Cut It Up: DIY Denim Cutoffs

By: Ramshackle Glam

I used to not cut up expensive pairs, but I figure if something cost me upwards of a hundred bucks I'd rather be...wearing it.

Let's talk tips!

  1. Always always always put the jeans on first and make sure you really would like them better as shorts before you pick up the scissors.
  2. With the jeans on, use a pen to make a little dot where you want the shorts to end (I usually cut right around where my fingertips hit my leg).
  3. Err on the side of making them longer – you can always cut more off later – and remember that if you're planning on cuffing them or letting them fray, you'll lose a little length that way.
  4. Remove the jeans, and cut the leg that you've marked, angling slightly down towards the inner seam (that is not a spot where you want to accidentally remove too much fabric). Fold the jeans in half, then cut the second leg to match the first.
  5. If you're looking for a frayed effect, run over the edges (and any additional areas you'd like to have a "worn" look) with a steak knife, and then throw them in the wash.
  6. Think outside-the-box. If you're not into the short-shorts thing, try cutting a pair so that they hit at the knee, then rolling them to make a cute retro style.

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