3-Step DIY Cut-off Shorts

This tutorial is a long-time coming. Like years in the works. I don’t know how or why I kept putting this project off. I was starting to fall out of love with thrift store shopping and there was no way I was cutting any of my own jeans. Even the South Pole jeans that I almost never wear. (I think it’s the hoarder in me).

So when I got my jacket that I wore to the 2 chainz concert from the thrift store, I got these jeans as well. It actually wasn’t until I had finished cutting them that I realised these are Armani Jeans. And can you believe I only spent $4 on them?! What a steal!

So if you've ever wanted cut-off shorts and didn't quite know how to cut them, I've got three easy steps for how to turn your unwanted jeans into something trendy and cute. (And just in time for Spring season too)!

So if you've ever wanted cut-off shorts and didn't quite know how to cut them, I've got three easy steps for how to turn your unwanted jeans into something trendy and cute. (And just in time for Spring season too)!

  1. Start by laying your chosen jeans out on a flat surface. Make sure everything is smoothed out.

  2. Using a pair of shorts that fit you very well, lay those on top of your jeans. The crotch area on both pants should line up.

 3.  Estimate about half an inch below the hemline of your shorts and mark that on your jeans with chalk, then cut on that line.

 3.  Estimate about half an inch below the hemline of your shorts and mark that on your jeans with chalk, then cut on that line.

  4.  Wash your jeans if you want the frayed look at the hemline and you’ve got your own pair of cut-off jean shorts!

  4.  Wash your jeans if you want the frayed look at the hemline and you’ve got your own pair of cut-off jean shorts!

I wore my new shorts to a music video release party this past Thursday. What do you think? Are you going to make your own pair for Spring? Don’t forget you can add anything you want to your shorts like studs or lace. I kept mine plain for now and may add to it later. The possibilities are endless!

XoX,

Olivia