As promised in my previous post, in this post I will provide a step-by-step process on how to rip your own jeans.
What you will need:
Chalk/pen Bread knife
Step one: Choose your jean
First step, obviously, is picking out which pair of jeans you want to rip. I would suggest that you choose a pair of old jeans from your closet if this is your first time ripping your own jeans, as you do not want to mess up your brand new jeans. It is best to do a few trial runs with a pair of jeans you don’t really wear anymore.
Step two: Gather the “tools” to rip your jeans
Use a pen/chalk to outline the areas on your jeans to rip. Then use a razor to start distressing the jeans (do not use scissors, as you will not get a natural ripped look, scissors tend to make the rips too straight and plain “boring”). To rip my jeans I used a piece of cardboard inside the pant legs so that I don’t alter the back of the jeans as I did not want rips at the back.
Step three: Start distressing
Lay the jeans flat and start rubbing your marked areas with your razor-blade until the denim starts to really thin out and look worn. You can use the bread knife to cut out pieces of extra material that will hang while distressing your jean. The time it takes to do this step depends on the thickness of your jeans. If you don’t want holes all the way through, scrape enough that you start to see the white horizontal threads beneath the denim’s surface.