DIY – How to Rip Your Own Jeans… on a budget

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!

How to Rip Your Own Jeans

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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.


  1. 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.
  2. Find your jeans. Try jeans from a thrift shop for practice if you’re new at this.
  3. 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.
  4. Decide which techniques to use. You may wish to let the fabric become thin on its own.
  5. Gather your jeans, coarse sandpaper, pumice stone, wood file, grater, utility knife, scissors and a small, flat block of wood.
  6. Draw a cutting line or pattern on your jeans with a pencil.
  7. Place a block of wood inside the pant leg beneath the area.
  8. Rub and scrape the fabric in several different directions. Use sandpaper, a pumice stone, wood file and grater. These will fray the fabric.
  9. Loosen fibers by scraping with the blade of a utility knife.
  10. Using the scissors, cut a hole through the loosened fibers.
  11. For a cute look, you can wear colored nylons or stockings beneath your ripped jeans.
  12. Bleach parts of the jeans for that extra destroyed look.

Things You’ll Need

  • Jeans
  • Coarse sandpaper
  • Pumice stone
  • Wood file
  • Grater
  • Utility knife (Straight Edge razor works well to wear the denim down)
  • Scissors
  • Small, flat block of wood
  • Pencil or dark marker

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