Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DIY Jean Shorts

Today's post is a DIY post. I thought it would be fun to try this since, believe it or not, I have never cut my own jean shorts. *GASP* I wanted to try to DIY something for the summer, and this was perfect. So, without further adieu, let us begin!

These are the jeans I decided to use. They hadn't been worn in a while, I had actually forgotten I had them. These were just from Campus Crew and are fitted with spandex in them, which is something I highly recommend for all jean-wearers no matter your size.

Try them on and see how long you want your jeans to go. I wanted mine to be a bit on the long side, as well as cuffed, so I needed to make sure they were an inch longer than I wanted them.

I laid down a pair of jean shorts that were a similar length to the length I wanted these shorts to be. Make sure to line up the crotches of both pairs of jeans so that the length you are getting is precisely what you want. These shorts were actually borrowed from a friend one day and I really liked the length so I used them as my marker.

Take your white pencil (or chalk, or sharpie, or whatever you are using) and make a line where the shorts hit the jeans. It's best to go just beyond the edge of the shorts. If they're a bit long you can always cut them down later, but if they're too short there's no going back! Do this on both pant legs.

Once your lines have been drawn, take off the pair of shorts and cut along the lines you drew on your pants with a pair of fabric scissors going from the outer seam to the in seam. If you used sharpie make sure you are cutting above the line so there is no black ink on your jeans showing. I suggest putting them inside out if you plan on using that medium. Do this for both pant legs.

Separate the pant legs from the jeans and discard them as you like, or use them in other crafts.

Try your new shorts on and make sure that they are the proper length. If you want them a bit shorter, now is the time to do so.

I rolled up my hems because I wanted a pair of cuffed jean shorts and didn't have any. If you want to distress them or add any kind of embellishment, now is the time to do so. I'm going to allow the washing machine and time to distress mine.

Here is the video of me DIY-ing my jean shorts.

What do you think? Would you like more of these kinds of posts? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. I have quite a few pairs of jeans that this could work for.

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    1. It's such a great way to revamp jeans. I'm trying to find some projects for my leftover pant legs so that I'm using everything.