The denim used to make jeans is one of the most durable fabrics used for clothing. They should outlast every other article of clothing you own. When ripped jeans became fashionable, they also became more costly, but you can easily learn to design your own.
If you prefer to rip your own jeans instead of buying a pair, follow these instructions.
Sandpaper or file
- Wash the denim jeans. Start with slightly worn jeans if you can. If you are starting with a newly purchased pair, run them through the laundry three or four times.
- Decide where you want the rip located. Rips should be placed at pressure points such as the knees, seat, hips and pockets. These are the areas that are frequently rubbed against the ground during your daily activities. Believe it or not, you need to be somewhat strategic.
- Cut a small slit. With the scissors, make a small cut near the center of where you want the rip.
- Rub the fabric with sandpaper or file. Choose the roughest sand paper or file you can find. Rub vigorously across the area.
- Shape the rip using a safety pin. If you are looking to create a hole instead of a small slit, you will need some extra help. Use the safety pin to pull loose threads. Start with the first thread to rip jeans. Insert the pin point in between the threads and slowly pull the single thread loose, then tear the thread. Continue removing one at a time until you have the desired opening.
- Rub the fabric again. Use the sandpaper or file again to roughen the edges of the hole you created. Leave some frayed parts intact if that is the look you are going for.
- Wash the jeans. Once you have the desired affect, toss the jeans back into the laundry. Run them through the wash cycle at least twice. If you want, you can put a teaspoon of bleach in the water to lighten the jeans and the frayed edges.
- Wear the jeans. Show off your newest creation by wearing them. Remember that the more you wear them, the more the rip will become worn. Soon it will look as though you’ve been wearing your favorite jeans for years.
Wear your ripped jeans with pride. It may take practice to wear down to the perfect rips and tears. Soon, however, they will look like they came from a designer.