DIY Patched & Distressed Boyfriend Jeans

The patch trend is back and is in full fledge action, and I’m totally in love and obsessed with it! I have been on a crazy extravaganza hunt to find the perfect pair of patched up, ripped up, pair of boyfriend jeans, and have had no luck finding a good pair at any clothing store!

I mean, just trying to go up and out of my way to find the perfect fitting boyfriend jeans with the perfect placed patches and the perfect ripped-up distressed holes was really annoying since a lot of times they were either out of stock, not in my size or just way too over-priced.

This is why I took matters in my own hands and DIYed it myself, since it was a lot more cost-effective and affordable to just do it in the comfort of my own home and skip out on all that nonsense hooblah!

And if you’re anything like me, and tired of trying to find that right jean that you’re oh-so in love with, then I will tell you exactly how to achieve the boyfriend jeans of your dreams without having to spend a ton of money.

So let’s get started!

What you’ll need for your DIY patched distressed jeans


  • Boyfriend jeans
  • A towel
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Ink pen
  • Iron
  • Iron-on fashion patches

Mark where you would like your ideal distress holes to be

I drew lines on both of the knees, the right thigh, below the left front pocket as well as on the right back pocket of the jeans.

I would suggest to try them on first or hold them up to yourself, and then begin drawing out your lines with your ink pen on where you would like your holes and distress threads to be, so you can have a general idea of where they’re going to be placed on your jeans. Also, try to space your marks at least one to two inches apart from each other, so the distress threads aren’t too small and fragile when you’re making them.

Cut the lines


Take your pair of scissors and begin cutting the lines that you drew with your ink pen on each and every mark on your jean, until you’re finished.

Tweez out all the indigo threads


Once you’re finished cutting the lines, you’re going to take your tweezers and begin roughing up the raw edges on the cuts, until you start to notice loose threads hanging out from the jeans. Then, you will start to see where the white denim was sewn in versus where the indigo denim was sewn in, and you will easily be able to pull and pluck the indigo threads out with your tweezers, while leaving in all the white ones within the jeans. Keep in mind though, this step will take a while and is kind of tedious and stressful but thinking about the end results is what will keep you motivated, I promise!

This is what it should look like when you’re done pulling out all the indigo threads and leaving only the white loose wavy threads in. (Also remember to wash the jeans at this part so the distress holes don’t look as raw and unfinished)

Place your iron-on patches on top of the jeans

I just placed the peace sign patch and many other patches on top of the jeans to see if I liked it or not, and just kept mixing and matching them until I was satisfied.

Make sure to mix and match your iron-on patches before you actually iron them onto your jeans, because you’ll never know what really looks best on which part of the jeans until you actually test it out and see. That’s why it’s important to place them all where you would like them to be, then step back…take a picture of them on your phone or camera, and then reevaluate what you could possibly change and alter.

Iron them

I did this for the patches in-front of the jeans and for the one on the back pocket too.

Yay, now the fun part is finally here! First you’re going to place a small towel on top of your fashion patches, then wait for your iron to heat up, and then press down on the towel with your iron for at least 30 seconds to a minute until you see the patch start to sink into the jean and get embedded into it. Make sure you keep lifting up the towel when you’re done ironing it to see the progress of the patch getting sunken into the jeans, so you don’t scorch anything important.

How it should look after the patches and distressed holes are added onto your jeans. Just make sure to let the patches rest for at least 24 hours before washing them with the pants so they don’t fall off.

Try ’em on!

Before I distressed the jeans and added patches.
After I distressed the jeans and added patches.

As you can clearly see, I successfully DIYed my jeans and I am absolutely head over heels for them! They have the right amount of distresses and patches on them, and in my opinion look like I actually got them at a famous clothing store like Agaci, Fly Jane or Asos; which is pretty impressive for a first time DIYer kind of girl.

Please let me know what you guys think about my newly improved boyfriend jeans, and if you would like to try this DIY for yourself, since it’s not just limited to boyfriend jeans only, but can be done with your skinny jeans, denim jackets, denim vests, overalls, shorts and many other denim garments that you probably own in your closet. Also, don’t forget to like this post if you haven’t already, as well as share it with your friends/family or to anyone else who’s maybe looking to reinvent their old or thrifted jeans.

And until next time, I will see you guys later!

xoxo – Arianna♥

16 thoughts

  1. Aaaah, I love how these turned out! I’ve been dying for a pair of patched up denim and never thought to attempt my own… I’ll be hunting for the necessary supplies! Thanks for the inspiration — lovely tutorial! <3

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