DIY Ripped Jeans

Ripped jeans are just so rad and super hot. Though you can buy them almost everywhere, ripping jeans can be done at home as well - an excellent way of reusing a pair of old jeans in fact.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram have seen that I’ve done the same with a pair of shorts (like here) and since then a lot of you have been asking me how to achieve this gorgeous frayed effect on your denim.  So, a friend and I met up to distress our respective jeans and I decided to make a tutorial out of our little ‘jeans ripping date!’

So here goes..

Things You Need:

  1. Jeans/shorts or anything denim that you want to rip of course!
  2. A pencil or marker to mark where you’ll be making the cuts
  3. A sharp pair of scissors
  4. Tweezers
  5. A cheese grater (optional)

First, it is important to wear your jeans and walk around in them so that it sits naturally on you. Then use the marker/pencil to mark exactly where you want to rip the denim. Here, we’ve stuck to simple knee rips for the grey jeans. As for the blue denims, a simple tear for the right knee  as well as a more distressed kind of rip for the left knee and a small patch on the thigh. Once the markings are made, you can finally get ripping!

Now hold the denim up (where the marking has been made) and make a slight slit. It is from this slit that the cut must be extended in a horizontal line (try to stay as accurate as possible here!)

Now if you’re just looking for completely open slits, your job is almost done! Just take one arm of the scissor and run it along the cut you’ve made to fray it further. Do this for as long as you want until you get the desired look.

If you want to go for distressed slits or patches instead, the process is slightly different. Here you mark the point where you want the patch and cut two horizontal lines in the shape of the desired patch. You will then notice that the blue (or whichever colour your denim is) threads are vertical whereas the white being horizontal. The process is to use the tweezers and pluck out all the blue threads, leaving only the white. This may be a bit difficult in the beginning and will require some tugging, but it gets easier as you go along. Though most people find this process very frustrating, I would call myself peculiar in the sense that I find it strangely calming. Never mind my weirdness. But the job is DONE!

*The cheese grater can be used instead of the scissors to distress the cuts although it is a longer process so I prefer using the scissors.

The cuts and rips can be added wherever you please. Add more after doing it the first time even! It’s all about getting 

creative with your denim. The best results can be seen after the first wash.

So get working with this fun DIY project and distress those denims!