How to Rip Jeans at the Bottom

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Ripped jeans are a fashion trend that continues to resurface year after year. Some styles feature frayed knees and pockets, while jeans with a torn hem create a classic carefree look. Store-bought versions of the trend can be appealing, but a more authentic and personal take can be made at home at no extra cost. Transform an old pair of jeans into a statement piece by ripping the bottoms yourself.

Step 1

Put the jeans on to determine where the rips should begin.

Step 2

Sit down in order to get an accurate idea of where the jeans will land on the leg when in motion.

Step 3

Create a mark indicating where you would like the jeans to be hemmed. Use a piece of white chalk to create a line across the front of the pants in the selected area.

Step 4

Remove the jeans and lay them on a flat surface. Place a cutting board underneath the bottom of the pant legs.

Step 5

Cut along the chalk line with a utility knife. Create ½-inch-wide scores with 1 inch between them. Cut through both sides of the pant leg.

Step 6

Rip the pant leg. Tear between each opening created by the knife, which will guide the tear while creating a naturally ripped look. Repeat on the other pant leg.

Step 7

Pull any loose threads down, making them visible below the hem, if a more frayed look is desired.

Step 8

Dust off any last signs of the chalk line.