The raw hem / fringe jean trend has been really popular lately and I am loving it. My ideal pair would be the Fleetwood Flare Cut-Off Crop in Washed Out from Citizens of Humanity. However, I don’t have the big bucks to spend on a designer pair so I decided to DIY it with a pair of jeans I got from my roomie / bestie Shelby who got them from her mom who got them from a friend (talk about sisterhood of the traveling pants).
I was wanting something a little more light wash and with a little more flare (like the pair linked above), but you have to do what you can with what you have. So, here is how to get a raw hem jean without any cost at all by using the jeans in your closet!
- Decide where you want the new hem to fall. If you jeans are already at a cropped length you will just cut above the already there hem – lucky you. If your jeans are longer (like mine were) you will have to decide where you want the new hem. If you have some help, put the jeans on and have someone mark with a fabric pen or chalk where you want the hemlines. If you are doing this solo, I suggest using a ruler to mark 2 inches above the already there hem.
- Lay the jeans out as flat as possible and cut the new hemlines with a pair of sharp scissors. If you have a fabric scissors – that’s perfect! Cut across your drawn line or the hem slowly and neatly.
- Check the length of your new hem. Slide the jeans on to see if you like the new hemlines. If you are cutting a pair of longer jeans, this is where it is up to you to decide if you want to cut more. If you want a shorter hem, I suggest moving only half an inch up at a time (once you cut you can’t add it back on). Continue trying on and cutting off until you have the length you want. I think I ended up cutting about 4 inches off. Remember, you will be fraying the hem so make sure to consider how long you want the fray when cutting your hem.
- Create the fringe. This is where you can get creative and really make a unique pair of jeans. Take a pair of tweezers and pull out the white threads. I found this step was easier to flip the hem up – it makes seeing the white threads a lot easier. Continue pulling out threads until you have reached your desired level of fray. You can also fray the hem by rubbing the denim together or rubbing it with sandpaper, but I thought using the tweezers was quicker (and honestly a little therapeutic). If you want a clean fringe (aka no hanging white threads) trim them off.
Now I am in search for the perfect outfit for these! Pin the photo below to save this DIY for later. Happy Wednesday!