STEP 1: MARK TO CUT
Try your jeans on and carefully note where you want the new shorter hemline to be. Measure the height with a ruler and mark it with pencil at various points on both legs.
Top tip: Keep the denim you cut off to one side – we’ll be using this later on!
STEP 2: MEASURE OUT THE LINES
Lay the ruler flat and draw a straight line between the pencil marks around each leg. Take your time, and retry your jeans if you’re unsure. You can also mark in some knee rips if this is your style!
Top tip: At first, it’s better to cut longer than the length you think you want. You can always trim higher as necessary afterwards, but you can’t add fabric back on once you’ve cut it!
STEP 3: TIME TO GET CUTTing
Use the sharp scissors to cut carefully along those pencil lines – slow and steady does the trick!
STEP 4: FRAY THE HEMS
For a frayed look, run your scissors across the hems and give any strands a little tug, until you get your desired look.
Top tip: Pop your jeans in the wash and it’ll allow the hemlines to unravel, giving you the ultimate frayed finish!
STEP 5: WASTE NOT, WANT NOT
Remember the denim we cut off earlier? Well, this can be transformed into cute hair-ties.
Just cut each hem to make one long piece, and ta-dah… Styish denim hair-ties to add to your look.
If this has inspired you to start revamping your wardrobe, you can find lots of DIY and other ideas on our social @georgeatasda.