How to Turn Your Old Holey Jeans into Shorts

How to Turn Your Old Holey Jeans into Shorts

I had two pairs of jeans that I loved- they were so comfortable! I wore them a lot- until they both had holes in the knees.. which wasn't really the look I was going for. So when my mom and I got an afternoon to ourselves, we set out to turn those old holey jeans into shorts!

Here's what we did:

DIY Pants to Shorts Before and After

Here's how we did it:

1. Start by cutting the jeans just above the hole. Then try them on and figure out how long you want them to be, how much of a roll you want at the end (if you want a roll), and trim your first pant leg.

DIY Cut Off Shorts from Holey Jeans

2. Carefully line up your jeans and use the first pant leg as a guide for the second.

Make Your Own Cut Off Shorts from Jeans Tutorial

3. Choose the zigzag setting on your machine.

Jean Shorts from Jeans Tutorial

4. Sew along the cut edges to prevent fraying.

Zig Zag to Stop Fraying Cut Off Jean Shorts

5. Try the jeans on, roll them the way you want them and pin them.

Make Your Own Shorts from Old Pants

6. You can machine or hand sew up & down along the inside and outside edges of each pant leg (near the seam), just along the fold, to keep the folds in place. (Or you can skip this step & if your shorts unroll at the bottom, just re-roll them).

It's that easy!

DIY Shorts from Old Pants

Now I have two new pairs of jean shorts and I didn't have to throw out my holey jeans! :)

I hope this tutorial is helpful to you if you'd like to try the same thing on your pants, or on your kids'!
(This would be great for kids' pants that are too short but still fit around the bum!)

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  1. I really like this idea because it's so hard to find jeans that fit you well and then you end of wearing them out! Great way to re-purpose them and get more mileage. Plus you can really tailor them to your length liking. Great tip with the zig zag sew to keep from fraying. Wouldn't have thought to do that.

    1. I agree! I am always trying to find jeans that aren't very low rise and this pair was just right! So, I was happy to be able to find another way to use them after they developed holes :) Same thing with the length- I can't always find the length I want and this way I get to choose the length exactly! :) Thanks for taking the time to comment & I'm glad you liked this post! :)

  2. Great timing for this post. My daughter has a pair of jeans that she loves, but they are too short now. I wanted to make them into capris or shorts for her.
    Thanks for sharing,

  3. I need to do this! I have a pair of jeans that I was just going to throw out because there's a hole in the legs... but I should do this instead!!! I do it for my girls' pants but somehow hadn't even thought about it for my pants, LOL! :)


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