How To Make Denim Shorts In Three Easy Steps

17/07/2013 15:55 | Updated 22 May 2015

Hurrah! Shorts season is here and if there's one style that will never look old or off trend, it's denim.

The great thing about denim cut-offs? You can make them yourself and, even better - it's super quick to do. So - once you've got a pair of jeans and some scissors, where do you start?


Gen from North London's sewing hot spot Ray Stitch explains the steps below:

1. Choose leg length of shorts and mark with tailors chalk, but remember to include a hem allowance of 2.5 centimetres if you want a neater finish.

2. Cut along the chalk line to your desired length before you turn and neaten the hem. If you want to leave the hem raw with frayed denim then you just cut along the chalk line. If you want a more finished look, roll the hem twice and stitch it. Another alternative is to neaten the edge with bias binding, press it under to the reverse side and hand stitch it in place.

3. You can embellish or dye the shorts if you prefer, or leave them as they are for a classic, worn-in style.

Quick? Check. Easy to do at home? Check. Summer style staple sorted? Yep and these DIY shorts are purse-friendly too. Recycling fashion has never been so simple.

If you're still not sure about taking the plunge and cutting up your old jeans, here's some shorts style inspiration before you start:


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