How to Fray Jeans

Last Updated on June 19, 2021 by Ellen Christian

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Have you ever wondered how to fray jeans? I love the way Mother Step Fray jeans look but wanted a way to fray denim myself to get the same look.

Once you know how to fray denim, you can use the same technique on jean shorts, skirts, and pants. You can even use the technique on skinny jeans.

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Have you ever wondered how to fray jeans? I love the way Mother Step Fray jeans look but wanted a way to fray denim myself to get the same look.

How to Fray Jeans

Frayed hem jeans are all the rage right now. And, so many people are buying the Mother Step Fray Jeans to get the look. As much as I love the look of Mother Denim products, the price tag is a bit out of my budget.

Thankfully, it’s fairly easy to fray denim yourself. And, you can use the technique on any brand of jeans you happen to have in your closet today. 

Or, if you don’t want to experiment on your favorite pair of jeans, head to the Goodwill or a thrift store and pick up a cheap pair of jeans to learn with.

How do you rip and fray jeans?

If you want to distress jeans, you will need to rub at the denim material with sandpaper and then fray the small tears with tweezers. This technique is typically done at the thighs or calves.

Be careful doing this around the backside of the denim or you may end up with a hole where you don’t want one.

How do you fray jeans with a cheese grater?

So, how do you rip jeans without sandpaper? Use a cheese grater.

Again, this technique is typically done on the legs of your jeans. Instead of using sandpaper, use a cheese grater in an up and down motion to make holes and tears. This method will give you a more distressed look than sandpaper will.

a woman cutting the hem off jeans

How do you distress the bottom of your jeans?

You will need to very carefully cut off the hem of your pants. Then, using small scissors and tweezers, you’ll need to make little cuts on the bottom of your legs. 

When cutting the hem, be sure to leave the side seam a little bit longer. This is the classic look for Mother Step Fray jeans. Check them out here so you can see what I mean.

a stack of denim pants on a shelf

What types of denim does this work on?

This technique should work on any pair of jeans you have. But, denim that has a larger percent of rayon or lycra for stretch may not fray quite the same way as denim that has a lower content.

You can also fray your jean skirt or your jean shorts. So, how do you shred jean shorts? Just use the same method you would for pants.

a woman marking a hem with chalk

Necessary supplies

If you don’t want to distress the material, you will not need the first two things on the list.

a close up of a raw hem on jeans

How to fray jean bottoms

  • Draw a line around the bottom of your jeans using chalk
  • Very carefully cut around the line being sure to leave the inseam a bit longer
  • Using your tweezers, pull tiny pieces of the hem out for a frayed look
  • Turn your jeans inside out and place tiny stitches at the top of the frame to avoid them from unraveling too far (optional)

What do you think? Is this a technique you would try?

Have you ever wondered how to fray jeans? I love the way Mother Step Fray jeans look but wanted a way to fray denim myself to get the same look.

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