Are you searching for the perfect pair of denim shorts that’s quite your style but can’t find one? Perhaps, it’s time to head to your wardrobe closet and look for old jeans you are willing to cut. Learn how to cut jeans into shorts for an authentic DIY cutoff pair, and you can have your own in a minute.


How to Cut Jeans Into Shorts

Cutting jeans into shorts is not that hard, but at the same time, it’s not also easy as it looks. You might end up on an endless cycle of trimming because of lopsided legs. It will eventually leave you with something shorter than initially planned if you did not consider exact measurements.

Cutoff jeans are easy to style and a perfect addition to your wardrobe. They can create multiple looks because there are truly endless options to pair with them. Therefore, if you happen to have old jeans, you can quickly DIY them into celeb-worthy cutoffs.

Tools You May Need

  • Pair of fabric scissors
  • Pen or marker
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Pair of tweezers
  • Full-length mirror
  • Hemming tape (optional)
  • Thread and needle (optional)

Preparation on How to Cut Jeans into Shorts

First, you have to consider the length you want. Next, using a pair of fabric scissors, cut off the fabric from the knee down. It doesn’t have to be perfect because you’ll be making more cuts for your desired length and style.

After cutting them in half, put them on and look at your reflection in front of a full-length mirror. Make a marking on the outer side of your leg where you want it to fall. The inseam must be slightly longer than the outer seam, so mark it at least about 1.5” lower. For accuracy, use a measuring tape or a ruler.

Make the Cut

Cut a diagonal line from the mark on the outer seam to the inseam. This cutting should create a straight diagonal line going slightly downward. After that, try on your cutoff shorts in front of a mirror then you can make any length adjustments.

If you want a raw hem look, use a pair of tweezers to pull at the hem. It will also help to distress the hem by washing the cutoff shorts afterward. Furthermore, this looks good with light-washed denim. You can use a thread and needle for your dark-rinse denim to sew the hem in place, or you can also use hemming tape.

Additional Personalization

If you want further distressing, use a cheese grater and tweezers for additional personalization. You should carefully run the denim over a side of the cheese grater until it begins to pull on the fabric. It will give a more lived-in look to your cutoff shorts. To reveal the white threads for an additional iconic look, use a pair of tweezers to remove the denim-colored strings that vertically run between the cuts.

Are you still looking for other ideas to customize your cutoff shorts? You can cut a small slit on the back for a cheeky cutout, or you can use thread and needle to add some unique designs. Use a brightly colored thread if you’re using white jeans for a pop of color.


Make Your Fashion Staple

Fashion trends come and go. Save up for quality garments and have a strategic and creative idea of precisely what you are looking for and what you desire. Of course, you have the power to make decisions to take something or not.


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