If you’re like me, at one point or another, your jeans will eventually rip in the inner thigh. It doesn’t matter how expensive my jeans are, they will always do this. So when this recently happened to yet another pair of my favorite jeans, I decided to try something new and turn what was left into a wearable pair of shorts. (This DIY can also be done with a pair of jeans that haven’t ripped).
What You’ll Need:
- A pair of jeans
- Needle and thread
To begin this DIY, you’ll need to cut off the legs of the jeans, leaving enough fabric to roll into cuffs. The more even the cuts, the better, but a little asymmetry won’t matter (this was a little tricky for me because I had to deal with a hole in one of the legs).
Once you have the legs cut off, mark with chalk (pins or colored/white eyeliner can be used to make marks, too) where you want the the shorts to roll up to. Measure down from the bottom of the pockets along the side seam to make sure you get the marks in symmetrical spots. After I marked the spots, I tried the shorts on and rolled them up to make sure they weren’t too short.
Next, roll the shorts up to the mark and pin into place, making sure the seams line up.
You’ll want to make sure the pins near the crotch (for lack of a better term) are equal distances from the center seam.
Once you have all the pins in place, you’ll need to put a few stitches near each pin. You’ll want to start inside the jeans and pull the needle through the jean and picking up a little piece of the cuff before going back through to the inside of the jean.
After finishing stitches at each pin, iron the cuffs to flatten them (this is something you’ll probably have to do after every wash, too). And of course wash off the chalk marks. And that’s it! You’ll have a custom pair of boyfriend shorts!
I’d also eventually love to try something like this:
Let me know what you think! And as always, we’d love to see pics if you try any of these out!