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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.

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_Hailey_

_Hailey_ wrote:

definitely c:
commented: Thu May 01, 2014

SOPHlE

SOPHlE wrote:

and vans.
commented: Thu May 01, 2014

_Taylor_Doe

_Taylor_Doe wrote:

Yea, High Waisted shorts with an oversized sweater
commented: Thu May 01, 2014

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