How to make DIY denim cut-offs

Cuffed, used-look, high-waisted, or in black or white, denim shorts are a staple in every girl’s wardrobe. Here, I show you how I update this staple for the upcoming summer with some DIY denim cut-offs.

woman wearing denim cut-off shorts

First, let’s do a little recap.
Wondering when denim shorts became popular? It was in the 1960s! People were fed up with war and politics, the counterculture movement was picking up steam, and people started to find ways to express themselves through their style and fashion.

But even though they became popular so long ago, they are one piece of clothing that I don’t think will ever go out of style.

Nowadays, people enjoy this sense of style by simply cutting off their old jeans and rocking them.

Have you ever tried it too? Or have you wondered how to go about it? Girl, I got you!

Therefore, let’s get started.

How to make DIY denim cut-offs/denim shorts

Step 1:Choose which jeans you want to cut. In my case, I chose long denim shorts, which I didn’t like at all. I knew by giving them a little modern style would make me start loving them again. 

blue denim shorts

Step 2: Lay them on a flat surface to mark using chalk where you should cut. Go for the length that you are comfortable with.

denim shorts, and tape measure

Step 3: Take a sharp pair of fabric scissors and slowly cut along one of the drawn chalk lines.

cut denim shorts

I’ve seen people wear them after this step, but as for me, I don’t think they look cool. That leads us to the next step.

Step 4:I think the ruffled style looks dope. So if you think so, too, let’s raffle off a pair of your DIY denim cut-off. Use a seam ripper to cut off the horizontal threads on the cut edges.

seam ripper

Step 5: Fray the edges. If you have pinking shears, you can do steps 4 and 5 at the same time. Alternatively, you can use something firm to brush out any horizontal threads that may remain, such as a metal comb.

raffled DIY denim cut-offs
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