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DIY Ripped Jeans

Apparel, DIY  /   /  By Aimee Santos

Our DIY blogger is Aimee Santos of Swellmayde, one of the best maker blogs we know.

I love an overly distressed pair of jeans for during the hotter months, but once fall comes around, I lean more toward minimal rips in my denim. It has such a chic feel and it’s so much more appropriate for the colder weather. After seeing this trend from many of my favorite brands from Saint Laurent to J Brand, I wanted to recreate the look myself. Here, I teach you to rip the knees of your denim in a few easy-to-follow steps.

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1. Try on your jeans. Using tailor’s chalk or a marking pencil, draw a line on middle of your knee.

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2. Cut a piece of cardboard that will fit inside one pant leg.

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3. Place the cardboard inside one pant leg, and situate it under the drawn line from step 1. Using a pocketknife or razor blade, cut along the drawn line. Then, cut another line and ¼” below the first line. Throw the denim in the washing machine. Then, dry in dryer.

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Optional:  To get more horizontal fibers across the knee, you can pull the vertical fibers using tweezers (best done after taking the denim out of the dryer). This gives it a more naturally distressed look.

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