How to Rip Jeans in the Knees
Learn how to rip jeans in the knees! Consider this your DIY quick guide - 9 easy steps - to cut knee holes in your jeans.
This how-to gets you into the action of ripping your jeans at the knees with all due haste. If you prefer a deep dive into distressing your jeans, check out my definitive guide, How to Rip Jeans Like a Boss. I cover everything from different denim fabrics to customization techniques to compliment your body shape!
Follow this step-by-step guide for ripping knee holes in your jeans.
- Quickly read this list of hard fails. It'll just take a second. But save you a world of hurt.
- Put on the jeans and draw either a line or a box with your chalk. This is a must do if you're ripping into skinny jeans.
- Take off the jeans, then reinforce the chalk lines.
- Measure off any cuts that may be too close to the seams. Adjust accordingly.
- Insert a cutting board or cardboard inside the targeted pant leg where you plan to make the cuts.
- Make your first cuts with a penknife if you have one. Otherwise, cut carefully with scissors.
- Try on the jeans to ensure you like where your rips are taking you.
- Take off and keep ripping. Or, if finished, take off and wash to see how the rips take shape. And what frayed effects you get for free.
- Once dry, add finishing effects if desired. Take the razor and scrape back and forth along the rim of the cut.
Gather Your Tools
Now that you know the stpes, here's what you need to rip your jeans in the knees.
- Chalk. An essential. Especially if working with skinny jeans. Use this tool to mark up your game plan.
- Tape measure. To keep you a safe distance from the inner and outer seams, stop rips about a half to one inch from the stitching.
- Cutting board or cardboard. To prevent unintended rips on the back side of the knees, use an insert to ensure you're only cutting where intended.
- Razor. If you want to age the rips you've made in the knees, you'll want a razor on stand-by for fray the holes.
- Scissors. A pen knife is better for a precision cut. But scissors will do if that's what you have lying around. Keep in mind, the heavier the denim fabric, the tougher your scissors will need to be.
If you're craftsy and like to play, thee's a sh*t-ton more of tools you can bring to the playground. Here’s what’s in my toolkit.
Seem like too much damn work? Don't worry. I've got you covered. Check out my list of best ripped jeans online according to body type here.
You now know the basics to rip jeans in the knees.
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About Janice Wilson, JD: Formerly an attorney and now a software development engineer, I'm on a mission to end the battle between chicks and online shopping for jeans. Using the data-driven power of chick-sourcing™, I help women find their perfect pair of jeans. Read the origin story .