Ripped jeans and T-shirt fringe are all the rage today. A lot of celebrities have been spotted wearing them and the big fashion companies have started making lots of varieties of the ripped jeans and tees. Everyone loves to wear them because they are trending and fashionable plus the comfortability that it could bring to a person. They’re actually not a new trend, they have hit the runways even before back in the days when our parents were teenagers so don’t be surprised if you see an old pair in your mom’s closet. But it seems that lately, they’re more popular than ever.

Although ripped jeans and tees are basically clothes that were frayed and ‘ruined’, buying a new one can cost you a lot of money. Sometimes, ripped jeans are even pricier than ordinary jeans. So why would anyone spend money on ruined jeans, you ask? Well, mainly because it’s cool. But if you’re more on the practical side, though, and you still wish to be ‘in’ with the ripped jeans trend, why not make your own ripped jeans? So here are the simple and easy steps for D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) ripped jeans and T-shirt fringe for fashion. Leggo!



  • A pair of jeans (an old pair of jeans will work out just fine)
  • A pair of scissors
  • A cutting or a cardboard
  • A cutter or a utility knife or a blade
  • Sandpaper or Steel Wool etc. (to fray your jeans)
  • Some inspirational photos from the internet or from magazines


  1. Choose your denim.
    The first step, obviously, is picking out which pair of jeans you want to rip. Tight and skinny, or boyfriend style? Black, white, or blue? High waist or mid-rise? It’s all up to you! It’s best to do a few trial runs with either a pair of jeans you don’t really wear anymore or denim you’ve picked up for a cheap price. You definitely don’t want to take to your new pair with a scissor just yet.
  2. Gather your supplies to distress and rip.
    To really make jeans look authentically ripped, it pays to distress them a bit before you start cutting the holes. To do this, you’ll want to grab some sandpaper or a paint-removing block, steel wool, and a pumice stone. For the holes, use a pair of super-sharp small scissors or a box cutter. We like to use a piece of cardboard or a small wooden block inside the pant legs so you don’t alter the back of the jeans—unless you want to.
  3. Put your jeans on to mark.
    Use a pen, chalk or a safety pin to denote exactly where you want to rip your jeans and/or distressed areas. You might want to grab a ruler, too. It’s key do this while you’re standing.
  4. Start distressing.
    Lay the jeans flat and start rubbing your marked areas with your sandpaper, steel wool, and the pumice stone until the denim starts to really thin out and look worn. Obviously, the time it takes to do this step depends on the thickness of your jeans. If you really want to go for it in the knee or butt area, tape some sandpaper to the floor, put the jeans back on, and slide around on the paper.
  5. Start making your holes.
    After your jeans are sufficiently distressed, take your scissors or knife and use the edge (not the tip) to start horizontally scraping the area where you want your jeans to be ripped. If you don’t want holes all the way through, scrape enough that you start to see the white horizontal threads beneath the denim’s surface. Once you’re there, you can start using a tweezer to fray the threads. If skin is what you’re after, start cutting the distressed areas with your knife or scissors.

Survey your work and start over if you want to rip your jeans even more!


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  • T-shirt
  • A pair of scissors
  • A marker
  • A cardboard
  • Beads (optional)


  1. Pull your t-shirt over a piece of cardboard.
  2. Use a marker or a pen to denote exactly where to cut the neckline and bottom fringe.
  3. Cut off the marked neckline and the bottom hem of your t-shirt using a pair of scissors.
  4. Cut from the bottom about a quarter of the way up into 1/2 inch strips.
  5. Place beads on the fringe strands to add some colorful design and then knot the fabric to secure.

Then hello fringe! You definitely turned your old or casual tee into a new fashional crop or fringe top!

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Until our next DIY project,


Published by Whitney Morgan