How to Make Ripped Jeans in 5 Easy Steps

Ripped jeans are all the rage today. A lot of celebrities have been spotted wearing them and the big fashion companies have started making lots of varieties of the ripped jeans. Ripped jeans are not a new trend. It has hit the runways even before back in the days when our parents were teenagers so don’t be surprised if you see an old pair in your mom’s closet.

Although ripped jeans are basically jeans that were frayed and ‘ruined’, buying a new one can cost you a lot of money. Sometimes, ripped jeans are even pricier than ordinary jeans. So why would anyone spend money on ruined jeans, you ask? Well, mainly because it’s cool, it’s what’s hot. If you’re more on the practical side, though, and you still wish to be ‘in’ with the ripped jeans trend, why not make your own ripped jeans? It’s easy and you can make it with 5 simple and easy steps.

Who wears ripped jeans better? Miley Cyrus or Victoria Beckham? 

miley v bekham

Selena Gomez is stylin’ with her ripped jeans

selena gomez ripped jeans

The things you will need to make ripped jeans are a pair of jeans (an old pair of jeans will work out just fine), a pair of scissors, a cutting board, a cutter or a utility knife and some things that you can use to fray your jeans like sandpaper, a pumice stone, a grater or a wood file. Of course, you might also want to look for inspiration on the internet or from magazines.

Would you pair your ripped jeans with a pajama top? 

ripped jeans and pjs

  • Now, the first step is to decide where you want the rips and how big you want them to be. Once you’ve decided, mark those spots with chalk or pencil or whatever marking tool you have.  Keep in mind that the rip on ripped jeans will eventually become bigger in size after each time you wash your jeans so you might want to start with a fairly small one.

 Dark ripped jeans are sexy

dark ripped jeans

Ripped jeans are perfect for casual outfits

cute ripped jeans

  • Next, place the cutting board beneath the leg area where you want your jeans frayed or ripped and thin out the fabric using the fraying materials you have. If you’re using an old pair of jeans, it won’t be long until the fabric is frayed. Repeat this on all the areas where you want to rip your jeans. Also, do not feel limited to using just one fraying material.

 Top brand Top Shop’s take on ripped jeans

top shop ripped jeans

  • After you’re done fraying the fabric and you have enough frayed patches, keep the cutting board beneath and loosen the fabric by making small slits with your cutter or utility knife. Do light strokes just enough to loosen the fibers on the fabric. You don’t want to poke a hole on your pants just yet.

 Ripped jeans on the runway and on magazine spreads

super straight ripped

  • When the fibers are loose enough, take your scissors and cut one or two holes in each patch of frayed fabric. It may not look as ‘destroyed’ as you want it to be just yet but the fray will eventually become bigger every time you wash them. To get fluffier frays on your pants, run your pants on the dryer several times.

These ripped jeans shout ‘sexy’!  sexy ripped jeans

  • Lastly, if you want an extremely worn out look, you can bleach the areas where you frayed and ripped your jeans.

Partially ripped jeans

frayed jeans

A casual top paired with ripped jeans

street jeans