I have had frayed ankle length jeans on my mind ever since I did this post on cropped flared jeans earlier this Summer. I realized I had a pair of bootcut jeans that had shrunk up in the wash and were a little too short for anything other than the flattest of flats. I decided to transform them into a better more hip length. I got out my best sharp sewing scissors and got to work.
Here is what I did:
DIY – How to Fray Jeans
1 . Try on your jeans and fold them to the length you want them to be after you cut them. I erred on the longer side to be safe. (2.5″ versus the 3″ I folded them to)
2. Measure the folded portion of the Jeans to determine how many inches you want to cut off.
3. Turn jeans hem smooth and lay on flat surface.
4. Pin the pant leg together so that when you cut them it will be even on all sides
5. Using a Measuring Tape, mark the jeans with a Marking Pencil (that dissolves when washed) at the desired length you want to cut. I cut mine at 2.5 inches. I figured I could always go shorter and I wasn’t sure how much I wanted to fray them and that makes it even shorter.
6. Using a Good Sharp Scissors cut along marked chalk line through the jeans
7. Using a Seam Ripper pull the threads along the cut edge of the jeans. Pull as many as you want but remember the hem gets shorter with the more you pull.
8. Put jeans in the washing machine and wash/ dry as you prefer.
9. You can leave the hanging frayed edges or cut the long bits off. I cut mine off to make a cleaner edge but know they will fray more as I wear them.
10. Ta Da! That’s all .. How easy is that?
Check back later this week to see the results!