May 9th, 2016 by Samantha Weaver DIY: Frayed Hem Jeans
The moment I saw 3×1’s Crop Lima jeans, I knew I had to have them—but with a $295 price tag, I set out to create my own affordable version. I closed my web browser, picked up my seam rippers, and ran to the Crossroads DIY Studio to create these frayed hem jeans myself!
First things first: you can use any pair of jeans to achieve this fringed accent. I’ll be using a pair of light-wash skinny jeans, but you can use any color or silhouette you want.
You will need:
– A pair of jeans
– A seam ripper
– A pair of sharp scissors
– A ruler
1. Cut the bottoms off your jeans with scissors.
2. Use your seam ripper to open up the vertical seam on both sides of each leg. You can use a ruler to measure the length of your fringe. I went with a whopping six inches for an extra long fringe!
3. Now you can start fraying! You can use your fingers to rub the edges of the fabric to find your loose vertical threads. Then just start unraveling. I used the seam ripper to isolate each thread, pulling them out one by one.The entire process should only take about an hour to unravel both legs up to your desired height.
4. Finish with a run through the washer and dryer. Then twist the fringe between your thumb and index finger creating chunks of denim-y fringe!
Here’s a finished pair. I added some stitching to keep the fringe from unraveling beyond my original measurement.
Light wash or dark wash, this fun DIY is an easy and free route to transforming last season’s jeans into this summer’s hottest denim trend.