15 Frayed And Fancy Hem DIYs That Will Upgrade Your Jeans

There are countless amazing tutorials for taking an old pair of jeans and making them look like new again thanks to a few snips here and a few embellishments here. However, if you want to get your crafting on and get the hottest denim trend around, you just need to focus on the hems.

From frayed hems, to fringed hems, to hems decorated with fabric, fancy jeans hems are as hot as Zayn Malik at the moment. You only need to do a quick Instagram scroll of #ootd looks to tell you that. If you want to try the look, but don’t want to drop $50 on a pair of jeans that have a little bit trim on the hem, you can upgrade an old pair of jeans for well under $10. If that isn’t enough of a reason to try the trend right there, I don’t know what is.

Oh, I  know another thing: The vast majority of frayed hem jeans tutorials are easy. You don’t need to do much. Just a few steps and you have a brand new pair of jeans. And sometimes you don’t even need to sew. Have I convinced you? Take a look at 15 easy DIYs to upgrade your jeans hems.

1. There are softly frayed hems and then there are proper fringed hems. This one definitely falls into the latter category.

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2. Not quite ready for full-on fringe? Raw hems are the place to start.




3. Note that all frayed hems are not the same. If you’re looking for long and thick frayed edges, this is your tutorial.




4. Who said that lace is just for dresses? It’s not. These cute jeans prove that.



5. Get thee to thy nearest craft store and buy some fake pearls to sew onto the cuff of your jeans.




6. Whether you want to sew or glue this contrasting fabric on, just promise that you’ll actually do it.




7. Who said anything about having both of your hems match? The embellishment on only one leg is cool. However, you could always put it on both legs if you want. If you’ve got the crystals, use ’em.




8. Don’t stop at just frayed hems. Add in an uneven finish, too. Bonus: It helps show off your shoes.




9. Cuffed jeans are cool but the addition of the black lace really kicks these ones up a notch.




10. Some call this eyelash fringing, but I like to just call it pretty.




11. Draw some attention to a baby fringe hem with a saying running down your leg. You can write it with fabric markers or you can embroider it on.




12. Add some tassels and a fabric band and you’re golden. You can do this with a sewing machine or you could do it with fabric glue.




13. Now those are hem goals. You can DIY the look with small scissors or a sharp knife. If you don’t want the edges to fray, sew around them.




14. It’s all about the placement of the crochet pieces on these jeans. Note that the DIY would look just as good with blue, black, or gray jeans.




15. Save some of those studs from your jacket to put on your jeans.




Would you wear jeans with statement hems? Let us know in the comments!

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