DIY: Frayed Hem Jeans

Hey guys, did you know it’s fashion month? So what better way to honor fashion month than with a fashion DIY!  I’ve been obsessed with frayed hem jeans since I saw them on Aimee Song of Song of Style but the ones I kept finding were either too expensive or too frayed. And then it dawned on me 300 days later… I can make them! Not only is it cheaper but you can control how much the hem is frayed – DIY is truly a beautiful thing, isn’t it? And if that isn’t appealing enough, you only need 4 things for this little fashion project. So shall we begin?

Like I said, 4 things: nail scissors or any other small scissors, a paper clip, tweezers, and skinny jeans. I got my jeans at Target for $28 but you can obviously get whatever pair you love or even use an old pair.

DIY Frayed Hem Jeans

Pull apart the paper clip so you have somewhat of a 90 degree angle and GENTLY tug at the seam until it begins to pull out a bit. Grab your nail scissors and snip the seam being careful not to cut the fabric.

DIY Frayed Hem Jeans

Now take your tweezers and gently pull up the seams stitch by stitch. I know it’s really tempting to just rip out the thread but don’t. This is a time consuming process, but it also flies by if you’re watching some mindless TV show.

Be super careful when you get to the side seams. You don’t want to pull these out, just the horizontal seam. This is when your paper clip comes in handy again 🙂

DIY Frayed Hem Jeans

Once you make it all the way around for both legs, unfold the hem.

To get that beautiful fraying, you want to pull out the fibers running horizontal, which are the white ones. Do you see them? Take your tweezers and pick at the white threads in an upward motion. This will draw the fibers up so you can pull them out. Be super gentle… some threads will be stubborn and take some gentle tugging. Pull the white threads until you have your frayed hem at the desired length (see next picture).

DIY Frayed Hem Jeans

So really, you could stop here if you’re happy with the fruits of your labor, but I took it one more step to add a little something extra. If you want to, splatter a little paint on the lower part of the jeans. How do you do this?

Well, first of all, if you don’t have a backyard or garage and can only do this in the comfort of your small apartment… PUT NEWSPAPER EVERYWHERE. Then take a small brush (see how little it is in the picture?), mix some white acrylic paint with a little bit of water, and brush your finger against the brush for a splatter effect.

DIY Frayed Hem Jeans

Test this on the newspaper before you do it over what you just worked so hard on. Let the jeans dry before doing the opposite sides.

DIY Frayed Hem Jeans

And then guess what? You’re done! Now you can go flaunt them in front of all of your friends and brag that you made them! Yay for bragging! Kidding, stay humble.

Don’t wanna try this DIY? That’s okay, you can shop these jeans!
$: Gap, Asos
$$: Nordstrom
$$$: Farfetch


  • Reply Faylinn March 22, 2016 at 10:50 am

    I really like the look of frayed jeans and am very interested in doing this activity soon. I especially love how you splattered paint on your jeans. However, I would probably use a little bit more paint than is shown on the legging in the picture. Do you think that frayed jeans would look good with different colors of paint splattered on them?

    • Reply Min March 22, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Hi Faylinn! I’m a fairly simple person so I used white and did minimal splattering, but I think it would look great with heavier splattering and different colors. It’s just all personal preference 🙂

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