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Cut Off Shorts 4 Ways

So this summer heat… um ya, it stinks. I don’t want to be the one always complaining that the weather isn’t just perfect, so I’ll stop right there. Instead, I’m going to make lemonade out of lemons & show you some cute DIY cut-off shorts I made!

I had a bunch of old jeans left over from pre-pregnancy days, or just old days, who knows when, and since I like a good refashion, I have trouble throwing out old clothes. I knew I wanted to make some shorts, so one day I picked up my scissors and just had at it.

If you know me at all, you know my sewing style is a bit crazy. It drives my mother nuts. I don’t measure anything. I have a vague plan before I start but it almost always turns out different. I just have fun with it. That’s why I like to use old clothes because if I ruin it, no biggie. I saw that I had quite a few pairs of jeans, so I thought it would be fun to share more than one way to DIY cut off shorts!

cut off shorts 4 ways

Yes, I know, that’s quite a few crotch shots, but I really wanted you to see the shorts & I didn’t know how else to do it.  I apologize in advance. Moving on…

Regular cut offs

black cut off shorts

I had a pair of black skinnies that I didn’t wear anymore & I needed black shorts. BAM – I get what I need and I spent absolutely no money. I like it! I left these cut off & just did a loose stitch all the way around to make sure it doesn’t fray too high.

Cuffed Under

thick hem cut off shorts

These pants were long, loose pants with a thick cuff at the bottom. Since I was trying to come up with 4 different ways, I thought it would be cool to just replicate what the pants already where. I cut them off, folded them under where I wanted it, ironed them straight & then sewed them up!

Cuffed Up

cuffed jean cut off shorts

I love these. They’re so comfy too. I cut these ones a little longer because I wanted them long & I wanted to cuff them. I did a thin cuff & then hemmed all the way around to have the cuff stay put. In hindsight, I wish I would have gone a little longer on these ones. I might have to see if I have another pair I can cut up.

Lace Hemmed Shorts

cut off shorts with lace

These are my next favorites. Isn’t the lace pretty? It’s kind of hippie-ish, but I like it. I saw a picture on Pinterest where the lace was sewn on the inside of the shorts, but I just liked this look better. And I did try it the other way. All I did was pin the lace down and hem it all the way around. I also cut up a bit on the side for a little added character.

There you have it! I’m definitely bringing these bad boys to The Bahamas next week where it will be hot and humid. I am going to do my best not to complain because my husband thinks I’m a baby. And he just might be right…

I hope this post inspired you to cut up some old jeans to contribute to your wardrobe! Have a great weekend!
Real Girl Style Challenge: Denim Cutoffs

7 Responses to Cut Off Shorts 4 Ways

  1. Rachel July 12, 2013 at 5:54 am #

    Very cute! Makes me inspired to dig out a few old pairs I have and start cuttin! I also love that you sewed the cuff into the shorts. So smart and simple.

    • Natalia July 12, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

      I had another pair that I bought and the cuff didn’t stay well, so I decided to sew this one in. Works so far!

  2. Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels July 12, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    I love that you showed not 1 but 4 ways!!! Love the cuffed ones!! They all look great on you though!

    • Natalia July 13, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

      Thank you! Glad you liked them!

  3. christina July 14, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    these are so super awesome, Natalia! 🙂


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