If you’re like me, you love a good distressed denim short. I also love wearing distressed jeans. However, it doesn’t take long of searching online to realize just how expensive these can be! My family used to laugh at how much I spent on clothes that already looked worn. I just love the look but really don’t care for the price tag. Y’all know I love a good bargain and am always looking for ways to save money so I decided to show you how to DIY distressed denim shorts and jeans.
Tools Needed for DIY Distressed Denim Shorts
Let’s go over some of the tools I use for this project. Keep in mind that you can use scissors, a pen and tweezers for this, I just prefer using these! Listed below are affiliate links.
It’s no secret I love thrift shopping. Most of my furniture and decor is second hand! Growing up, almost all of my clothes came from thrifting! I have almost always preferred vintage. I often say I grew up in the wrong era. The 70’s have my heart. The clothes, the music, the hair, the cars. I love recreating the clothing style from this time with items found while out thrift shopping.
Let’s Get Started
Ok, let’s get to the fun! The first tip to make your own DIY Distressed Denim Shorts is to try on the jeans at the store. I say this because a good fit is important. Make sure that the thighs of the jeans is more loose than snug. High waisted jeans look really good too and the “Mom Jean” look is very much in style right now.
As a plus size girl, it can be hard to find jeans that fit me more loosely. I prefer this. So another tip is to shop the mens section! All the jeans in this post are mens jeans. You also want to make sure that for fraying and bleaching purposes, the jeans are real denim. Its hard to achieve the frayed look with newer style jeans due to the stretch that is in most of them. My favorite brands for DIY Distressed Denim Shorts are levis, gap, some old navy, wrangler just to name a few.
Marking Where to Cut
Once you have your jeans ( I like to do more than one at a time), you put them on and mark where you want to cut. Always cut them a bit longer than what you want. Take them off and cut where you marked. Then I use the rotary cutter to star to make cuts. You can use scissors for this too. I just prefer the rotary. Make sure you are using something under the rotary cutter or it will cut through both sides and I usually pull the pockets out to avoid cutting those too. You can also use rough sandpaper to fray them and rough them up a bit more.
After making cuts, I then take tweezers and begin to fray the cuts I made. This takes some time but worth it in the end. After fraying, I wash and dry them twice to see how they frayed. If I’m happy with how they look I move on the the bleaching. You can skip this step if you want. I don’t do this to every pair! Depends on the look I’m going for.
Distressing With Tweezers
There are a few ways to bleach. You can splatter them or bleach soak. When I splatter I use straight bleach but to soak the full short, I use half bleach and half water. I soak them for about 1-2 hours give or take and then run them through the washer and dryer one more time and voila! Amazing DIY distressed denim shorts for under $5.
One thing to keep in mind is you never really know how the bleach will affect the denim. In one pair, they turned totally white and in another pair, they almost had a tie dye effect! It was super to cool to watch and I love that I basically have 3 different color shorts. I also recommend you wear gloves when working with bleach and in a ventilated area. It got pretty strong in the bathroom when working with this much bleach.
Bleaching Denim Shorts
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I decided to try these on and show you just how different they look once completed! I had so much fun making these DIY distressed denim shorts that I am thinking how fun it would be to make some more! Have you tried to distress your own before? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I plan to be bringing you more fashion, more makeup and more lifestyle posts in the future! Y’all know how much I love saving money and passing along those tips and tricks to you. I love finding new ways to stretch the dollar and be creative with clothes and decor!