How to Whisker Denim

by Jenny Parker ; Updated September 28, 2017

Distress your jeans with whiskering.

Dark blue jeans texture, jeans pocket image by Antalia from

If you like the look of distressed jeans, you can create artificial whiskers without waiting months or years for your new jeans to achieve a weathered look naturally. You can make faded and creased lines in your denim, in less than 30 minutes, with supplies that you may already have around the house.

Put on the jeans that you’re planning to distress and sit down in a chair so that you can clearly see where the jeans naturally wrinkle in the upper thigh area. This is where your whiskers will show up.

Wrap a sheet of sandpaper around the edge of a small block of wood. If you don’t have any wood, a deck of cards will do the trick just as well. Secure the sandpaper with tape to ensure that it won’t slip off the block while you’re sanding.

Rub the sandpaper over the natural creases and wrinkles of your jeans. The wrinkled areas will begin to lighten as the sandpaper distresses them.

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About the Author

Jenny Parker is a New England-based entrepreneur who has been writing since 1995. Parker writes extensively on creative self-employment and genealogy; her work has appeared on and She also has self-published several short story collections and is currently working on her first non-fiction book chronicling the history of her ancestors in America.