Shoe trends and links for women who have CMT, MS, EDS, And other neurological disorders and wear AFOs

You are going to LOVE DIY frayed denim jeans! It’s one of my favorite ways to repurpose jeans and has added a lot to my wardrobe without a big expense.

One of the easiest ways to update an old pair of jeans is to cut off the bottom seam. Some skinny jeans taper close to the bottom.  By cutting the fixed seam, they may become stretchy enough to fit over an afo (orthotics).  Frayed denim pairs perfect with either high-top sneakers or ankle wrapped sandals.  Oh, wait!  Here’s even more cool spring footwear that’ll look amazing with frayed denim! You can also easily update slim, straight, flare and bootcut style denim.

This is a super easy DIY!  Don’t fret if you have hand neuropathy.  Really.  It’s a quick project.  Just cut off the bottom seam.  Denim, over time, will fray on its own.  The more ‘string’, the better!  I have a few tips and tricks to help with your hand weakness. I am the voice of experience here!  And don’t worry about an uneven edge on your denim. If your cut is a little off, it will look purposeful!   For those who have trouble cutting, ask a friend to help.

Here are the steps for DIY frayed denim:


  • Use chalk and a measuring tape to mark cut lines about two inches above the current seam in order to hit at the bottom ankle.
  • Use scissors to cut the marked chalk lines. (Don’t worry if it’s not perfect!)
  • For more fraying, sandpaper can be used on the ends.
  • Pull any loose threads you don’t want.
  • Throw jeans in washer and dryer.
  • Wear.  Enjoy!

There you have it! Easy peasy DIY frayed denim jeans!  People will think you spent big money on high end fraying denim fashion when all it took is a few minutes, a pair of scissors, a tape measure, sandpaper, and a good washing! Woalah!

For additional DIY and hacks for those with invisible disabilities, check out my other hacks.

Or, if you are interested in more fashion ideas, you will love my post about Fall Fashion ideas where I mention this DIY frayed jean post and outfits including the footwear, accessories and more!  Hey!  We’re in this together!  xoxo

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