Friday, 31 May 2013

DIY | Ripped Jeans

After seeing a lot of ripped style jeans in magazines and in the shops lately I have been umming and ahhing about ripping a pair of my own jeans myself, even though I am not the best at DIY or arts and crafts! However after looking at a few tutorials online I mustered up the courage to possibly butcher and ruin a pair of my Topshop Leigh jeans...luckily they survived and here are the results!

So I am now going to explain step-by-step how to re-create this look yourself. If I can do it, a monkey could do it! 

What you need

Sharp scissors
Sand paper

Mark on the jeans with a pen where you want the rips (marking the jeans whilst you are wearing them is easier and more accurate)

Fold the jeans in the opposite direction of the pen line as shown below, then using the scissors cut the jeans as marked.

Once you have made the slit, use the sand paper to fray the edges. There's no wrong or right way to do this, so just go for it! The more messier the better in my opinion.

You may get long bits of thread and fabric after fraying your jeans so just trim them down to your preferred length with the scissors.

Once you have finished fraying your jeans they should look something like this...

Now if you want to pull the threads out to make them look a bit more naturally ripped, use the needle to  pull out one-by-one the threads until you have the desired effect (excuse my spazzy thumb in the picture below, it's hard taking photos and DIYing your jeans at the same time!)

And that's pretty much it! I have since pulled and ripped my jeans more whilst wearing them, and they should fray a bit more when you wash them. I am even considering putting more rips in my jeans. I hope this post was helpful and interesting! Let me know if you would like to see more DIY posts :)

Hope you all have a good weekend!

CC x 


  1. These turned out so lovely! (: Would you mind checking out my blog please? xx

  2. Love these, they've turned out so well...might have to give it a go starting with an old pair just incase!xx

  3. really love the wash of your jeans! and of course, great tutorial. the final product looks amazing. awesome blog as well, followed on GFC and it would be great if you could stop by my blog sometime & maybe follow back? if you like it.


  4. Pretty DIY!

  5. LOVE THEM, They Look so Good, Great DIY
    Claudia xx

  6. those look amazing!