If you’re tired of your dark blue jeans, why not make stonewashed jeans out of them? Instead of bleaching your jeans and making them whiter, give them a truly faded, worn look, as if you’ve had them for years. You can make stonewashed jeans in 2 days be using abrasive agents on the fabric that weaken the upper layer and expose the weave underneath. Making stonewashed jeans at home is inexpensive and anyone can do it. Here’s how.
What You’ll Need to Make Stonewashed Jeans
Cup of salt
Here’s How to Make Stonewashed Jeans at Home
Step #1. Soften the Jeans Fabric
Even if you’re turning an old pair of jeans into stonewashed jeans, it’s important to condition the fabric first. Dissolve a cup of ordinary household salt in a half bucket of warm water and mix well. Push the jeans underwater and leave them to soak for 2 days. This will soften the fabric as well as leave salt molecules in the fibers, which will help in making the stonewashed jeans.
Step #2. Stonewash the Jeans
After two days, spread the wet jeans on a work surface, like the sidewalk outside. Take the sandpaper and start sanding the jeans all over. The abrasive sandpaper coupled with the salt will give your old jeans the look of stonewashed jeans despite the fact that you will not be using the conventional method of circulating the jeans at high power with pumice stones. Stonewash the jeans as much or as little as you like. The more you rub, the more the upper (blue) layer of jeans will fade away, exposing the pale weave underneath.
Step #3. Fade the Stonewashed Jeans Further
Now hang your dripping stonewashed jeans on pants hangers to dry in the sun. The salt will cause the jeans fabrics to become even more stonewashed in appearance. Don’t squeeze the water out but let the stonewashed jeans drip dry.
Step #4. Wash the Stonewashed Jeans
If you have access to a washing machine just stick your stonewashed jeans in the regular cycle to get rid of the salt. If not, wash the jeans in a bucket filled with warm water and a scoop of detergent. Change the water twice to make sure you get all the salt out of the stonewashed jeans.
When you make stonewashed jeans you can always go back and stonewash them some more if you’re not happy with the results. So don’t over rub your jeans with sandpaper. Removing stonewashing from jeans is impossible, adding is always an option. And for another way to turn old clothes into modern fashion, read my article on how to bleach clothes for a chic new look.
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