In a mysterious turn of events last night, mostly due to boredom, I ended up returning to an old pair of jeans I had laying in my wardrobe drawer. Staring down at the plain, blue denim, I felt as though these neglected jeans could use a little makeover. After watching videos and researching articles on How To Rip Jeans in Vogue and Elle, I decided to test the theories and attempt what I called my ‘Procrastination Project’ because after all, I am sitting here the morning of rushing to finish all my homework. Here are 6 easy steps that I followed when working to distress and design my jeans.
1. Choose a pair of jeans wisely. When it comes to choosing your soon-to-be ripped jeans for the very first time, you’ll want to choose a fabric that is thin and lightly washed. Dark washed jeans tend to take more work because they show every bit and detail. So if you don’t want to spend a week on a pair of jeans I suggest a light wash.
2. Gather your materials. Walking into this empty handed, or more so just with paper cutting scissors, is going to make your process a lot harder. What you’re going to need are FABRIC scissors (to cut the fabric), seam rippers (to create the destroyed look), and a pair of tweezers (to pull apart the threads), and a marker (to mark where you want to create your rips/holes).
3. Mark where you want the holes/rips. The process is all that much easier when you mark out where you want to distress and rip the jeans. Using the marker draw lines where you want to cut holes.
Tip: When marking my jeans, I put them on so that I could see exactly where the holes and rips would be when I actually cut them.
4. Cut the rips/holes. This is a big step, and honestly, don’t stress about it. After all, you can’t really go all that wrong when your purpose is to rip and distress the jeans. I personally have a steady hand, so when I was cutting my jeans I kept them on. However, if you feel like you might end up nicking yourself, take them off and set them on a table. When cutting your jeans with your fabric scissor, try to cut along the marked lines. If you feel like you want some more holes and or rips, just slice a few more.
Tip: Before proceeding to the next step try on the jeans to make sure that you are happy with the amount of rips/holes that you have cut.
5. Distress the jeans. Using the tweezers pull at the little blue strings (running vertically) so that the only thing left are the white strands (running horizontally). The tweezers will create the frayed and distressed look you are going for. In regard to the seam rippers, use them only if you really know how (they create a stringy white-stranded hole).
Tip: Do NOT do Step 5 with the jeans on your body. It is far too easy to accidentally press the seam ripper or tweezers too far down and scrape yourself.
When you finally think that you’re done, try on the jeans one last time to make sure you haven’t missed anything.
6. Wash the jeans. Not only will this step help wash out any leftover marker markings, but this will also distress your jeans a little more by tugging at the rips you have already made.
Once your jeans are washed and dried, they are finally ready to be worn. Enjoy your new jeans!