How to Put Holes in Your Jean's Knees

Frayed edges around ripped knees of blue jeans are fashionable again.
Frayed edges around ripped knees of blue jeans are fashionable again. (Image: Images)

In the 1990s, ripped jeans were in. Then, after being out of fashion for over a decade, in 2008 holey jeans made a remarkable comeback. Blue jean manufacturers sold distressed jeans for both men and women. Many people paid top dollar for designer jeans with holes and faded spots, but some found that making their own holes was more cost effective. You can acquire the distressed look by placing holes strategically in your old, favorite pair of jeans, bringing them back to life.

Things You'll Need

  • Well-fitted jeans
  • Knife or box cutter
  • Sandpaper or wire brush
  • Green tea
  • Spray bottle

Place a pair of well-fitted jeans onto a flat working surface. To add tautness to the process, you can also wear your jeans as you work.

Slice holes in the jean's knees, pockets or any other area you wish to form holes. Avoid slits in inappropriate places. Take extra care not to cut yourself if you are wearing the jeans. Pull the fabric away from your skin, keeping your legs straight.

Rub your new slits with sandpaper or a wire brush. This softens the fabric and gives your edges fray. Do not use a wire brush while wearing your jeans, use the sandpaper instead.

Spray your newly frayed holes with a spray bottle containing green tea. This will make your frays look natural and older.

Set your jeans out in the sun to dry for 1 to 2 hours. Once dried, you are ready to don your new jeans.

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