How To Make Jeans Into Shorts The Easy Way

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Do your boys wear holes into their pants as quickly as mine do? Don’t throw them away. Today, I’m going to show you How To Make Jeans Into Shorts The Easy Way! It seems like two months after I buy them I’m already seeing holes starting to form in them. Why are boys so rough on their clothes? This summer my boys needed more shorts, but instead of buying some, I turned their holey jeans into shorts instead of throwing them away. This way we get a little more use out of them.  It’s really simple actually and only took me about 30 minutes. You can also do this with your own jeans. I think these turned out nice and it beats just throwing them out. I love upcycling projects like this, especially when they are so simple. They are so easy to do and you can do them most of the time in less than an hour. I can’t wait to do this with some of my own jeans that have started to wear out in the knees. I wish I had thought of this sooner. One thing I love about sewing is that the possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

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You can do this project for next to nothing. Just grab an old pair of jeans you want to transform, some fabric scissors, and some thread for your sewing machine and you’ll be good to go. Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

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How To Make Jeans Into Shorts The Easy Way

The first step in how to make jeans into shorts the easy way is to pick out some jeans you want to turn into shorts. I used some holey jeans that I didn’t care for anymore. You could also use jeans that are stained a little farther down the leg.

Once you have the jeans you want to modify, measure where you want to cut them.  I cut these right above the highest hole, so I could have as much length as I could get.  

I just used my fabric shears and cut the first leg and then folded the pants in half to cut the other side. You could also use your rotary cutter for this.

Next on this how to make jeans sewing tutorial, we need to finish the openings we just made.  If you have a serger, serge all the way around each leg hole.  If you have a sewing machine, skip this step.

If you serged your leg holes, fold your hem under ½ inch and pin or clip in place.  If you are using a sewing machine, fold the fabric under ¼” and then another ½” and pin or clip in place.

For the last step in this making jeans into shorts tutorial, we simply need to sew ⅜ “ from the folded edge of the hem, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and edge.  

finished jean shorts

And that’s it! Now you know how to make jeans into shorts the easy way! We hope you enjoyed this fun sewing project. I love taking something old and making something new. Wasn’t it so simple to turn those holey jeans into shorts?  Now you get another season out of those pants!

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How To Make Jeans Into Shorts The Easy Way

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Convert your old jeans into cute shorts! You can do this with any pair of jeans! Grab your old jeans and make them into something new!

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $`1.75

Materials

Instructions

  1. Measure where you want to cut them.  I cut these right above the highest hole, so I could have as much length as I could get.  
  2. I cut the first leg and then folded the pants in half to cut the other side.
  3. If you have a serger, serge all the way around each leg hole.  If you have a sewing machine, skip this step.
  4.  If you serged your leg holes, fold your hem under ½ inch and pin or clip in place.  If you are using a sewing machine, fold the fabric under ¼” and then another ½” and pin or clip in place.
  5.  Sew ⅜ “ from the folded edge of your hem, backstitching at the beginning and edge.  
  6. That’s it! Enjoy your new shorts

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