Kw-logo-smaller

How to Make Cutoff Denim Shorts

May 01, 2014

Summer is nearly here and after your big Spring Clean maybe you realized you were harboring a few extra pairs of jeans you never seem to wear. Some pairs might not be long enough now, others need patches at the knees or maybe they just need a change for you to get excited about them again.

But you don’t want to get rid of good jeans that still fit, they may even hold some dear memories. Well then, why not add to your summer wardrobe and make some cutoff denim shorts?

Making cutoffs is easy. Cutoff denim shorts can jumpstart your summer fashion and they are always in style for warm weather.

What You’ll Need:

  • Old pair of jeans (jeans from a thrift store work too!)
  • Scissors

All You Need Is a Pair of Jeans and ScissorsAll You Need Is a Pair of Jeans and ScissorsCourtesy of Josie Mitchell

What You’ll Need to Do:

  1. Put the jeans on and measure how long you’d like your shorts to be. Mark it with a pencil, piece of chalk or make a small cut in the fabric with the scissors. Remember that if you want a cuff leave more fabric to roll up a cuff.
  2. Take the pants off and cut the fabric. Remember that once you cut it, it’s a process to sew it back on so best to cut long and make adjustments later. And make sure not to cut two pieces at the same time, it’s much more precise if you cut one layer of the pant leg at a time.
  3. Wear your cutoffs with frayed edges or roll the last two inches into cuffs.
  4. Enjoy the summer with your new shorts!

Measure Twice, Cut OnceMeasure Twice, Cut OnceCourtesy of Josie Mitchell

You can probably tell that denim isn’t the only type of pants you can use for this project, corduroy, linen, cotton, lots of fabric types, can be made into cutoffs.

Have Your Say!

Have you ever had a favorite piece of clothing you recycled into something new? Share it in the comments section below.

 

41 Comments

latest videos

Style

What's Your Summer Style?

  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Bikinis
  • Jeans

related stories

Micro_sock-micro
If you've ever admired someone's thick bun and wondered how to get the same look, then you're in ...
Micro_tanktop-micro
Turning old t-shirts into tank tops for summer is a total breeze! We love DIY projects and this o...
Micro_shorts-micro
Even die-hard denim fans will want to swap their skinny jeans for shorts when it starts to get re...
Micro_micro_candystripe
With summer coming on not only are you going to get to spend more time with your friends, but you...
Micro_micro
Shorts are actually a lot more versatile than most people think they are! With just a few styling...
Show your love for Mother Earth by going green - and looking fabulous - with these ...

Dear Dish-It in the forums

BlackWolfSoul
BlackWolfSoul posted in Friends:
Agreed
reply about 4 hours
Kirsteeeeen
Kirsteeeeen posted in Friends:
Honestly I think a big issue with bullying is the fact that the person who engages in the negative behaviour is labelled a bully. It's really no better than what they did in the first place. They become victimized and hurt even more than before.  I think we could definitely stop bullying if there was more tolerance, understanding, and acceptance. :)
reply about 4 hours
HannahG
HannahG posted in Style:
Thanks! ☺ this was partially the reason why i didn't like makeup, so.... Ha. Maybe it's not so bad if you can learn how to wear it correctly and it's not hard to put on.
reply about 6 hours
BlackWolfSoul
BlackWolfSoul posted in Friends:
 everyone I'll invite you all to my group for this
reply about 6 hours
bocafly
bocafly posted in Friends:
I am currently being mildly bullied and picked on at school. But I'm pulling through. You don't always meet everyone who loves you in life, you just gotta smile and bare it! x
reply about 6 hours

play online games