While buying ripped jeans is this quickest and easiest way to get to distressed denim heaven, ripping jeans yourself not only gets those DIY juices flowing, you’re also able to take a pair of forgotten jeans and make them look new again, all while adding a personalized touch.

Here’s How:


Spread out the jeans on a flat surface.


Locate the spot you want your rips (knees are the safest bet) and mark with a pen.


Sandpaper the area so the denim thins and fades.


Place a piece of cardboard or a small wooden block inside the pant legs so you don’t cut the back of the jean.


Take a pair of super-sharp small scissors, Stanley knife, or a box cutter and slice horizontally.


Let it fray naturally or take some tweezers and pull out the loose ends.


Find more of Amy Davis’ denim styling tips in the Summer 2018 Issue of Showstopper Magazine!