This Video Brilliantly Shows How to Turn Your Old Jeans Into Cutoff Shorts
I don't know about y'all, but any DIY craft I attempt better not involve math, a sewing machine, or anything that requires more effort than just going to the store to buy it.
So when I set out to make cutoff shorts from an old pair of jeans, I wanted to find the simplest, quickest way to do it, and I think I did. Watch the video and follow the steps below to find out how to make your own.
What You'll Need
- Fabric scissors
- A marker or chalk (I used white eyeliner)
- A pair of old jeans (I used a pair of men's non-stretch denim jeans, which is what I found works best for cutoffs)
To Make the Shorts
1.Cut off the majority of the pant legs to create long shorts. This will make the jeans easier to work with.
2.Put on the shorts, and fold under the edge of the shorts to create the shape you want. Tip: Make the inseam (the area along your crotch) longer than the sides of your shorts rather than cutting them straight across. I find this shape most flattering, especially if you like your shorts a little shorter.
3. Mark along the edge of these shorts with your marker so that when you take them off, you'll know where you want to cut.
4.Take off the shorts and cut along the marked line. Tip: Cut slightly below the line because the shorts will fray and shorten in the wash.
5.Fold the shorts in half to cut the other leg so they're the same length and shape.
6.Cut small slits on the sides if the jeans are tight and you want your shorts to be a bit looser.
To Make a Frayed Hole
1.Cut horizontal strips half an inch apart. Make the strips as long as you want the hole to be. I made two strips about 2 inches long.
2.Take a pair of tweezers and pluck all of the blue threads out of the strips. In denim, the white threads run horizontally and the blue run vertically. By removing the blue threads, you can create that horizontal white threaded look.
The final step for making distressed denim shorts is to throw them in the washer and dryer to create the fray.
And that's it! Super easy, huh?
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