Looking at the fashion world right now, it seems ripped jeans are here to stay. Not all of us can afford to drop money on the perfect pair – but what about learning how to make ripped jeans yourself?
All you need to get started is a pair of jeans and something to cut them with. If you’ve got some time, some creativity, and some jeans that have seen better days, and you can learn how to make torn jeans. Just follow these steps.
Step 1: Choosing your jeans
Until you’re a DIY ripped jeans pro, you’re best off starting with a pair you already have at home. Most of us have a pair of well-loved jeans that we can’t quite bear to part with, so start by digging them out and checking them over. Once you’ve picked a pair, you can throw them in the wash with a little bleach if you want to fade them and add a ‘distressed’ look.
A cut above the rest: This article may be about how to rip your own jeans but not all tears are created equal. If there are already holes in the crotch or bum area, that particular pair might be beyond saving.
Step 2: Choosing your tools
Learning how to rip your jeans correctly means choosing the best tools. Scissors are great for basic rips and tears but if you want a frayed effect then you’ll need to work on the denim a little beforehand with sandpaper, a pumice stone or some steel wool. Small scissors or craft knives are great for more delicate rips too.
Step 3: Choosing where to rip
Learning how to rip jeans is important, but so too is knowing where to rip them. Put your jeans on for a moment, then take a washable pen and map out your incisions. Ideally, you should do this standing up. Remember to take them off for the next part, though!