If you’re anything like me, you wear your clothes until you just can’t wear them anymore. I’ve worn the fabric on the knee so thin that it ripped…in TWO pairs of capris! The rest of the pants were still in great shape though. I didn’t want to just throw them out so here’s how I made my own DIY Jean Shorts:
Step 1: Measure and cut to the length you want. Keep in mind that you’ll be rolling the fabric twice so cut about 2 inches lower than you want the shorts to be. I like my shorts a little longer so I cut them 6-7 inches from the seam in the crotch.
Step 2: Roll the fabric approximately 1 inch, iron the fold, and repeat. You’ll end up with something that looks like this.
**Try your shorts on now to see how they fit. If your shorts feel a little too tight or you’d like to add a little embellishment, follow the steps 3-6. If they feel good and you like them plain, skip to step 7.**
Step 3: Cut out the seam on the outside of the shorts as shown. You’ll want to end your cut just below the top crease made by ironing. If you’re trying to loosen the shorts, make sure you cut as close to the seam as you can.
Step 4: Find some fabric that you like to sew onto the side of your shorts. I used the straps from a dress that I’m saving for another project. You’ll want the fabric to be about 1 inch wide and 3 inches long (you can cut off excess later).
Step 5: Turn the shorts inside out to sew the fabric on. Since you’ll roll them, this will end up on the outside. I hand stitched my fabric, but you could also use a sewing machine. Make sure the fabric is sewn on half an inch above the end of your cut so that it will not separate and create a hole. If you’re trying to loosen your shorts, you’ll want to minimize the overlap of the fabrics, which will add some more space to the leg of your shorts. It may look a little baggy, but when you put them on it will stretch out.
Step 6: Turn the shorts right side out, fold and iron them again. If you need to cut off any excess fabric, do it before you fold.
Step 7: To ensure that your shorts don’t unroll while you’re wearing them, sew a few small stiches on the side seams of the shorts. I did two small X’s on each seam. Try to use a thread color that is close to the color there so that it will blend in. I only did this on the inside seams of the shorts I added an embellishment to.