DIY Cutoff & Bleached Denim Jacket

Sometimes I just get really bored and start cutting my clothes up, dying them, bleaching them etc. I usually have to go to like five different sites to find instructions on what I want to do so I figured I could share here!

For this project, I found a couple images for inspiration and decided to bleach & crop a denim jacket. I’d link these, but they are all sold out… which means your only option is to make one at home! The good news is that it’s super easy and you probably already have everything you need at home.

Without further ado, here is the very simple tutorial for how to create your own DIY bleached cutoff denim jacket.

PART I: Bleaching

Items needed:

  • Denim jacket
  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Plastic spoon
  • Stainless steel sink
  • You should also probably wear rubber gloves, but I didn’t feel like running to the store so I just washed my hands with soap directly after.
  • I also recommend wearing older clothes while doing this as the bleach may splash.

Step 1. Plug the sink. Dump in the bottle of bleach. You will need to aim for one part bleach and one part water. An easy way to do this is to fill the bleach bottle with water after you pour out the bleach. You’ll need to have enough of the mixture to cover the jacket completely. You can add some extra water if you need to, but it may take longer for the bleach to work. Stir it with the spoon.

Step 2. Put the jacket in the mixture. Make sure it’s fully submerged. You can use the spoon to push it down. Set a timer for fifteen minutes.

Step 3. After fifteen minutes, check on the jacket. If it isn’t as light as you want, you can leave it in longer. Just keep checking pretty frequently. You won’t want to leave it in too long because the bleach can break down the fabric. Remember, the jacket will look lighter once it’s dry.

Step 4. When the jacket is the shade you want, drain the sink and then rinse the jacket thoroughly under the faucet.

Step 5. Throw it in the washer and dryer. This goes with out saying, but obviously do not put other clothes in with it. I also usually wash old towels afterward in case there is any remnants of bleach left.

Step 6. Remove from dryer. Voila! A bleached jacket.

PART II: Cutting

Items needed: Scissors, cheese grater

Step 1. Try on the jacket in front of the mirror. I recommend trying it on with a cropped shirt or whatever type of shirt you imagine you’ll want to wear with it so you can make sure you get it the right length. Mark the length you want it.

Step 2. Lay the jacket flat on a counter top. Make sure the bottoms are lined up and that it’s perfect flat.

Step 3. Cut the jacket. If you’re unsure of the length, I recommend cutting a little bit off at a time and trying it on each time.

Step 4. Roll the bottom of the jacket up like an enchilada so that the ends are lined up. Go at it with the cheese grater. I used a small grater and then swapped it out for a bigger one so that I could really shred it up. Pull the strings at the bottom to unravel it a bit more. Keep grating until it looks how you want it to.

Step 5. Put on your new cutoff denim jacket and enjoy!

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