07 July 2011

30 Minute Denim Shorts

These are super-quick to make. And you don't even need a sewing machine!
Who has a pair of jeans they never wear? Yeah, pretty much everyone. I just recently got the memo that flared jeans aren't all the rage anymore (you don't have to be embarrassed to be with me anymore sis!). So I had a pair that were a little tattered on the bottom hem, and I just wasn't crazy about the style.

I've had my eye on these shorts for a while, but was not about to pay $34.50 or even the sale price of $24.50.
Call me crazy, but I don't even like to pay more than $24.50 for my jeans and shorts have half the fabric! I'm also headed to Disney this weekend where it will actually be warm enough to wear shorts! Flared jeans I never wear + picture of cute shorts = new shorts for Susan!

I tried my jeans on and found where I wanted my shorts to end then made a mark 2" below that since I wanted to roll the bottom up. To cut the other leg the same I folded the jeans in half and marked my line to cut.
Just wanted to double-check and make sure I didn't cut one leg shorter than the other, so this is how they look before I rolled them up.
Next you're going to fold the bottom up about 1" and press. Then fold it up again (so the raw edge is hidden) and press again. You could just go with one fold and have the cut edge exposed, but I didn't want to deal with strings hanging off after I wash them.
After that I made a few stitches on each side to keep everything from moving around.
Now try them on and admire the shorts that you made in (probably) less than half an hour. For a whole lot less than $24.50.
And this is my "yay, I'm going to Disney" face!
So go find your slightly-less-stylish-than-they-used-to-be jeans and cut away!
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  1. YAY for new shorts.
    -- i wish i had that face on --
    Have a great time!

  2. First of all...way cute shorts. Second of all, I still think flare jeans are cute. Dang! I guess I am not in style. Anyway, just stoppped by to let you know that I featured your "I Like Big Books" bag. It totally made me smile (and think of the song!). Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I just bought a pair of jeans at the Goodwill outlet that were way too long for me to do the exact same thing with! Love your thrifty mind! ; )

  4. Cut-offs were my staple in high school many moons ago. Easiest shorts ever and they are the best too.

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