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How to Cut Jeans into Shorts

Learn how to cut jeans into shorts for perfect DIY cut-offs
Total Time10 mins


  • Pair Jeans
  • 1 Piece Tailor's Chalk
  • 1 Unit Ruler
  • 1 Pair Scissors


  • Try your shorts on and mark the length you would like to make them.
  • Take the shorts off and flatten and straighten the seams. Mark the new length at a slight angle so the side seam is slightly shorter.
  • Add a hem allowance either for fraying or for a folded hem.
  • Cut along the new hem allowance line.
  • Fray the edges by pulling at the blue threads.