How to Rip Jeans and Leave the White Thread?

Jeans are highly comfortable to wear. To make them more comfortable, people can simply rip the denim themselves. Moreover, the job is easy and helps individuals reinstate life into the old jeans. Ripping jeans while leaving the white thread makes it a part of an ongoing fashion trend. 

The best way to rip jeans is to be a hard-working individual who wears jeans at work. So, the denim will naturally start to wear out and rip off while leaving white threads. However, this method will give you minimal control over the rips and where they go. To ensure complete control over the rips, you must add them yourself. 

So, continue to read this article to explore more about ripped jeans and how to do it while leaving the white thread. Let’s start.

How to Rip Jeans And Leave The White Thread?

As you read, you have to wait for the denim to wear out and rip off eventually. However, given the downside to this method – minimal control over the rips – you have to do it yourself. So, take a look at what you’ll need and what you’ll have to do in the following paras. 

What You’ll Need:

  • A pair of tweezers
  • Sharp scissors
  • Seam ripper

Step 1: Practice 

First, you have to practice ripping denim on one of your old pairs from the cupboard. That’s an ideal way to ensure a better performance on the actual pair. Moreover, it helps you improve your rips placement with better techniques and lets you correct any mistake.

Step 2: Mark the Jeans 

Now, you have to put the jeans on a flat surface. Then, mark the spots where you want to have the rips. Also, many people go for larger patches even if their jeans don’t have the legs for such fashion. So, ensure marking the rips’ size carefully. 

Step 3: Fold and Cut

In this step, you’ll have to fold the jeans. However, fold it in a way so that the side seams would become up and down. Now, take a sharp scissor to proceed with the cuts. For parallel rips, ensure to leave around a ½ inch gap between the cuts. 

Step 4: Use Tweezers to Remove Blue Threads 

So, in this step, you can either use the tweezers or a seam ripper to remove only one or two horizontal threads. Then, use the tweezers to remove a little bit of the blue threads. However, you need to be careful as the white threads are delicate and may get dismissed with the blue ones. 

Step 5: Repeat 

Lastly, you have to repeat step four for every rip/cut you made on the jeans. Also, you may decide to cut or leave any loose threads on the jeans. The entire process depends on your creativity. Moreover, you may exceed your imagination to pull out something that may only look good to you. 

Additionally, everything depends on you when it comes to ripping jeans. Although there are no rules, you must follow modesty. You can enjoy the freedom to come up with a ripped jeans look that may be appealing to you but not others. 

How to Make Distressed Jeans Without Any Holes?

Typically, most guidelines for making distressed jeans come with ways to add holes in the process. However, there’s a way to make distressed jeans without any need to expose your skin through holes. Although you can leave some threads to expose a bit of your skin, it’s technically creating holes. 

So, to get a distressed look on your jeans without holes, follow these steps. 

Method 1: Do Washing

  • First, you’ll have to wash the jeans frequently to lose the color without holes. 
  • Although you may remove the dye, the distressed part may appear to be larger than what you want. 
  • Also, in this process, you’ll enjoy minimal control.  

Method 2: Use Sandpaper

  • So, if you want to try some other way to distress your jeans, use fine-grit sandpaper. 
  • You have to rub it on the areas where you want the jeans to look distressed. 
  • However, it’s crucial to rub gently, or else you will end up creating some holes anyways. 
  • You must avoid pressing the sandpaper too hard. 

Method 3: Use Graters or Fabric Scrapers 

  • If you want to avoid the use of sandpaper, you can go with little tools like graters or fabric scrappers. They are yet another way to make your jeans look distressed and cool. 
  • Although the grater tool works just like sandpaper, it happens to work a bit faster due to its sharp blades. 
  • However, it’s crucial to be careful while using any sort of blade on the jeans. That’s because they cut quickly and make unwanted holes. 
  • Whenever you pluck or cut threads, you technically create a hole. Thus, your options for this method seem to be limited. 

How to Make Ripped Jeans Without Using Sandpaper?

Sandpaper is an ideal tool for those who want to avoid making holes in their jeans. With better control over the use of sandpaper, you can go as gentle as you can to avoid making holes. However, if you want something better than the cheese grater and create holes, go with the use of the sandpaper. 

It’s not mandatory to use sandpaper if you don’t want to. In such a case, you may have to use a sharp razor blade or scissors. These two effective tools will ensure getting you large holes if you want so. However, you need to be careful while working on small rips. 

For starters, you’ll have to place either thick cardboard, a small wooden block, or a magazine. Place it underneath the leg and the area where you want the rips. One of these items will help you protect the other side of the pant leg while working. 

It won’t matter if you go horizontally or vertically with the cuts. Moreover, you can rub the scissors across the jeans for quite some time until the threads start to loosen up. Then, use some tweezers to get the frayed look you want. 

The size of the holes or fray depends on the amount of pressure you use. To keep everything miniature, you can go with a gentle rub. However, a strong rub will eventually make the hole/fray look larger. 

How to Rip Jeans with Scissors?

The use of scissors is one of the most common ways to rip jeans. It’s typically the first thing that pops in someone’s mind when considering putting cuts in the denim fabric. To rip jeans with only scissors, follow these steps:

Step 1: Measure

First, you’ll have to measure where you want to get the rips. To give them a natural look, you have to ensure some style and design. Also, if you want parallel rips, you have to leave about ½ inch of denim between them. 

Step 2: Cut

So, in this step, you can erase the line you made for spotting the rip’s location. Otherwise, you can start cutting along the drawn line. The way to proceed with the cut depends on you. You must be patient and proceed slowly to ensure you do not cut more than what you want.  

Step 3: Pull the Threads

If you succeed in loosening up the threads by wiggling them back and forth, start pulling some threads out. This will help you get clear holes and avoid getting thread-covered ones. However, if you want ripped jeans with white threads, pull one or two blue threads cautiously.  

How to Rip Jeans with Fabric Underneath?

It’s obvious that fabric won’t be there, to begin with. You’ll have to install the design that you want underneath the jeans so that they can be seen through the distressing part. 

A straightforward way to do it is by following the above-mentioned methods to make the rips you want. You have to work on the location where you want them and the size you want.

Firstly, you have to choose the fabric that will look perfect on those distressed holes. You may go with the leopard fabric or whatever design you consider a good fit. 

Secondly, start working on the pant legs when you get the frayed look with the size you want. Turn the legs inside out and determine the hole’s size with proper measurement. You must ensure to cover the hole with fabric underneath that extends about ½ inch from the hole. 

If you get the fabric cut, start using some fabric glue. You can use permanent fabric glue if you want the fabric underneath to stay forever. However, you can also stitch the fabric to the denim with a zig-zag or straight stitch. Also, it’s essential to keep enough fray for covering the stitches when you are done. 

These stitches will help prevent the exterior denim from fraying. 

So, you should get the most out of this article to rip jeans while leaving white threads in multiple ways. You must follow all the steps correctly while using the right equipment by your side. Until then, best of luck.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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