DIY | ripped denim upcycle

I'm a sucker for ripped jeans! when I moved house I found quite a few pairs of old jeans hiding out in the loft.. rather than buying new ones I decided to update them.

my favourite denim trend at the minute is 'busted knees' like ripped but more extreme! I've been dying to invest in some (especially the asos ridley versions) but there's no reason I can't make my own right? instead of just cutting slits into your knees cut out a rough chuck or rectangle so more of your bare knees are exposed. 

cutting denim is super easy and kinda fun! I simply put my jeans on and use a pen to make the centre of my knee on each leg so I know where to cut.

I use the fine side of a cheese grater to distress the denim over the knee, just lightly rub the grater over the denim until you're happy with the effect. 

next I use a scissor or craft knife to cut into the denim, I start with small cuts and tear the rest using my hands for a more jagged look. To finish I pull out loose strands from the edges to 'rough' up the finish and make it look more natural.

finally I explain to my parents that I've not gone mad.. yes mum it's deliberate.

are you tempted to get ripping?

caroline x

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