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Learn how-to distress jeans in #TechniqueTuesday with Mary from The Real Girl's Realm.


  • How to rip a pair of ripped jeans. Distressed Jeans Tutorial - Step 1
    Step 1

    Put the jeans on and use chalk to mark out where you want the distressing to be.

  • How to rip a pair of ripped jeans. Distressed Jeans Tutorial - Step 2
    Step 2

    Decide if you want complete holes (like at the knees) with the edges frayed or holes with the strings still attached. (which is what I did) Once you have decided, then use scissors to make your cuts. I made a small cut at the top and bottom of where I wanted the distressing to be.

  • How to rip a pair of ripped jeans. Distressed Jeans Tutorial - Step 3
    Step 3

    Use tweezers to pull the vertical strings, one at a time, out of your cut area. This will leave the white horizontal strings across the opening.

  • How to rip a pair of ripped jeans. Distressed Jeans Tutorial - Step 4
    Step 4

    Use a cheap razor to shave the areas you want a roughed up, such as the tops of the pockets on the front and back.

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