How to Make Ripped Jeans in 5 Easy Steps

How to Make Ripped Jeans in 5 Easy Steps

Wearing ripped jeans is a fine art, really. Done right, they look fashioned forward and cool but one wrong tear and you’re on your way to wrong side.

The distressed style has fallen in and out of fashion favour since the 1980’s, but it seems that lately, they’re more popular than ever before.

The problem with buying already distressed denim is that you don’t have much control over the rips of denim by themselves.

That might sound a little bit like a typical problem, but we all have our preferences when it comes to placement, size, and scope of the tears.

Do we like two gaping holes at the knees, a few tiny nicks, or a series of serious slashes down the leg?

Are we looking for something more ripped or something we might wear on casual Friday party?

That’s why, rather than ponying up to $200 for a designer pair, we suggest a little tips for yourself action.

Here are 5 simple steps that outline how to rip jeans yourself.

  1. Choose Your Denim

The first step is picking out which pair of jeans you want to rip it.

Tight and skinny, or boyfriend style?

Black, white, or blue?

Highwaisted or mid-rise?

We find it’s best to do a few trial runs with either a pair of jeans you don’t want to wear anymore, or denim you’ve picked up for cheap at spots like Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

You definitely don’t want to take to your new pair of $200 top brands with a scissor just yet.

If you want your jeans to look extra worn, wash them a few times in hot water with little bleach before you get started. If not, read on!

  1. Gather Your Supplies to Distress and Rip

To really make jeans look ripped, it pays to distress them a bit before you start cutting the holes.

To do this, you’ll need to grab some sandpaper or a paint removing block, steel wool, and a pumice stone.

For the holes in denim, use a pair of super sharp small scissors, an X-Acto knife, or a box cutter.

We like to use a piece of cardboard or a small wooden block inside the pant legs so you don’t alter or cut the back of the jeans unless you want to.

  1. Put Your Jeans On to Mark

Use a pen, chalk or a safety pin to mark or denote exactly where you want your rips or distressed areas.

You might need to grab a ruler, too. It’s a key do this while you’re standing.

  1. Start Distressing

Lay the jeans flat on some smooth surface and start rubbing your marked areas with your sandpaper, steel wool, and the pumice stone until the denim starts to really thin out and look worn.

Obviously, the time it takes to get ripped is depend on the thickness of your jeans.

If you really want to go for it in the knee area or butt area, tape some piece of sandpaper to the floor and then put the jeans back on the sandpaper, and sliding  around the sandpaper.

  1. Start Making Your Holes 

After your jeans are sufficiently distressed, take your scissors or knife and use the edge( not the tip of your scissors).

To start horizontally scrap the area where you want your rips to be.

If you don’t want holes all the way, scrape enough that you start to see the white horizontal threads lines beneath the denim’s surface.

Once you’re there, you can start using a tweezer to fray the threads. If skin is what you’re after, start cutting the distressed areas with your knife or scissors.

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