Happy Saturday everyone! This weekend I’m going thrift shopping for jeans. I’m planning to hit up my favorite “everything $2” store in the hopes they will have jeans I can be creative with. (I have my supplies all ready…) Cheers!
Acquiring a fashionable pair of ripped jeans can be expensive — unless you know how to make them yourself. It requires a little patience, but the process is pretty simple.
- Do some research. Look online and in fashion magazines for the best-looking rips. Most jean companies seem to place them in areas that you wouldn’t naturally tear.
- Find your jeans. Try jeans from a thrift shop for practice if you’re new at this.
- Decide on the size and shape of the rip. It may enlarge each time you wash your jeans, as the frayed ends get caught in washing machines. In a word, be conservative.
- Decide which techniques to use. You may wish to let the fabric become thin on its own.
- Gather your jeans, coarse sandpaper, pumice stone, wood file, grater, utility knife, scissors and a small, flat block of wood.
- Draw a cutting line or pattern on your jeans with a pencil.
- Place a block of wood inside the pant leg beneath the area.
- Rub and scrape the fabric in several different directions. Use sandpaper, a pumice stone, wood file and grater. These will fray the fabric.
- Loosen fibers by scraping with the blade of a utility knife.
- Using the scissors, cut a hole through the loosened fibers.
- For a cute look, you can wear colored nylons or stockings beneath your ripped jeans.
- Bleach parts of the jeans for that extra destroyed look.
Things You’ll Need
- Coarse sandpaper
- Pumice stone
- Wood file
- Utility knife (Straight Edge razor works well to wear the denim down)
- Small, flat block of wood
- Pencil or dark marker
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