Repurposing old jeans without spending money!


Do you have pairs of jeans that you love but maybe are a little too old?

I get two or three new pairs every year, usually around black friday where I buy a lot of the stuff I’ll need for the months ahead. Therefore many of my jeans are over two years old and I get tired of them even if I love them.

That’s when I look to new trends and instead of buying new ones, I modify the ones I already have. (Off course if the modifications are easy)

If you’ve taken a look to the new trends in jeans, most of them include distressing and raw finishes, especially in the hems, sometimes is just the raw hem, others is a more dramatic frayed which I love. Other finishes not so new are the rips all over the pants or just in the knees.

I’m going to take one old pair and a newer one (just too long for my short legs) and do a few alterations without the need to pay for new ones.

Jean shopping tip: Try to buy non-ripped jeans most of the time, after some time they will become your ripped ones and you can go and buy some other pairs without holes.

A few years ago I had a pair I loved; two years later I ripped them at the knees; months later I did the raw hem and when I gained weight and couldn’t fit in them anymore my sister received them and she loves them. How’s that for value to your money?

The first pair: the skinnies


I loved these jeans so much because they were the only ones I liked after having Chris. Breastfeeding practically took all the fat from my butt and thighs ( I already recovered) and I got really skinny. So after more than two years of wearing them (a lot) I thought I would join the knee ripped and frayed hem trend.

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The second pair: high-waisted and flared pair (70s type)


These were way too long for me even with heels. I first cut them to wear them with heels as I did here but since I don’t wear heels that often I wanted to make them more practical so I could integrate them to my everyday mom style, which led me to another trend I was dying to try “the kick flare” which is just a cropped flare. These type of pants don’t look good with rips so I only went for the hem.


and with flats…


I didn’t really think I would like the kick flare but after giving them a try I’m in love, they are a break from my skinny or boyfriend jeans and are so comfortable. Maybe if I was taller and didn’t necesarily need heels to rock some long flares with flats without being swallowed up I would go longer.  It all depends in the different body types and how risky you want to go.

Check how to do it below and let me know in the comments if you would refresh your wardrobe by modifying those old pairs of jeans and make them look like new.

Well, I know some of my crafty readers will know how to make these alterations, however I put together a guide for those who want to give it a try. Instructions are the same except for the frayed hem.


  1. I tried them on and defined the length by folding them outwards. The trick to get the perfect cropped is to cut right above the ankle. I also marked a line on my knees for those rips.


2. Take them off and press to mark a straight line.


3. Unfold the boot and cut following the pressed line.

4. Cut through the line for the rips on the knees.

5. Try them on again to see if it’s the desired length.

6. Throw them in the washer for the fibers to fray naturally.

That would be all for the simple raw hen and knee rips. However for the frayed hem you need a lot more time and patience but it’s totally worth it.


1. Grab some tweezers and scissors.

2. I really wanted a longer frayed so I did some cuts around every inch-inch and a half so the fraying would be easier.


3. Grab your tweezers and start fraying every section until the whole boot is frayed. Go deeper if desired.


4. Throw them in the washer and you’ll get the perfect frayed hem without paying lots of money.

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