What You Need:
- Pair of old jeans
- Rough sandpaper
- Plastic tub or bucket
- Try your jeans on and decide where you want to cut them into shorts – make a little mark or an initial slice to remember. ** Leave around .5 to 1″ extra length to allow for fraying.
- Cut both the legs off – I chose to angle down a little from the outside in – so the outer hem is higher than the inner.
- Start distressing with the scissors by dragging the blade along the leg-hole cut to begin the fraying **it won’t look perfect until you wash and dry them, just get it started.
- Make little slice cuts with the scissors near the base of the pockets to look like worn holes.
- Tear a piece of rough sandpaper and start rubbing the denim in all the spots you want extra wear: the waist band, top of the pockets, fly, legs, etc. Don’t forget about the back pockets too!
- If you want to bleach your jeans lighter – use 1 part bleach to 2 parts water in your plastic bin. mix it with a stick and make sure your shorts are immersed in the liquid. You may need to add more bleach and water – it doesn’t have to be perfectly measured.
- Let it soak for 20 to 30 minutes or until you’ve reached the desired shade – remember, they are wet and will look lighter once dry.
- Rinse your shorts and dilute your bleach mix before you dump it out (it’s strong scary stuff!) then wash and dry your shorts in the machine for the perfect finish!