It can take years of wearing -- and washing -- a pair jeans until they develop thin patches that eventually shred, creating tattered holes that become a badge of ownership. Fashion fans are seen in pre-shredded designer jeans that cost hundreds of dollars for that worn look. But with a little patience and inexpensive tools, you can transform new jeans into a pair of edgy, torn jeans that'll have you looking like a hipster in no time.
Put on the pair of jeans you want to shred and stand in front of a full-length mirror. Outline the locations you want to shred with chalk. The final shred holes can be rectangular, square or even diagonal. The choice is up to you.
Remove the jeans and place them on a flat surface. Slip an old magazine into the pants so it protects the back of your pants from any front cutting and vice-versa.
Smooth out the area to be cut so it's flat,, and weigh down the loose part of the pants with heavy books so they don't shift as you're working. With the magazine in place under each chalk outline, use an X-Acto knife to cut three or four horizontal lines all the way through the denim.
Use an emery board to fray the denim within the chalk outlines. As the denim is shredded, use tweezers to pull away stray threads. Aim to create a rectangular hole with loose threads on the sides of each hole, as that's the way the hole would wear through given time.