How To Rip Your Own Jeans
If you want a pair of ripped jeans, but you can’t afford to buy a new pair, you should learn how to rip your own jeans. It is easy to learn how to rip your own jeans within a short time period as this project doesn't require any special skills. Though it is possible to rip your jeans while still wearing them, it is advisable to rip them while they are off your body to make it easier to take measurements. This also minimizes the chances of cutting yourself.
Things you will need:
- A pair of jeans
- Safety pins
- Bleach (optional)
- Determine the type of rip you want. There are different styles of ripped jeans. The style depends on the size and shape of the rip. Find a rip that best suits you or a style that is in vogue. You can research online or look up fashion magazines to see the different types of rips available.
- Decide where the rip will be. Jeans are commonly ripped at pressure points, such as the knees, the hips, pocket or seat, because these areas are frequently rubbed against when going through your daily activities, leading to natural wear and tear.
- Trace out the area to be ripped. It is advisable to trace and shape out the area you would like to cut with a pencil first. This will make it easier for you to make the rip.
- Rub the jeans with sandpaper. Use the file or sandpaper to rub the jeans thoroughly in the area you want to rip. This makes the fabric lighter and thinner to make it easier to cut.
- Make holes in the jeans. Use scissors to make a small cut in the area you would like to rip. After making the hole, use the pointed edge of the scissors or a safety pin to pull lose the strings. Pull out the strings one at a time until you have the desired shape of the rip in your jeans.
- Rub the jeans with sandpaper again. Using sandpaper or the file, rub against the ripped area. This will roughen the edges of the rip. Leave some frayed threads on the garment to make the rip look natural.
- Wash the jeans. This will age the jeans a bit, especially if you add bleach to the water. Washing also frays the cuts more and improves the look of the jeans.
- Try them on. See how the jeans fit and look on you. if you are not satisfied with the ripped look, make the necessary adjustments until you achieve the look you want.