21 March 2017

DIY Fringe Hem Jeans & Embroidered Loafers

diy fringe hem jeans and embroidered floral loafers
Go to your kitchen, grab a cheese grater and voila: a brand new wardrobe staple!

Fringe hem jeans and embroidered loafers have been on my lust list since they first popped up on my Pinterest.

Instead of forking out thousands on the must-have Gucci numbers, I opted for this gorgeous $40 Boohoo pair.

As for the jeans, well **cough cough** all it took was a cheese grater.

Yes: I'm serious.

These DIY fringe hem jeans are a reincarnation of an old pair of denims that I hacked up with a cheese grater.

Ready to make your own grate jeans? (Sorry, I had to!)

Read on for a tutorial on how to create these DIY fringe hem jeans and see how I styled mine up oh-so-street-style worthy with these floral embroidered loafers

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Loafers: Boohoo
Sunglasses: Prada
Shirt: An old white shirt that I pulled down off the shoulders

Surely I'm not the only one that attaches emotions and memories to certain pieces of clothing?

These jeans are a prime example. Having bought them on my working holiday abroad in the USA, they have slowly been accumulating dust at the back of my wardrobe. Every time I go to do a clear out, they somehow magically ricochet from my 'donate' pile and back into their prime dusty spot.

Rather than throwing away the jeans I bought at Forever 21 in Santa Monica (USA readers, don't laugh! Forever 21 wasn't existent in the UK and Forever 21 in the epitome of American), I decided to give them a sexy make over so that I'd actually wear them again.

After a cheeky trip to the cheese grater, my Forever 21 DIY fringe hem jeans are hot and ready for 2017!

I apologize for the lack of photos of my actually creating the jeans. After receiving so many messages in response to me grating my jeans on Instagram story to create these, I thought I'd give you a step by step guide on how to create these DIY fringe hem jeans.

In attempt to look like someone from the Milan glam pack, I styled them with these drool-worthy floral embroidered loafers.

DIY Fringe Hem Jeans Tutorial

Warning: Please wear gloves, I found out the hard way and my poor fingertips ended up a little grated. 

I'd write an inventory list for this tutorial, but everything you need for this DIY fringe hem jeans tutorial is quite literally sitting in your kitchen pantry. Without further adieu, get thee to the kitchen to find a cheese grater and a pair of scissors. Oh yes.. you also need an old pair of denim jeans.

Note: This could blunt your cheese grater. I used the smallest grater size, cos who on earth wants small pieces of cheese?!

Done? Great. Here's a brie-f diagram to help you in your DIY:

diy fringe hem jeans tutorial

  1. Grab your scissors and simply cut off the hems on the bottom of the jeans.
  2.  Cut the front half of the jeans approximately one inch smaller than the back. (See A)
  3.  Grab the front layer of your jeans and place the bottom inch of denim inside down on the cheese grater and grate downwards in one direction. (See B)
  4.  Keep going until you have distressed the bottom inch of the jeans.
  5. Pull out the horizontal wefts to create fringes.
  6. Repeat on the back layer of the denim.
  7. Repeat on the other leg. 
 Voila: You have some fringe hem jeans!

Here's my fave embroidered loafers to style them with:
From left: ASOS, Boohoo, Free People


  1. With a cheese grater?! Damn, talk about a brilliant DIY indeed. LOL! I donated all my old jeans so have none to try this with but it's a definite bookmark!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  2. Oh my goodness Rach, you are slaying the diy fringe hem jeans and embroidered loafers so damn HARD! Absolutely love this cute combo on you, as per you have me 100% ready to enter style paradise with sunblock and a poolside inflatable at the ready. Boohoo are killin' it lately, loving these loafers so much. Off the shoulder vibes never looked so divine; this top is all the stunning on you. And talk about a diamond DIY! I don't think I've ever heard of such an awesome hack (or should that be grate haha) ;) The jeans look absolutely stunning, such a creative way of turning an old pair of jeans into a bang up to date babin' essential. I'm totally eyeing up those Free People loafers too, talk about jazzy and summery times a trill! <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

  3. Always love your outfits! :)

  4. Oh yes! I remembered when I spent hours doing the fringes of my denim pants! It looks cool and easy to do, but I know it's very time consuming! Love yours babe!

  5. I love the idea of DIY fringe jeans and how gorgeous are these white detailed loafers, they look so elegant on you!

    It's always so much fun to experiment with style and you have shown this very nicely in this beautiful post.

    Laura xo

  6. I love the way you wear that op and the loafers are really cool! I simply love embroidery :D

  7. You've definitely turned your jeans into one sexy staple. Forget about the cheese, as long as you've got a sexy pair of jeans, right 😁! Love your embroidery loafers as well ❤

    Have a fabulous day!

  8. Yes! I need to try this out. I've been wanting a pair but can't seem to find a dark hue pair and one that's suitable for someone with short legs (because there's no point if they're too long). just got to find an old unwanted pair (or something on sale hahaha)! And yes to those Boohoo loafers. I just got a pair in from Missguided today and in love.


  9. Babes this idea is bloody GENIUS - love it! I'm definitely going to try this as I've wanted some frayed hem jeans for ages and I have so many old pairs which I could jazz up! P.s loving those loafers too!

    Hayley xo

  10. This is such a great idea! And this is so in style right now! Love this idea.

  11. This is such a fab look, love the loafers!

    Faye .x


  12. I thought that this loafers are from designer and when I saw that you got them from Boohoo, I was quite shocked! Boohoo surprises me! Love them

  13. Oh yes. Hello, spring fashion.

  14. Your jeans are so cute! Using a cheese grater is a clever idea :)

  15. These Fringe Hem jeans look so beautiful on you and accentuates your beauty..! Love those embroidered loafers too!! Kisses, Neha

  16. Whaaaat I can't believe you distressed your jeans with a cheese grater! That is absolutely genius and I am totally going to give this trick a try!


  17. Love this post! You are a genius!

    Xx, Lucinda

  18. wow babe u are so pretty :)))
    hope u can like my video <3

  19. Wonderful and perfect! I follow you blog, please follow me too.

  20. omg so creative. I really like fringed jeans. will try to DIY my old jeans <3


  21. Lol, you're way too funny, girl! Seriously, though, no one wants small grated pieces of cheese, haha. Wow, when I saw this look on your IG, I had no idea you had DIY'd these, they came out perfect! I also love these loafers and was on the Boohoo site yesterday looking at similar pairs, I think I may get a few myself, they're so cute and affordable! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial and idea with us, beauty, and I hope you're having a great week so far!



  22. this is so cool. I'll give it a try


  23. That DIY guide is so good though! I have a few pair old jeans that I'm tired of, so I could definitely try to do this. Love this trend. And yes to your shoes babe, they're so good! Xx

  24. Wow what a creative DIY guide. Definitely need to give it a try.
    Loving this trend on you. Stunning and those loafers........gorge!!!!

  25. Those look so cute on you! Also obsessed with the white loafers!

  26. Yess girl! I've definitely seen a lot of those loafers in black, but I think I might like the white ones better! The white color of the shoe definitely makes the embroidery stand out a lot more :) Hope you have an amazing day babe!

    P.s - my blog got a facelift and I would love for you to check it out!!
    XO Jessi,

  27. Wow Rach you are slaying the latest trends with ease. I love those Gucci inspired loafers and I might get myself a pair and bear the custom charges. Great tips too

  28. These shoes are amazing! The embroidery is so cute <3

    X Merel

  29. I love these Gucci lookalikes. I am so obsessed with all Gucci lately!
    Fab look X

  30. This is the most genius way to distress denim that I have ever heard of. What a great way to make use of a tool you already own that was originally intended for something else. You are so creative girl. Thanks for sharing this new technique!

  31. Such a great Idea babe you are a genius!! I will never imagine this is how you get fringe jeans hahaha For sure will try this with my favourite jeans when I'm back home! I will have to use my moms cheese grater since I don't have mine anymore :)


  32. This is such a great idea and your jeans have turned out amazing! I was literally just looking at buying a pair of jeans like this yesterday but instead of forking out for a new pair I'm going to try this on some that I already have. I'm not sure they will turn out as well as this as DIY is not my strong point but it's worth a go :) x

  33. Dear Rachel,
    You are so skilled! Your DIY fringe hem jeans turned out perfect. Thanks for sharing your tips as I have so many jeans I do not wear :)
    Love your blouse and for sure your super wonderful shoes, too!
    Happy weekend <3
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  34. Dear Rachel,
    My goodness! Just when I thought you could not possibly be any more amazing, here you go and present this fabulous DIY idea - well , 2 ideas ! I know exactly what I will be attempting on my next free weekend!

  35. Rachel, i love an idea that you can do it yourself, without spending other money to buy a jeans. I also love your shoes, they look so comfy! I need to DIY my jeans

  36. I am loving both of these trends this year so I am totally obsessed with this look on you. Those lofers are gorgeous!

  37. Seriously this is genius girl!! I love how you've reinvented your jeans into something completely new and on trend. I've got so many pairs of jeans that need some revamping ;)

    Helen xx

  38. This is AMAZING! What a great tutorial to create one of my favorite trends right now! I love these jeans and you totally nailed it with this fringe! Also, love the shoes, and $40? Yes, please!!!!!!
    You look gorgeous and so chic! Love this look babe. Thanks for sharing this tutorial, I honestly had no idea this was such an easy DIY!

  39. This is such a great DIY and totally cost-effective too, as I've noticed this trend tends to cost more than average denim jeans - so it's great to know it's something that can be done at home! :) You look lovely, as always!

  40. These are too cute! I'm gonna get my grater and go to town... they are way cuuuuuuuute! I loose. Have a great Sunday, girlie!


  41. I don't know why I haven't thought of doing that earlier! Such a good idea! Thanks for sharing, dear.

    xoxo from Napa Valley!


  42. love your diy jeans! they came out so cute!

  43. You know i've been seeing so many gucci shoes dupe offered on so many shoe stores online and in stores recently - but i have to say this one you got from boohoo has got to be my favourite dupe!
    They look great and i love the rose print on the top.


  44. Beautiful outfit! Love it head to toe. These loafers are so pretty and feminine, embroidery has become one of the biggest trends during the season. They look totally chic and sophisticated.
    Enjoy your week!

  45. I need those Fab shoes. Such a great look

  46. I need a pair of jeans like this. They have been hard for me to find but i really haven't looked that hard yet. You look fabulous in them by the way. Maybe I could just try the tutorial that you have shared. Either would be a great idea. I don't think I have a pari of old jeans laying around that I would want to destroy at the time. I love how you made this is so perfect.

  47. oOoOoo I didn't know that's how you do it! I want to give it a try. Your jeans look great!


  48. Girl! I'm about to go home and pull pull out my old denim and go to town! Best post I've read today! Love yours! You did such a good job and also how cute are those loafers? So amazing! Great post friend!

    Manda |

  49. cheese grader? I didn't know its that easy. Thanks for the tip girl. I really like you whole outfit here, It's so trendy.

    xo, Maryam

  50. Girl I love this idea. I never even thought to do this! So chic! And absolutely love those loafers. Such a cute look girl!

  51. Such a great idea to use a cheese grater as distressing method!! I must try it because I have a few pair of jeans I'd love to transform. Love those Gucci lookalikes, they are so pretty and only a fraction of the cost!! Thanks for sharing your styling tips!

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  52. Hah, just like you I have an emotional attachment to certain pieces of clothing and what better way to make them come alive again than updating them like you did here with the fringe hems? I've been thinking about doing some distressing on several denim items, but never thought I could actually use a cheese grater for that. Now I know and will make it a project of mine :)

  53. I'm very much into embroidery at the moment, but how cute are these loafers are! I've bought ones from Topshop, they look pretty much the same. But having the pair of these beauties, would be just great!

    Cheers, Eliza |

  54. Hey Love,
    How are you?
    Ohhhh just In Love with those cute Loafers, I never bought any yet, I was always afraid that looks strange on me but the Cute Blue one what you showed so Sweet:)and yours is sooo Perfect with that Jeans:) Super Fun & Boho Look for me:)
    Love Kisses
    Open Kloset By Karina
    Happy Week Darling

  55. in love love loveeeee with the fringe denim and embroidered shoes! They look so chic and sooo on trend at the moment! I totes am going to copy you haha! Love this look.

  56. I bought the black version and everyone thinks it's GUCCI! and I have to correct them because I don't want them to think it is then finds out its not. lol and as for your jeans that DIY? you're sooo good. how I wish I can do this too, might be disaster lol


  57. Such a great idea! I might try this myself. Loving your sandals! They look so chic and so on trend at the moment! xoxo Elif

  58. Absolutely love those embroidered loafers! Absolutely adorable!

    xo, mikéla /

  59. I'm definitely not judging or laughing about Forever 21. I'm very much so past 21 and I still pop my head in there from time to time to see what they have going on. I never would have thought you were serious about the cheese grater thing though. Who knew you could use that to do this?


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