How to make used jeans look new

Updated April 17, 2017

Jeans are a staple in most wardrobes and a favourite pair of jeans might find its way into the clothing rotation more often than others. As a result, denim can fade and wear out quickly. One of the easiest ways to make old jeans look new again is to trim frayed stitching and dye the denim a darker shade to cover up old wear and tear.

Wash the jeans you want to repair as you normally would. Dry the denim until it is lightly damp.

Cut off any frayed strings or stitching on the jeans. Fraying most commonly occurs along the bottom cuffs and back pockets. Make sure all the frayed stitching has been removed.

Put on latex gloves and prepare a basin as per the directions on the clothing dye box.

Place the jeans in the dye bath and leave them in for the amount of time recommended on the dye instructions.

Remove the jeans from the dye and rinse them in a sink until the water runs mostly clear. Place them in the washing machine and wash the jeans on delicate with warm water.

Hang the jeans to dry.


Each dye has different directions so read them carefully.


Dye will stain clothing and hands. Use latex gloves and precaution when working with the dye.

Things You'll Need

  • Jeans
  • Washing basin
  • Clothing dye (Dark blue)
  • Nail scissors
  • Latex gloves
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Andie Francese has been working as a freelance blogger and content creator since 2006. She has created content for Moviefone, Blogging Stocks and several other high traffic online entities, focusing on entertainment and technology. Francese graduated from Mercy College in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and journalism.