How To Fray Jeans


how to fray jeans
Fraying a pair of jeans can sound like a bucket load of fun. If you have ever dreamt of taking out all your frustration on an old pair of denims, fraying it for amusement or just slicing parts of your jeans off to follow the fashion trends, you are on the right article. Why go for expensive, frayed jeans at a store, when you can fray it on your own at home, for free? It is absolutely safe with a lot of fun guaranteed. If you are a little skeptical about using a new pair of jeans for fraying, don’t fret. You can use a couple of old, unwanted denims for practice and once you have mastered the art, you can go onto fraying fresh pairs of denims. Fraying is done at the end of jeans or on the knees of the jeans. Some people even prefer to fray their jeans above the knees or cut the jeans into shorts and then fray it. You will require a couple of tools before you can get started on this enjoyable activity. Read on to know more.

Fray Tools

    • The first step to any process is to collect all the tools required for the activity. Fraying is not a complicated task and can be done at the ‘back-of-the-hand’ with a little practice.
    • The tools you will be requiring for fraying are a pair of old/new jeans, sandpaper, a pair of scissors, measuring tape, a wire brush, chalk, needles and a nail filer.
    • If you haven’t got these tools already, it would be best to go fetch them at a local store before you can get started.

Preparing The Jeans

    • Once you have all the tools sorted out, wash and dry the pair of jeans you will be working on.
    • It is best to start with an old pair, but if you are starting with a new pair, make sure you wash it because the jeans are bound to shrink in size after the first wash.
    • Wear your denims once after the wash, and mark the areas you will be fraying with chalk. The length of the frayed areas might vary if you do not wear the jeans while marking it. It is therefore advisable to try them on and mark it in the desired areas.
    • Make sure you have measured the length of fray markings; because once you have cut your jeans, there is no way you can go back to the start.

The Fraying

    • Lay the denims down on a flat surface and mark extra areas where you would like to fray the denims.
    • After this is done, begin by cutting the jeans for a new length, or trim the existing hem lines around the jeans. It is always advisable to cut a little below the markings otherwise the frayed areas might end up looking funny.
    • You are free to make random cuts all over the hems of the jeans or at the bottom for obtaining the rugged look.
    • Once you have cut the edges with the scissors, take the wire brush and rub it hard against the denims. This will cause the threads in the jeans to rupture, leading to loosened fibers.
    • If long threads break free from the denims, you can grab on to them and pull it hard, creating more frays. If there are stubborn threads that do not come off easily, you can try using the needles. These can be very useful when it comes to pulling small threads from denims.
    • Use the needle, and pull out strands from frayed areas creating a more natural look. Punch holes all around the jeans that will enable better fraying for later. Do not overdo it with the fraying, because regular washes of the jeans, will lead to continuous, natural tattering of the denims.
    • Do not just stick to the hems of jeans. Be a little experimental and fray different sections of jeans that would have otherwise frayed with usage and time. Let it look natural.
    • Do not cut big blocks of cloth off the denims. This will make it look artificial. The goal is to fray the jeans, take off bits and pieces of cloth, but also leave it attached to a few threads and pieces giving it a natural feel.
    • Use sandpaper to rub on different parts of jeans. This will cause a little degeneration in the material of the denims which will also help in loosening the threads. Sandpaper is very rough on cloth, so be careful with the amount you use. It will help in fading that will give an overall used look. You can use a few old jeans for inspiration if you do not know where to use sandpaper to fade them.

Important Tips:

    • Once the fraying process is complete, make sure you wash your jeans to finally see the finished product. The artificial fraying will get better and look more natural once you have washed it. It gets better with every use thereafter.
    • It is advisable to use long jeans that drag on the floor for the fraying process. If you select jeans that are normal in length and then fray it, it will eventually get shorter after the process is done.
    • Trim the excess edges after its first wash, slide in and you are good to rock and roll with your newly frayed denims.

We have always seen faded, frayed jeans at stores that are overly priced. But not all of us have to punch those many holes in our wallets for that frayed look. All you need is a little time on your hands, some effort, the right tools, your jeans and your creativity. You will be surprised with the different techniques you come up with, once you’ve gained some practice. So grab your old, blue pair and fray away!