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09

How to… rip and distress jeans

After umm-ing and err-ing about whether or not to rip up a pair of jeans myself or just buy a pair I finally bit the bullet today. I attacked these light blue denims with gusto and I’m happy to say after ripping, slashing, filing, tearing, snipping and fraying, I am delighted with the results. It took a bit of research and practise but I managed to get the look I was after. I wanted to make quite a few rips in the jeans and I wanted the rips to look authentic. This is the result, I turned up the hem for a more summery look.

Jeans post-rip lo-res

Here’s how to get the look…

These are the jeans before I ripped them…

Jeans pre-rip lo-res

You will need:

Chalk, Scalpel, metal file

  1. Put jeans on and draw lines with chalk / biro where you want the lines
  2. Remove jeans and carefully make a slow, small incision on the first line you have drawn
  3. Slowly with your hands tear the fabric along from where the incision is to create a rip of the desired length
  4. Take tip of scalpel and along the top of newly created rip gently pull down the horizontal white threads so that they hang, still attached at either side in the hole created by the rip
  5. Do the same with the white threads at the bottom of the hole by pulling the threads gently upwards
  6. Take the metal file (alternatively use a metal cheese grater – the smallest holes are best) and rub along the now frayed rip where the white threads have been pulled away
  7. Repeat step 2 – 6 until you have all the rips you want, putting the jeans back on every so often to see how they are looking.
  8. Wear gorge new jeans everywhere until they go out of style!
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5 Responses to “How to… rip and distress jeans”


  1. 1 lovensneakers
    July 4, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    yoooo this is tiiight, you took it like a wayy diff shade, it looks like you couldve bought the finished product at a high fashion store or something

    • 2 whisty
      July 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks a million Kayleigh! It’s crazy that people spend money on getting the look when they can do it themselves with a bit of elbow grease isn’t it?!?

  2. 4 Gerhard
    July 28, 2009 at 6:15 am

    yepp – the good old ripped jeans are back in 2010!!
    i love to wear them
    ciao, gerhard


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