How To Rip Your Own Jeans

Ripping Your Jeans Is Easy if You Know How

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How many times has it happened that you have seen the ripped jeans of your dreams - with a price tag that sends you reeling backwards? Or jeans that you adore to death, but that would look so much better with rips? Don't worry. It happens to all of us, so it is a common problem. And like every common problem, it has a solution. An easy solution.

Step 1

Get out an old pair of jeans. If you are trying a rip for the first time, settle for an old pair of jeans. This way, even if you do make a mistake, you won't find yourself fretting over the loss of your favourite jeans ever.

Step 2

Make 'em older. Ripped jeans looks best when they have that familiar, very-worn-to-death look about them. To get it, use a hard metal sponge and scrub your jeans until they begin to wear thin. Do not rip them yet - you only want a few marks and scratches to get an older, cooler look.

Step 3

Alternatively, use pumice stones. Branded jeans are given that familiar, worn-out look by stone-washing them. The stone-washing process includes placing clothes in a large cloth-washer along with certain kinds of rocks (such as pumice stones). When the washer is switched on, the clothes are repeatedly beaten by the rocks and, consequently, acquire that rough and tough look we know (and adore) so well. You can't do all of this, of course, but you can certainly get your hands on a pumice stone or two. Rub this over your jeans until they seem aged enough. It's simple, and it's easy, too.

Step 4

Mark your jeans. Never try to rip your jeans when you have them on. While it may work, it may also turn out very wrong and you could hurt yourself. Take them off and use a prominent pencil or a washable marker to mark the place(s) where you want the rips.

Step 5

Use a cheese grater. Yes, it's a kitchen utensil and no, I am not out of my mind. Rub a cheese grater over your marks or, alternatively, a sharp knife. Continue the process until you can see the fabric starting to rip. The hole will grow bigger and bigger as more threads and strings start to separate. Stop when you have the rip size you desire.

Step 6

Be careful. Remember that you are dealing with rough and sharp objects. Be careful when ripping your jeans. Don't rub them too hard or be hasty with anything, or you may end up hurting yourself.


There are a number of other things that can replace metallic sponges, pumice stones, cheese graters and knives. A lot of people are known to use crotchet needles, scissors, sandpapers, cutters, blades and razors to rip their jeans just the way they want to. In the end, it all depends on you and what you are comfortable with.

Have fun ripping your own jeans!

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